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Today's News

  • Mayor will give chamber program

    Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman will present the program at this month's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber will meet at noon this Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Signup for fair pageants is this Saturday

    This year's Fayette County Fair will be July 11-17, and the fair board has planned a number of activities for the week.

    The grandstand events will be as follows:

    • Sunday, July 11-Antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.

  • Route 51 meetings coming up

     The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold its next round of public information meetings on proposed improvements to U.S. Route 51 in the next two weeks.

    Area meetings include:

  • Bank robbery, fire lead to death of man

     The young bank clerk yawned and reached for his coat. James Kelley had worked into his supper hour again that evening and was anxious to leave the State Bank building in Vandalia where he worked.

  • Downtown work worth celebrating

    It was more than a decade ago that Sandy Leidner, while serving as Vandalia’s mayor, had a vision to improve the community’s downtown business district. On Monday, we will celebrate that vision becoming a reality.

    Leidner, and others, realized that Vandalia’s downtown would never be like it was prior to the introduction of large retail department stores. But she also realized that the downtown would suffer even greater damage by letting the streetscape, and the infrastructure beneath it, continue to age and deteriorate.

  • Hicks initiates clothing ministry at First Baptist

    Cindy Hicks saw a need in the Fayette County area and, wanting to help people, was tossing around ideas in her head on how best to do this.

    She saw a need to help people clothe their families, especially younger children and teenagers, when they are hard-pressed to pay their bills, handle school expenses and put food on their table. Although clothes are a necessity, they are not at the top of the have-to-have list.

  • Fayette Water Co. gets aid for Vandalia Lake area project

    The receipt of federal funds that will help to deliver safe, potable water to up to 250 homes in the Vandalia Lake area was celebrated on Earth Day.

    At a program held in the Lions Pavilion at the lake, Fayette Water Co. officials signed documents for a $995,000 loan and a $285,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program.

    Those federal monies, according to Fayette Water Manager Randy Wolf, will be used to fund the installation of 10 miles of water lines in the lake area.

  • Vernon man gets 10 years for meth

    A Vernon man was sentenced in federal court last week to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine operation.

    Conrad J. Wynn, 30, had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the drug.

    Wynn also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of chemicals, products and materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • FCH to discuss ambulances, SCU work at May 10 meeting

    The Fayette County Hospital District Board on Monday discussed several issues, but after meeting for more than two hours, voted to recess its meeting until May 10 to deal with two items of special interest.

    On the agenda for that meeting will be further discussions about the future of the hospital’s ambulance service and a renovation project that would shut down the FCH special care unit for several days.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is May 10-14

    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 10-14.

    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.