Today's News

  • Eleven Vandal wrestlers are all-conference

    Eleven members of this year's Vandalia wrestling team have been named to the South Central Conference all-conference team, eight receiving first team honors.
    The South Central first team included:
    • 106 pounds – Jarek Wehrle, Vandalia
    • 113 pounds – Dakota Gasaway, Vandalia
    • 120 pounds – Will Carlile, Litchfield.
    • 126 pounds – Tanner Swain, Vandalia.
    • 132 pounds – Zack Stephenson, Vandalia.

  • No. 2 in the state

    Vandalia’s wrestlers completed one of the best seasons in the history of the program, and the school, by finishing as one of the top two teams in the state.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Brandon Michael David Kirkland
    Cheyenne Elizabeth Jean McNealy

    Tim Ewing Mason
    Jeanie Eileen Martin

    Benjamin James Sporleder
    Mary Violet Schilling

    Brandon Lee Hamm
    Micah Danielle Dugan

    Bryan Anthony Johnson

  • Early voting now available at county clerk's office

    Due to a ruling handed down by the Illinois Apellate Court, the Fayette County Clerk and Recorder’s office is now open for early voting for the March 20 primary general election.
    Early voting is available in room 106 in the Fayette County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19.
    Grace period voting is available until 7 p.m. on election night, March 20.


  • We Apologize

    As a matter of clarification, the apartment complex mentioned in a story about a shooting incident in last week's issue is owned by Heart and Homes, not Heart and Home Realty.
    We apologize for any misunderstanding.

  • Vandalia Police

    Feb. 26
    • 10:22 a.m. – An officer responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of St. Louis Avenue and Remann Street. The officer was unable to find anyone.
    • 4:45 p.m. – A two-vehicle accident was reported at Second and Gallatin streets. No other information was given.
    • 6:34 p.m. – Charles R. Gifford, 35, 404 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, was arrested in the 400 block of West Fillmore Street on a Fayette County warrant.
    • 8:34 p.m. – An officer took a report of a theft.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stoney W.R. Lewis, 25, 1024 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 27 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Michael W. Franklin, 42, Greenville, was arrested on Feb. 27 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.
    • Christy J. Hicks, 37, 418 W. Washington St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone intersted in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

    Friday, March 2

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold a chicken and fish dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Paying Tribute
  • FIT kits making a difference

    Early numbers show that the Fayette County Health Department’s aggressive approach toward the prevention and early treatment of colorectal cancer is being successful.
    Since beginning to offer FIT (fecal immunochemical testing) kits at the beginning of October, the health department has passed out 61 kits.
    Of the 60 kits that were tests, 20 showed abnormalities, a positivity rate of 33 percent, well above the national rate of 7-13 percent.