Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Garrick Lew Moreland
    Christy Lynn Buck
    Christopher Lee Summerlott
    Melissa Ann Summers
    Patrick Charles Christianson
    St. Elmo
    Amanda Marie Parish
    St. Elmo


  • School board asked to consider dance teams

    For the second time in three months, the Vandalia Board of Education was asked to consider adding teams in the district.
    Kelly Emerick, who owns Vandalia Performing Arts Center with her husband, Matthew, asked board members to consider adding competitive dance, first at the junior high and then later at the high school.
    Emerick’s request came two months after Melvin McKinney and Gail Dugan asked for the addition of a fishing club. The board approved the fishing club request last month.

  • Bathroom, outdoor step improvements planned for VCHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education last week approved engineering for improvements to parts of Vandalia Community High School that are original to the school’s construction in the early 1950s.
    Renovations to the high school gym bathrooms through multiple projects have been estimated at $125,336.
    Also planned are the replacement of the high school gym steps and concrete, estimated to cost $49,635, and the replacement of the steps and concrete at the main entrance of the school, estimated at $46,635.

  • Calendar

    Friday, March 30
    ✔ A rummage sale and bake sale for the St. Elmo High School post-prom will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church, 112 W. Sixth St., St. Elmo.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and dye Easter eggs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Donald E. Haslett, 30, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on March 27 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Ryan D. Snider, 21, 454 E. 2595, Ramsey, was arrested on March 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Dalton J. Thomas, 21, 925 W. Orchard St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Chloe A. Reed, 23, 302 W. Fifth St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 26 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Donkey Basketball
  • HCE honors Zimmermanns

    During a meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, Donna Blair, the community and family issues officer, said that an area family should be nominated for the annual Illinois Association of Home and Community Education Great American Family Award.

  • VVFD wants to create department museum

    Vandalia’s volunteer fire department told city officials last week about its interest in creating a museum at the building it purchased last summer.
    Fire Chief Keith Meadows told the city council’s public safety committee that VVFD members had talked about creating a museum in the front of the building at Sixth and Johnson streets that was formerly the home of Atmos Energy.
    In that museum, Meadows said, the department would like to display old equipment, including three of the department’s earlier trucks.

  • Former St. Elmo church destroyed by fire

    A fire early last Thursday destroyed a building that served a St. Elmo congregation for close to a century.

    St. Elmo firefighters responded to the fire at the former home of First Christian Church, at Third and Ash streets, shortly before 1:30 a.m., and received mutual aid assistance from the Brownstown, Vandalia, Altamont and Shumway departments.
    The building served as the home of First Christian Church from 1903-98, with a new home for the church built east of town in 1998.

  • City cites owner of old Walmart

    Because the building has not been maintained since its former occupant left, Vandalia officials were hoping that the owner would consider donating the former home of Walmart to the city or a local charity.
    Now, because the owner of that building has declined to even respond to that request, according to Mayor Rick Gottman, the city has issued ordinance violations in an attempt to get the problems with the property rectified.
    Walmart moved into its new Supercenter in June 2011, leaving its former home at Veterans Avenue and Randolph Street empty.