Today's News

  • Council hires administrator

    Vandalia’s seven-year search for a city administrator ended right where it started – city hall.

  • Frogtown News

    Small Tornado in St. Peter
    On Saturday evening, a small tornado touched down on the outskirts of St. Peter. It caused some severe damage to a shed at the home of Herschel Ambuehl. Fortunately, no one was injured. Power lines were down, causing a town-wide power outage for the rest of the night, and most of the day on Sunday. The town was at a standstill, even cancelling church! Some roads were flooded and even closed as of Monday morning
    Spends Weekend with Grandparents

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    On the Homestead Back Porch …
    … concern about the various resident wild critters is growing. The mother robin is still holding down the family nest, although our human inhabitant traffic next to it continues.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, May 4
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Officers will be installed and dues of $15 for 2017 will be collected.
    Friday, May 5
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Saturday, May 6
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Sunday, May 7

  • Taking the Oath
  • Card Shower

    Betty Yarbrough
    A card shower has been requested for Elizabeth “Betty” (Binnion) Yarbrough, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on Saturday, May 13.
    The daughter of the late Robert and Amanda Binnion of Patoka, she lived in Bluff City for many years, then moved to Vandalia and retired from Crane Packing after 20 years of service.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 1323 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Marriage Licenses

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

    Randy Paul White
    Barbara Jean Koonce
    Bernard Jeremiah Marley
    Laura Elizabeth VanUytven

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Richard C. Jacques, 51, 312 N. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on May 1 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Sandra D. Norwood, 28, Centralia, was arrested on May 1 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tiffany M. Siebert, 30, 701 N. Locust St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 1 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 4

    ✔ The Vandalia Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. All members are asked to attend.
    ✔ 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 5

  • City sets guidelines for landscape waste pickup

    The city of Vandalia has established new guidelines for the pickup of yard waste, brush and sticks.
    The setting of the new guidelines was announced at Monday’s city council meeting, with Mayor Rick Gottman emphasizing that the city will begin more strongly enforcing the city ordinance prohibiting mowing or blowing grass or other waste into the street.
    Gottman said that not only is that practice unsightly, it’s costly. “It goes into the storm system and it costs us a lot of money (to get it out of the system),” he said.