Today's News

  • City continues fine-tuning budget

    Working together in a session on Monday that lasted three hours, Vandalia officials and department heads trimmed a sizeable amount of funds from the city’s new budget.
    If those cuts from the Monday session – which was the second round of budget-trimming – the city’s budget total could be reduced by more than $200,000.
    Mayor Rick Gottman called the Monday work session, asking for department heads to help him and city aldermen create a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins on May 1.

  • Attends Conference

  • VFW Buddy Poppy Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, April 30, as VFW Buddy Poppy Day. With Gottman is Margaret Luster, poppy chairwoman at Veteran of Foreign Wars Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia. On April 30, members of the VFW Auxiliary will be selling buddy poppies, with the proceeds going to help disabled and needy veterans.

  • SAFE Proclamation

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Vandalia. With Gottman is Teresa Duckworth, an advocate for SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies).

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life book sale continues

    A book sale to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life is continuing at National Bank, 520 W. Gochenour St., Vandalia.
    The sale will continue until all books are sold.

    VCHS book fair is this week

    Vandalia Community High School is hosting a book fair through Monday, from 8-4 p.m. daily. Parents may go online to shop and place orders at scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs.
    For more information, contact Fran Rickman at 283-5155 ext 288.

  • Vandalia is starting point for National Road tour

    Illinois will be the starting point for an antique car and truck tour observing the 200th anniversary of when National Road construction began.
    The National Road Alliance, comprised of the six National Road states, is coordinating the tour that begins on May 1 in Vandalia and ends on May 7 in Cumberland, Md., where a celebration is being held to observe the road’s origin.

  • Lions' circus is next Wednesday

    The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 73rd anniversary.
    Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores, this traditional tented circus has seen the passing of the millennium and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings.

  • Marriage Licenses-April 14,2011

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Darren Ray Sullens
    Donna Faye Simpson
    Roger Lynn Mosley Jr.
    Tara Joyce Rittis
    Anthony Leon Hebenstreit
    Kendall Rae Washburn

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-April 14, 2011

    • Daniel J. Durbin, 27, 304 N. Pine St., Apt. B, St. Elmo, was arrested on April 12 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. Bond was $5,000.
    • Ronald L. Patnode, 50, 1502 N. Eighth St., Apt. 15, Vandalia, was arrested on April 12 on a charge of pedestrian under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Bond was $120 cash.
    • Stetson W. Stokes, 19, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on April 11 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 14

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, April 15

    ✔ Patoka Junior High School students will be observing Earth Day by helping to clean up the Patoka Park and Patoka Cemetery.