Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    John Sidney Rickett
    Vicki Rae Travis
    Larry Wayne Simmons
    Annette Marie Simpson
    Richard Eric Ohnesorge
    Kimberly Ann Williams
    -Joshua Lee Kilzer
    St. Elmo
    Christy Lee Noll
    St. Elmo
    Brandon Keith Cable
    Amanda Renae Lash

  • Local Stopping Woman Abuse office closed

    The office of Stopping Woman Abuse in Vandalia has been closed.
    Due to the state's budget impasse, Stopping Woman Abuse is not able to maintain the local office for services for the elderly and disabled.
    In a press release, they said, "We want to be sure that all seniors are able to receive the services that they need, but we no longer can provide them at the Vandalia office.

  • Cleanup Work Under Way
  • Bids come in high for pool work

    With bids coming in substantially higher than predicted, the Vandalia Park District is forced to scale back the renovation of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool.
    But, one of the park district commissioners has an idea to rectify the situation.
    While Hurst-Roche Engineers of Hillsboro estimated that renovations to the pool would cost about $1.275 million, the three bids for the work ranged from $1.2 million-$1.5 million. But the lowest of the bids, submitted by Wolfe Construction, does not include improvements to the bathhouse.

  • Water-.69%, Sewer-6.27%

    Unless the city council takes action to prevent it, water and sewer rates will increase at the beginning of October.
    As Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. presented the city’s annual audit report on Monday, they also showed the city’s water and sewer production costs.
    That report shows that the city’s water system production costs for the year ending on April 30 were $1,777,198, .69 percent ($12,128) higher than that of the previous year, $1,765,070.

  • WJLY celebrating 25 years next week

    The story begins 25 years ago, when Henry “Hank” and Clara Voss came from Villa Park with their dream to start a Christian radio station in this area.

  • Panhandling law dropped due to ACLU letter

    Acting on the threat of legal action, the Vandalia City Council on Monday rescinded an ordinance prohibiting panhandling that was put on the books just three months ago.
    Mayor Rick Gottman asked the council to rescind the ordinance that states: “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 17

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Obituaries valuable for research

    I recently completed a book project for the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, compiling obituaries of county residents born before 1900. Prior to this year, Fayette County is short on newspapers that would have carried the news of the passing of an old-time resident.
    This new 100-page book, “Our Fayette County Ancestors,” is the seventh in the series and has an average of three obituaries, death notices or funeral cards per page, which will result in more than 300 notices of death and include, for the most part, good genealogy information.

  • Sheriff needs newer vehicles

    Many, many times, Steve Knebel told other members, and the public, that the county should be using the proceeds from the sale of the county's coal rights for capital improvements, not salaries. It appears that some of those funds should be used for county squad cars.
    The county sheriff, Chris Smith, is driving a pickup truck with more than 150,000 miles on the odometer, one of the vehicles that the department has seized in recent years. He's driving that truck because his regular vehicle, an SUV with more than 180,000 miles, is in the shop ... again.