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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held for an addition to Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.
    The Vandalia Police Department received a $6,664 federal COPS MORE grant. The department was to buy up to six cages for squad cars.
    Ralston Edwards, a community leader and grocer in Vandalia for more than 60 years, died at the age of 82.
    Ann Schwarm of Loogootee was appointed coordinator of educational services for the Regional Superintendent of Schools.

  • Notable houses also lined Gasoline Alley

    In April 1933, a former Vandalia resident, Jeff Freeman, visited his old hometown and sat down with the editor of The Vandalia Union newspaper to reminiscence about the businesses that lined Gallatin Street during his boyhood in the late 1870s and 1880s.
    “The famous National Old Trails Road on Vandalia’s leading street was just a sea of mud in which horses and wagons bogged down and citizens feared to cross 50 years ago.

  • School budgets getting squeezed by state's crisis

    Though the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis has impacted nearly every citizen, business and organization operating in the state, it has come home to roost visibly this time of year for Illinois school districts.
    All across the state, school boards and administrators are launching into a new school year with absolutely no idea of how they’re going to keep their schools operating.

  • Fayette County Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug 18

    • Ryan J. Standley, 24, Herrick, was arrested on Aug. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Bond was $3,500.
    • Billie R. Heckler, 40, 101 School St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Aug. 17 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $3,500.
    • Seth A. Schukar, 23, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on Aug. 16 on an alleged probation violation/revocation. Bond was $10,000.

  • City will auction off Letters & Logos equipment

    After numerous attempts to contact the owners of Letters and Logos about their failure to repay loans to the city, Vandalia officials have been given permission to sell company property stored in a local building.
    Fayette County Circuit Court documents show that a sheriff’s sale has been authorized for Letters and Logos property currently stored at 723 Keefer Drive, in the building that served as the company’s Vandalia operations.
    The items to be sold include computers and various tools that were used by Letters and Logos.

  • Satterthwaite brothers tell their Shafter stories

    The saga of Shafter Store continues. It served as the hub of the small rural community and supported two large, growing families (the Etchesons and Satterthwaites) during the Great Depression years and later, when there were many shortages during World War II.
    The store supplied customers with virtually every need it was possible to fill for everyday living, including providing them with egg and chicken money.

  • Future school district revenues 'unclear'

    Though administrators in the Vandalia Community School District have a pretty good handle on the expense lines in their budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, they don’t have a clue what’s in store on the revenue side.
    “The revenues are very unclear at this time,” Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    “We just don’t know what the state is going to do.”

  • Fire early Wednesday

    Vandalia firefighter Jeff Burnam mans the hose as firefighters extinguish a burning outbuilding north of Shobonier early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were sent to property owned by Carl Sprague shortly after 3:30 a.m., and were at the scene for about 30 minutes. Fire officials believe that the fire may have started when a fan motor overheated.

  • Tish responds to new complaint

    The attorney for St. Elmo's mayor contends that the second attempt by the community’s former police chief to sue the mayor for slander is no better than the first.
    In a motion filed on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Charles A. Pierce of Belleville, the attorney for Mayor Larry Tish, argues that Ken Thomason’s amended suit still lacks specificity.
    Thomason, who served as St. Elmo’s police chief for about 16½ years before being terminated by Tish last November, filed a slander suit against the mayor in November.

  • Vandalia hires city administrator

    A Northern Illinois man with more than 20 years of experience in government administration is Vandalia’s new city administrator.
    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes on Monday evening to discuss personnel matters, and several other issues, the Vandalia City Council unanimously approved the hiring of John A. McIntyre.
    McIntyre, who now lives in Orland Hills, fills the post that has been vacant since Jimmy Morani left in April to become the village administrator in New Baden.