Today's News

  • Saturday fire destroys rural residence

    A fire early Saturday afternoon destroyed a residence east of Shobonier.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeff and Evonne Stephenson on North 1100 St., a short distance south of the St. Peter Blacktop, at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday.
    Upon their arrival 12 minutes later, firefighters found the mobile home to be fully involved in flames.
    Vandalia Fire Chief Keith Meadows said that the Stephensons were at a neighbor’s residence when they saw smoke coming from their residence.

  • Vandalia man held on kidnapping charge

    A Vandalia man is being held in Fayette County Jail on $50,000 bond after being arrested last week on a charge of kidnapping.
    One day after his arrest, Christopher G. Griffith, 19, was formerly charged with that offense in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    According to a Vandalia Police report, city officers were dispatched to Walmart at 6:23 p.m. last Tuesday for a report of a person “possibly being held against his will.”

  • Enterprise Zone work begins

    Vandalia officials are beginning the work necessary to continue participating in a state incentives program designed to spur development in Illinois communities.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that the city will start the process of applying for an extension of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone designation.
    The Enterprise Zone designation was awarded to the city at the end of June 1988 by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, now the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

  • NASS will begin conducting survey

    Beginning in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
    ARMS is USDA’s primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices and resource use of America’s farm businesses and the economic well-being of America’s farm households.
    Information obtained from ARMS is used to estimate net farm income and agricultural productivity.

  • Fitch with Lawinger, DeLong

    The law firm of Lawinger, DeLong and Associates LLC has welcomed Emily L. Fitch as a new associate attorney.

  • Bradley joins Law Group

    LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group Ltd. has announced that William Joseph Bradley has joined the firm in the practice of law.

  • Accounting firm transitions from father to son

    Timmermann and Co. Ltd. of Vandalia has announced that the ownership of the accounting business has transitioned from one generation to another.

  • State police running NITE patrols this month

    The Illinois State Police District 12, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in Fayette and Marion counties in January, according to the District 12 commander, Capt. Kelly Hodge.
    The ISP has zero-tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence (DUI) and are not properly buckled up.

  • Marriage Licenses

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

    Brian Edward Amos
    Crystal Jane Morell
    Kyle Marcus Kluemke
    Betsey Jane Emerick

  • SEB falls to Rams, finish last