Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dionte R. Williams, 21, Carbondale, was arrested on July 30 on a charge of driving 26-34 mph over the speed limit. Bond was $1,600.
    • Bryan D. Henna, 33, 330 S. Coles St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 30 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $10,000.
    • Carlos I. Reyes, 36, Springdale, Ark., was arrested on July 29 on charges of improper lane usage, driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Rural King recognizes long-time employee

    Melvin and Sherry Hill described their son, Tim, as a good, but adventurous young boy.

    “He loved to climb on things,” Sherry said. “One time, when he was going to feed his chickens, he jumped over the fence instead of opening the gate, fell and broke both of his arms. He was a good boy, just a daredevil,” she said.

  • Surplus monies will cover deficits in new city budget

    The Vandalia City Council has approved a budget that includes deficits in three funds, but those deficits will not create an overall deficit.
    That’s because surplus monies in those funds will be used, if necessary, to offset the deficits. Also, those deficits may be smaller than anticipated.
    Three days after going over the budget for the current fiscal year during a work session, the Vandalia City Council approved on Thursday afternoon a spending plan tied to that budget.

  • School will start even with fight on funding

    The start of a new school year may be delayed in some Illinois districts, but not in Vandalia.
    In recent weeks, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well has kept school board members, administrators and teachers updated on the stalemate in the state capitol that means a delay in the release of funds to Illinois school districts.
    “There’s no mechanism yet to send out funds for schools,” Well told the Vandalia Board of Education at its July meeting.

  • Sprucing Up Our History
  • Happy – but hot – times at the Fayette County Fair (18 Photos)
  • Despite heat, good turnout for Rotary blood drive

    The Vandalia Rotary/Red Cross July 18 blood drive at the Vandalia Moose Lodge resulted in 87 good pints of blood, a great showing for a hot July day.

  • Sauer – Rabe

    Megan Sauer and Mitchell Rabe have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding

  • Briefs

    Carson’s Lemonade Stand

    Carson’s Lemonade Stand is being held again this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at County Market on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.
    Carson LaDage holds the Lemonade Stand fundraiser at various locations to raise funds for research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with 81 cents of every dollar donated to go directly to research.
    Donations are accepted.

    Concert at St. Elmo Christian Church

  • Kaskaskia College

    Beginning beekeeping class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will hold a beginning beekeeping class throughout the KC District in August.  The course will be live at the KC Vandalia Campus and shown simultaneously at the Nashville, Salem and Trenton Education Centers.
    This class will meet on Monday, Aug. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will be an introductory course designed to acquaint the students with basic beekeeping.