Today's News

  • Hammer sentencing may be delayed

    A sentencing hearing for a Vandalia woman charged with causing serious injury to her infant child is scheduled for next Tuesday, but it may be continued again.

  • County considers insurance options

    Health insurance coverage for Fayette County employees will remain unchanged for at least one more month, as the county board considers another option.
    During Tuesday’s meeting, county board member Jenny Waggoner, a member of the board’s insurance and personnel committee, told other board members that she had checked with at least 28 companies about providing health insurance for county employees.
    What Waggoner is proposing is that the county consider joining with other Illinois counties in a HOPE trust.

  • Home confinement for Koontz denied

    A judge on Tuesday denied the request of a Vandalia man currently housed in the Fayette County Jail on child pornography charges to be released to home confinement until his trial.

  • Chamber banquet tickets on sale

    Tickets are now available for the annual Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The banquet is being held on Thursday, Jan. 25, in the reception room at Howie’s on Main. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed the presentation of this year’s Abe Award winners.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bonnie R. Felmlee, 34, 1310 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 8 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Angela N. Pope, 41, 3275 N. 1000 St., Ramsey, was arrested on Jan. 8 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Devion L. Tate, 26, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, obstructing justice and fleeing or attempting to elude police. No bond information was listed.

  • Vandalia Police

    Jan. 3
    • An officer responded at 10:27 a.m. to a report of disorderly individuals in the parking lot of Walmart. The situation was resolved without incident when the individuals left the area.
    • An officer responded at 11:35 a.m. to the parking lot of Dollar Tree for a report of a two-vehicle accident. According to the report, a vehicle driven by Mary E. Brown, 85, of Alma, struck a parked vehicle.
    • An officer took a report at 1:32 p.m. of an alleged violation of an order of protection.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 11

    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meeting scheduled for this Thursday has been canceled.

    Friday, January 12

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Monday, January 15


  • Library's winter reading program begins

    The winter reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia is now under way.
    Local students pre-K through high school are invited to sign up for the program. Every book read in January and February is a chance to win a drawing; prizes will be drawn on March 1.
    Children may sign up anytime throughout the program.

  • St. Anthony repeats as FNB Vandalia Holiday Tourney champs

    On its way to defending its state title, Effingham St. Anthony successfully defended its title at the First National Bank Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

  • Vandal wrestlers fifth of 43 at Super Duals

    With midway through the season, it’s a good time for Vandalia’s wrestlers to assess where they stand, both individually and as a team, and the event in Springfield last week served that purpose.
    And the Vandals came through the two-day Super Dual known as Abe’s Rumble strong, finishing fifth in a field of 43 teams, including some of the best in the state.
    Vandalia finished first in its pool as it had a chance to go up against some of the top-ranked Class 1A teams in the state, including No. 1 Lena-Winslow.