Today's News

  • The Way We Were-April 14, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Tornadoes in southern Fayette County caused damage estimated at $500,000. No injuries or deaths were reported from the group of twisters, which also caused damage in Marion County estimated at $10 million.
    The Vandalia City Council recommended that city residents be surveyed about a change in the form of city government.
    After the completion of some rehabilitation work to the old Presbyterian Church, the Fayette County Museum was set to re-open.

  • Hurricane Creek the largest in Fayette

    Some years back, Leo Marty of Ramsey asked me to write a column about the creeks of Fayette County. I had written about the villages, schools, people and roads, but nothing on the creeks and branches that run through the valleys of Fayette County.

  • Be cautious on rural roadways

    The signs of spring are beginning appear – the grass is growing, flowers are blooming and kids are outside playing. Add to that list the movement of farm equipment.
    Generally, the arrival of spring means more traffic on our roads. Motorcyclists are out on their bikes, and people are beginning to take more weekend jaunts. Rising gas prices – with some experts predicting that a gallon of gas will increase to $5 per gallon this summer ­­– could change that somewhat.

  • Vandalia native has become a successful author

    Rosemary “Rosie” Gerkin’s family could be considered as pioneers in Vandalia.
    A life-long resident of Vandalia, Rosie and her husband, the late Dennis Gerkin, are the parents of sons Denny and Jimmy Joe.

  • Two found guilty on meth charges

    Two local men were convicted of methamphetamine charges in a jury trial last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    A jury deliberated for a little more than three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Travis W. Metzger and Brian E. Scholes.
    Both Metzger, of Vandalia, and Scholes, of Brownstown, were found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials.

  • Still working on CO2 storage

    A little more than a month after Fayette County lost out on its effort to host carbon dioxide storage for the FutureGen 2.0 Alliance, the company leading that effort is still at work.

  • 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).