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Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Yarbroughs among first families

    The Yarbrough family is truly one of Fayette County’s first families, appearing on the first census of Illinois in 1818.

  • Work done to deal with county deficit

    As expected, the Fayette County Board last week approved a deficit budget for the fiscal year that began in December. We knew that was coming, based on comments from members of the board's finance committee in recent months.
    Declining revenues and increasing expenses are to blame, and the state's failure to make scheduled payments on tax revenues and reimbursements don't help the cause.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman and other board members said that they will be working with department heads on ways to cut expenses this fiscal year.

  • Chamber holding Cardinals Dinner

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Cardinals Baseball Dinner on Saturday, March 4, at the Vandalia American Legion Home.
    In honor of the 35th anniversary of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, featured guests will be Ken Oberkfell and Glenn Brummer, members of that team.
    The evening begins with a ballpark menu dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the ballplayers at 7 p.m. The program concludes with an autograph session.

  • VPD alerts residents of new IRS phone scam

    Everyone is a target for a phone scam in which the targeted person is threatened with arrest, even the police chief.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday that “people are getting hammered with phone calls” in which the caller claims to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service.
    To alert local residents, the VPD is issuing the following release from the IRS:

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bobby G. Pate Jr., 20, 301 Capital Pointe, Apt. 26, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and unlawful use of a driver’s license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Donald E. Haslett, 39, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 20 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kenneth D. Schwager, 19, 2206 Angie Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 20 on a charge of motor vehicle theft. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 23

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Smith starts business in his hometown

    A graduate with Brownstown High School’s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior’s shop class in high school for as many years as he could (all four years), and his interest and passion for that continued on.

  • Child pornography trial nears end

    The case of a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography could go to the jury as early as Wednesday.

  • Bridge work close to being done

    The completion of a project that calls for the replacement of two bridges at a major intersection in Vandalia will be completed by early April, if not sooner.