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Today's News

  • City works up TIF guidelines

    With some aldermen having expressed in recent years a need for better guidelines for the distribution of Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing funds, the mayor and city council gathered specifically for that purpose.
    During a 90-minute work session on Monday, a set of guidelines was put together with input from Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen.
    In preparation of that meeting, City Administrator LaTisha Paslay received copies of TIF guidelines from Granite City and McLeansboro.

  • New county coroner hails from Texas

    Fayette County’s new coroner has been learning about the office by working with the outgoing coroner for the past nine months.

  • County OKs new coroner in split vote

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday offered thanks to the county’s outgoing coroner and then, in a split vote, appointed someone to replace him.

  • Brownstown woman dies from injuries in crash

    A Brownstown woman died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 57  on Saturday evening.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Shirley M. Klitzing, 83, of Brownstown was driving a 1996 Oldmobile southbound in the in the northbound lanes of traffic at the 159.5 mile marker of I-57 shortly before 10:30 p.m. when the vehicle crashed into a 2015 Freightliner and trailer driven by Richard P. Messerve, 68, of Mayer, Ariz.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Krista D. Rigdon, 38, 188 E. 900 Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 4 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Sammy J. Baldock, 43, 969 E. 2800 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 4 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $7,500.
    • Kaleb W. McCormick, 24, 903 N. Main St., Fillmore, was arrested on Dec. 4 for failure to appear in court and on charges of possession of stolen property and theft less than $500. Bond was $3,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 7

    ✔ The Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Dillard's Winter Sale in the community room and main lobby from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
    ✔ An open house is being held from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation office, in the USDA building at Third and Johnson streets, in honor of Resource Conservationist Tony Pals and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the district. Desserts will be served.

    Friday, December 8

  • Teen arrested last week for burglary of vehicles

    Charges are pending against a Vandalia teen who was arrested last week in connection for the burglary of motor vehicles last month.
    According to Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray, Carl E. Carroll was arrested on charges of burglary from a motor vehicle and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
    On Monday, a judge released Carroll due to the fact that charges were not being filed at this time.
    On the evening of Nov. 16, Vandalia Police handled reports of thefts from 13 vehicles. All of those vehicles, Ray said at the time, were unlocked.
     

  • Statehouse Christmas event is this Saturday evening

    The Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday returning to the time when Abraham Lincoln served as a state legislator in that building.

  • Governor helps Statehouse project

    Those attending the Christmas Gala on Saturday to support the Vandalia Historical Society’s window renovation project at the Statehouse were surprised to learn of another supporter – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Ballot spots filled

    Fayette County residents will have decisions to make in three of six county officer positions in 2018.
    Three Democrats filed nominating petitions last Thursday that established races for the offices of county clerk, treasurer and sheriff.
    The filing period for the spring primary election ended at the end of the day on Monday, with the following having filed to run in 2018:
    • County clerk and recorder – Incumbent Vicky Conder of Vandalia (R) and Donna Thull (D) of Ramsey.