Today's News

  • VIDEO-Rick Gottman's Closing Statement at Forum
  • VIDEO-John David Wehrle Jr.'s Closing Statement at Forum
  • VIDEO-Neil Clark's Closing Statement at Forum
  • City, school board candidates participate in Candidates' Forum

    As expected, the incumbents in Vandalia’s contested mayoral and school board races touted their experience and accomplishments at a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, while their challengers offered to bring fresh ideas and change to those positions.


    The forum, sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, also featured two of three candidates for an aldermanic seat on the April 7 ballot.


  • Brownstown man charged in stabbing

    A Brownstown man is in Fayette County Jail on $150,000 bond for allegedly stabbing two individuals over the weekend.

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed information on Tuesday charging Jerry L. Carroll, 38, with one count of armed violence and three counts of aggravated battery.

    Judge James Roberts of Hillsboro set Carroll’s bond during the Brownstown man’s first appearance in court on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Public meeting on Gallatin Street project is Tuesday

    The city of Vandalia will hold a public meeting next Tuesday on the Gallatin Street project.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said the purpose of the meeting, which will be held at 5 p.m. at Vandalia City Hall, is to provide information to the public about the project, and to answer any questions from concerned citizens and business owners.

    City officials and representatives of the city’s consulting engineering firm, HMG Engineers of Carlyle, will be present. Representatives of Hank’s Excavating and Landscaping, the general contractor on the project, will also be present.

  • Anita Mahon enjoys long career at Rural King

    Some will remember a childhood and past years of early springs when a sure sign of the anticipated season was the arrival of tiny, fuzzy baby chickens at the local feed store. The large cardboard boxes had holes in the sides to allow for air and for glimpses of the little creatures and through which many little “peeps” and “tweets” were heard.

  • Downtown benefits worth disruptions

    After years of discussion and planning, construction has finally gotten under way on the downtown enhancement project in Vandalia.

    This first phase will involve work to shore up the infrastructure in the in downtown area – specifically, the sewer lines. One benefit of the project will be that sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines will be split – so all rain runoff won’t have to go through the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

  • Stamm, Lockart " Vandalia's shoemakers

    In 1994, Vandalia celebrated her 175th anniversary with a year-long celebration.

    One of the events was a dinner held at the First Baptist Church to honor first families, cities whose charters were granted while Vandalia was the capital (1819-1839), oldest living person in the county and Vandalia’s premier businesses.

    Clarence Lockart was recognized at that time, not only for being the oldest businessman in Vandalia, but also for having been in business more years than any of Vandalia’s other merchants.

  • VIDEO-Committee of 10 Member Talks About Consolidation

    At Saturday's community meeting to present information about the proposed consolidation of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts, Chad Wilhour, a member of the Committee of 10 formed to study the consolidation, voiced his opinions on the issue.