Local News

  • Council adds liquor license for new restaurant

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a Class E liquor license, which would go to a new restaurant in town.
    The council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment that increases the number of Class E licenses available from seven to eight.
    With that action now taken, Mayor Rick Gottman, as the city’s liquor commissioner, will act on the liquor license application submitted for Anthony’s, a restaurant at the northeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Gallatin Street.

  • FIT kits

    Flu clinics offered by the Fayette County Health Department helped to kick start a new program that helps diagnose colorectal cancer.
    And the results from that first group of fecal immunochemical tests surprised FCHD officials.
    As of Oct. 31, the department had distributed 55 kits, and of those, 41 of the kits had been returned. Of the 41 kits returned and tests run, 15 were found to be abnormal.
    That means the rate of abnormal tests was 36.6 percent, much higher than the national rate for abnormal FIT tests – 7-13 percent.

  • Getting on track

    As the 45th anniversary for a significant landmark in Vandalia was observed last week, the work to preserve that landmark – and fund that preservation work – continues.

  • Premium surcharge for Nov. 23 issue

    Due to the premium nature and increased production and distribution costs of the Thanksgiving Day edition, to be published on 11/23/2017, all subscribers will incur a nominal additional charge of $1 for the edition.
    Your total bill will remain unaffected but there will be a slight adjustment in your expiration date, unless you have selected the Monthly EZ Pay option.  The premium surcharge will be added to the applicable regular Monthly EZ pay charge.

  • Peoples acquires local First Bank branch

    The Peoples State Bank of Newton announced last week that it has signed a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire three Southern Illinois branch locations (Vandalia, Greenville and Salem) with approximately $84 million in deposits from First Banks Inc.’s banking subsidiary First Bank.  
    Peoples has also agreed to purchase the fixed assets and a small amount of loans related to the purchased branches.  They expect the transaction to close during the first half of 2018, subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

  • CEFS receives food, shelter funds

    C.E.F.S. Fayette County has been chosen to receive $4,850 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Blood drive is Tuesday
  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 16

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St. Vandalia. For more information, call 283-7262.

    Friday, November 17

    ✔ The annual chili supper and Spirit Night sponsored by the St. Elmo/Brownstown cheerleaders will be held at St. Elmo High School. The chili supper is in the SEHS cafeteria from 5-6:30 p.m., with the cost being $6 per person. Spirit Night is in the SEHS gym at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 or one canned food item.

  • Northside Church Pays Tribute to Veterans

    The congregation of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia welcomed back a couple of familiar faces to help them observe Veterans Day.

    The church combined its regular Sunday service with a program to honor veterans, as well as those currently serving in the armed forces. The Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), the former pastor of the church, was invited to be the guest speaker for the program and deliver the Sunday sermon. Rhodes and his wife, Pat, are both veterans.  Veterans on hand for the combined program and service included Brad Elmore (first photo).

  • Bellwether, Wilhour respond to letter

    The two parties that County Coroner Bruce Bowen mentioned in his letter of resignation last week responded in writing to comments made by Bowen.
    In his resignation letter to county board Chairman Jeff Beckman, Bowen expressed his displeasure with the county’s new budget preparation process, saying that he was excluded from the process.
    “All the other department heads were scheduled for a budget meeting and allowed input on their budget; I was not,” he said.