Today's News

  • Lions celebrate 90th anniversary

    Back in 1928, 19 Vandalia men got together to form a local arm of an young international service club.

  • We Apologize

    In our election coverage in this week's issue, Treasurer candidates Michelle Hagy should be listed as a Republican and Lucas Watson should be listed as a Democrat.

    We apologize for the error.

  • Election 2018

    County Coroner

  • Moment of Reflection
  • On the clock

    Fayette County could be adding a time clock in the future.
    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, Joe Hart of Bloomington-based Bellwether, the county’s administrative consultant, told board members that he will be demonstrating a time clock on Friday.
    “We’ll move forward from there,” Hart said.
    Also at Tuesday’s meeting, board Chairman Jeff Beckman asked County Treasurer Rose Hoover about the current state of the county’s finances.

  • Hammer sentencing is postponed again

    The sentence hearing for the Vandalia woman who has been convicted of seriously injuring her infant child has again been delayed.
    A sentencing hearing for Aubree Hammer was scheduled for Wednesday morning, but on Monday, Hammer’s sentencing was reset for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 29.

  • Two California men arrested on Class X cannabis charges

    Two California men have been charged with Class X felony cannabis charges after being arrested in Fayette County last Thursday.
    Christian O. Peralta Martinez, 34, of Miranda, Calif., and Shawn E. Hulsey, 33, of Leggett, Calif., were arrested on charges of cannabis trafficking, delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and calculated cannabis conspiracy.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the Ramsey Grade School cafeteria.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted, and funds raised support the UMM projects, including coats and shoes for children at Christmas.

  • Cleanup Week is April 23-27

    Vandalia’s citywide Cleanup Week is about seven weeks away.
    At its meeting on Monday, the Vandalia City Council set Cleanup Week for April 23-27.
    During Cleanup Week, residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation can set out unwanted items with their regular trash on their regular trash pickup days. Phone calls to city hall for pickup of unwanted items are not necessary.
    Items that will not be accepted include: paint in the wet stage, car batteries, tires, brush and landscape waste, construction materials and hazardous waste.

  • Whitten named FFA proficiency winner

    Dalton Whitten, a member of the Vandalia FFA chapter of the Illinois Association FFA, was selected as the District IV FFA proficiency winner in beef production.