Today's News

  • Bolyard snares long-time friend for vets' cause

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia supports Operation Comfort Warriors, an organization who meets the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel.

  • No support for 1st Responders at committee meeting

    A proposal that Vandalia’s volunteer firemen become certified as First Responders has essentially been rejected.
    Though there was no formal vote taken last Wednesday afternoon, no one attending a meeting of the city council’s public safety committee voiced support for that proposal.
    It was a proposal suggested by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen at Feb. 16 meeting of the city council.

  • Sharing Memories
  • County maps now online

    Those who have purchased plat books for information about properties in Fayette County now  can get it online.
    Fayette County Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz made a presentation to the county board on Tuesday on what she described as an “electronic plat book.”
    Lotz said a new GIS (Geographic Information System) website – fayetteil.mygisonline.com – that is hosted by The Sidwell Co. and maintained by her office provides the same maps that are available in plat books.

  • Sheriff asks county to add new post

    Some members of the Fayette County Board told Sheriff Chris Smith that based on the county’s financial position, they cannot support his request to hire someone to help him with administrative duties.
    Other members said that they might be willing to re-evaluate that request later this year, if there is improvement in the county’s finances.
    Smith asked the board to consider allowing him to hire an undersheriff, an employee who would have responsibilities similar to a chief deputy but would also have additional duties.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The former A&W Root Beer stand, which was located on North Eighth Street south of Dairy Queen, is shown above.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – A minor earthquake measuring between 3.4 and 4.0 on the Richter Scale woke many Fayette County residents from their sleep.
    VI Enterprises closed its hat manufacturing plant in Vandalia.
    About 450 teens attended Teen Aid V at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1985 – About 70 people turned out to “Meet the Candidates” who were running for city offices in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl loves animals and children.

  • State tax cut would be big hit to the city

    As he prepares to address the state's long-running financial problems, new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has said that everyone will not like his actions and that many will suffer. That's certainly the case for the city of Vandalia.
    One of Rauner's proposals is to cut in half the state income tax traditionally given to municipalities. In Vandalia's case, that would mean a loss of close to $350,000.

  • Proving that Lincoln is a relative

    This past weekend my granddaughters, Amy and Kaylee, came with their daddy for a visit to grandma’s house. As we sat around the supper table, the girls told me that the kids at their school (they’re second-graders) did not believe they were related to Abraham Lincoln.