Today's News

  • Former asst. state's attorney named judge

    A former assistant state’s attorney in Fayette County is the newest judge in the state’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.
    Amanda Ade-Harlow was announced last Thursday as an associate judge by Michael J. Tardy, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

  • Statehouse events this weekend

    This state’s oldest existing capitol will host two holiday events this weekend, including one that includes a popular give-away.

  • City given 2 tax levy hike options

    The Vandalia City Council was presented on Monday two options for the city’s new tax levy, each of which calls for a substantial increase in the total levy.
    And, while a levy with a large increase will be approved, the impact on residents’ property tax bills will be significantly lower.
    Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., the city’s auditor, presented to city officials at Monday’s council meeting one proposed levy with a 21.85-percent increase and one with a projected increase of 12.34 percent.

  • Santa Paws
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, December 8

    ✔ "Dillards, A Style of Christmas" to benefit the Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary will be open from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the hospital's community room.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Lyndsay N. Doehring 30, 704 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 5 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Toni R. Rutherford, 25, 732 S. Eighth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 5 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Erik M. Klein, 30, 1320 W. South St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 5 for failure to appear in court and on a charge of theft more than $300. Bond was $2,500.
    • Randall L. Buie, 52, St. Elmo, was arrested on Dec. 5 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $5,000.

  • A coffee shop downtown

    Have you ever been busy, running errands, shopping (and still need to pick up a unique and special gift),  perhaps needing to check your phone or email  messages or make a quick phone call, meet someone and, most of all, need sit down and have a quick (and quiet) cup of coffee while taking care of some or all of the above things.

  • Briefs

    22/22 Challenge begins on Jan. 2

    With a 2012 study conducted by the Veterans Administration that shows that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, Northside Christian Church is inviting community members to join a national challenge at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    The challenge is to do 22 pushups each day for 22 days.

  • BSE second at CHBC Tourney, Lady Vandals go to 1-1

    Brownstown/St. Elmo took second place in the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Thanksgiving Tournament, falling to Neoga, 63-56, in the championship game.
    The Lady Bombers took a 7-5 lead after one quarter and by one, 19-18, at halftime. However, Neoga took the lead for good by outscoring BSE 24-13 in the third quarter.
    BSE outscored Neoga in the final stanza, but a 24-21 edge wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.
    Dana Shelton led BSE with 16 points and her sister, Deana, added 13. Claire Wilhour was also in double figures with 10.

  • Vandals cruise past MG in opener

    Nathan Casey and Marcus Zimmerman each scored 10 points as the Vandals built up an early lead against Mulberry Grove and coasted to a 85-42 win in their season opener on Tuesday night.