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Today's News

  • FFA First at Land Use Competition

    The Vandalia FFA competed at the Fayette County Land Use CDE on Tuesday, Sept. 26  The team finished in first place overall and will now compete at the Section level. Team members included Amber Halstead, Nicholas Wollerman, Dalton Whitten, Anna DePaolo, Cassidy Anderson, Ali Willenborg, Kyle Miller, Elizabeth Cable, Gaige Beall, Keith Green, Steven Lach, and Brendan Boley.
    Photo provided by Vandalia FFA adviser Mandy Totten
     

  • Life Chain Sunday

    Members of local churches participated in the annual Life Chain event, held locally at the intersection of Gallatin Street and Kennedy Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

    Organizers of the event describe it as "peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for prayer for our nation and for an end to abortion."
    Photo submitted by Debbie Hobbie

  • Council OKs fourth liquor license for gaming

    The third time is a charm for a local business wanting a city liquor license that allows gaming.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday voted 5-1 to increase the number of Class J liquor licenses from three to four.
    The ordinance amendment was drawn up after the owner of Discount Tobacco again filed an application for a Class J license, which allows gaming in conjunction with the sale of alcohol for consumption on-site only.

  • Shobonier man dies in accident

    A Shobonier man died Friday morning when the car he was repairing rolled forward, trapping him underneath.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that a neighbor found Terry Wilkerson, 51, pinned under his car, and jacked it up, freeing him.
    The Vandalia Fire Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at about 11:39 a.m.
    Bowen pronounced Wilkerson dead at the scene at 12:04 p.m.
    The death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office.

  • Marriage Licenses

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

    Keith Edward Koski
    Fillmore
    Elizabeth Kristine Miller
    Fillmore
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    Andrew Russell Jones
    Beecher City
    Lindsay Marie Forbes
    Beecher City
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    Robert Edward Fritcher
    St. Elmo
    Amanda Kay Walton
    St.Elmo
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    Joshua Charles Figgins
    Belleville
    Amy Jo Walton
    Shobonier

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shane A. White, 18, 200 Capitol Pointe, Apt. 4, Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 2 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and possession of methamphetamine. Bond was $10,000.
    • Christy M. Topolski, 38, 200 S. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 2 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $575 cash.
    • Corey M. Parks, 35, 635 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 2 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 5

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ The Evans Public Library's Homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

    Friday, October 6

    ✔ Schools are not in session due to the Regional Office of Education No. 3 Teachers' Institute.

  • Hammer signs open guilty plea to injuring her infant child
  • TIF grants supported for new restaurant, historic house

    Vandalia aldermen on Monday night recommended Tax Increment Financing grants for a new restaurant and restoration work on an historic home that houses a state office.
    Also during that work session prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that after those two TIF applications are acted on, the program will be put on hold due to a sizeable project that is pending.
    Aldermen first recommended the approval of an application submitted by Charles Barenfanger for the historical Dieckman house at 129 N. Kennedy Blvd.

  • 'Huge success'

    The president of the Vandalia Historical Society believes that organization’s event at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday went over well.