Today's News

  • 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.

  • New Coroner
  • Recycling, county consultant in the news

    We continue with our look back at 2017 in this issue.
    FAYCO Enterprises set up an online survey to hear from the residents of Vandalia whether they currently uses recycling services offered locally and whether they would be willing to pay a $1.25 monthly surcharge to keep those services available. Later in the month, the city received the results of that survey, which showed that 54.5 percent of city residents were willing to pay a surcharge.

  • Thrill Hill Bridge Project Progressing