Today's News

  • Police will accept prescription drugs this Saturday

    As part of a nationwide campaign to prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, the Vandalia Police Department will be collected unwanted prescription drugs.
    Local residents may drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the police department, 219 S. Fifth St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is May 9-13

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 9-13.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.

  • Man accused in stabbing to be in court Wednesday

    An Edgewood man who was arrested after a stabbing in the southeast corner of Fayette County a little more than a week ago was to make his first court appearance with an attorney on Wednesday.
    Walter L. West, 20, faces felony aggravated battery charges for his role in an incident on April 15 at a home in rural Laclede.
    The Illinois State Police reported that they received a 911 call about an altercation at 6:03 p.m. on April 15. Three troopers responded to the scene.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-April 28, 2011

    • Jay G. Smith, 59, 518 W. Orchard St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 25 on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $3,000.
    • Ryan E. Peterson, 34, East St. Louis, was arrested on April 25 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000, and he was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

  • Community Calendar-April 28, 2011

    Thursday, April 28

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Vandalia Correctional Center for VCC employees.
    ✔ Brownstown Elementary School will hold a kindergarten open house and pre-registration from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Koberlein takes taxidermy from hobby to business

    If you are entering Tony Koberlein’s workshop and showroom for the first time, be prepared, because you might come face-to-face with a snarling, teeth-bared coyote, a huge elk, a full-size longhorn cow or a life-size buck deer with a large rack.

  • School finances still in good shape

    With two months left in the current fiscal year, the Vandalia School District continues to be in a good financial position.
    “We still have positive balances in all of our funds,” Superintendent Rich Well said about the financial report presented at last week’s Vandalia Board of Education meeting.

  • Judge denies request to suppress statements in murder case

    A judge has agreed to suppress a statement made by a Loogootee teen in an ambulance shortly after he allegedly murdered a couple living a short distance from him.
    But, Judge Michael McHenry denied a motion by Clifford Baker’s attorneys to suppress statements he made during a videotaped interview a few hours later.
    McHaney filed on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on several motions argued during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • Another spring of flooding

    Another extremely wet spring has again delayed planting for Fayette County farmers, particularly those with low-lying ground in the county.

  • Sports cancellations -- Wednesday, April 27

    Vandalia softball at Pana has been canceled for today. A makeup date is TBA.

    Vandalia baseball vs. Pana has been canceled for today. A makeup is TBA.

    The St. Elmo make-up baseball game against Patoka for today has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

    The St. Elmo softball game against Altamont for today has been canceled and will be played on May 11.

    Any additional cancellations that are reported will be posted here throughout the day.