Today's News

  • John J. Satterthwaite Sr., 69, Brownstown


  • Work on TIF rules is a good idea

    Time and time again, members of Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing advisory committee and city council have asked for more guidance as they considered applications for TIF grants and loans. Hopefully, they will be getting that sometime soon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday's council meeting that he is forming a committee to study the existing rules and regulations for TIF awards, and to recommend changes for those.
    That's a good idea, especially considering discussions on TIF requests at recent council meetings.

  • Looking Back
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger.
    The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • Pearson circus overwintered in Ramsey

    The other day, on my way to Vandalia, I was met by three semi trucks hauling carnival rides. After all, this is the season for carnivals that winter in the southern states to make their northern trek, providing entertainment for us in the hinterland.
    When I returned home, I pulled a file that I had started some time back on the Pearson Carnival, whose home was Ramsey. It was Mrs. Pearson who had the Ramsey connection.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These siblings graduated from Vandalia Community High School, and they live in Fayette County.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Debra Faye Sapp
    Brittony Elaine Cook
    William Cody Owens
    Kendra Rae Morell

  • VJHS advances five girls and two boys to IESA Class AA state track meet


  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, May 19

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, May 20

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jennifer L. Zeitler, 37, 6442 N. First St., St. Elmo, was arrested on May 16 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    • Christopher L. Scholes, 31, 317 S. Thompson St., Ramsey, was arrested on May 16 on a charge of home invasion. He was awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Joshua A. Durre, 28, Altamont, was arrested on May 16 on a charge of burglary. He was released at the order of a judge.