Today's News

  • Recycling future

    The future of the local recycling programs will be discussed during a meeting next Monday afternoon at Vandalia City Hall.

  • County finance battle continues

    Two months after approving a $600,000 interfund loan to cover expenses for the current fiscal year, all of that loan money has been used.
    At the start of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, County Treasurer Rose Hoover told board members that the county’s general fund had a deficit of $24,248.88 at the end of March.
    And, Hoover said, “It’s a guessing game – I don’t think we will have enough money at the end of April” to cover expenses.

  • Two new VJHS programs OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved two new programs at Vandalia Junior High School that are designed to help some students at that school begin working toward their post-high school futures.
    Using federal grant funds, After-School and Gear Up programs work jointly to provide support for those students through their high school graduation, according to VJHS Principal Brian Kern.
    “It gets them to start thinking about the future and giving them support in areas that will help them in the future,” Kern said.

  • Guidelines for Vandalia's Cleanup Week are listed

    For Vandalia residents anxious to clean out their garages, basements and other storage areas, next week is the time to do it.
    Next Monday through Friday is Cleanup Week in Vandalia, with customers of Doty Sanitation being allowed to get rid of additional items along with their regular trash.
    The city’s guidelines for Cleanup Week are:
    • Unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • First Pentecostal 100th anniversary this weekend

    The First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia is inviting the public to join in celebrating 100 years of Apostolic Pentecostal Faith in Vandalia and of serving the families and friends of Vandalia since 1917.
    The celebration will be held at the church, located at 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. The hosts are the church pastor, the Rev. Victor Yatow, and Sister Diana Votaw.   
    • Friday at 7 p.m. – Speaker, Dr. David Bernard, general superintendent of UPCI in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Chuck Vinson, 28, 3489 Raven Road, Farina, was arrested on April 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Justin C. Finley, 26, 168 E. Sixth St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tristan L. Davis, 30, Decatur, was arrested on April 17 on a charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 20

    ✔ Priority Staffing Group and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will hold a hiring event Priority Staffing, 1442 N. Eighth St., Suite B, Vandalia. It is open to veterans from 9-10 a.m. and to the public from 10 a.m.-noon. Applicants should take two valid forms of identification (state-issued photo ID and either Social Security card or birth certificate). To complete an application, go online to www.prioritystaffinggroup.com.

  • Sophia Anna Cole

    Sophia Anna
    Adam and Krista Cole of Colorado Springs, Colo., are the parents of a girl born at 9:55 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.

    Sophia Anna weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.
    She has a sister, Olivia Allison.
    Maternal grandparents are Ty and Lisa Langham of Greenville, and paternal grandparents are Fred and Shirley Cole of Vandalia.

  • Extension provides training for VCUSD nutritionists

    Vandalia Community Unit School District #203 school nutrition professionals recently completed their required professional development training through their partnership with the University of Illinois Extension.

  • Lotz – Snow

    Carissa Lotz of Effingham and Andrew Snow of Kinmundy have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.