Today's News

  • Take a few minutes to vote

    If there were ever a time where we realized the significance of voting, this is it.
    The state of Illinois has been running without a budget for nine months – who’s fault is it, our new governor or our state legislators? Truth is, there is plenty of blame to spread around.
    Regardless of who’s to blame, it’s important to remember that they are our elected officials. It is us who elected them.
    If we want change, it is up to us to cause it by getting out to vote.

  • Library has adult reading program

    Evans Public Library is offering an adult reading program, and signup for that program begins on Monday.
    For each book an adult reads, he or she may fill out a slip of paper with their name and phone number, which will be put into a drawing for their choice of a $20 Walmart gift card, $20 Denny’s gift card or $20 gift card from Words, Wicks and Wood. Books must be checked out from Evans Library. For more information, call the library, 283-2824.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Darrel Dunagan, 41, 1116 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 8 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. Bond was $75,000.
    • Kenneth J. Pontious, 32, Mason, was arrested on March 7 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to transfer title and unlawful use of a weapon. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Dixie B. White, 58, 1003 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 7 for fialure to appear in court. Bond was $250 cash.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 10

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Childers is speaker at third Lenten Luncheon

    The third Vandalia Ministerial Alliance Lenten Luncheon was hosted by Northside Christian Church last Wednesday, and the faithful Lenten Luncheon followers gathered in the fellowship room to sit at the tables decorated with colorful spring nosegays and bearing Northside’s luncheon trademarks, plates of homemade cookies already placed at intervals within each of all.

  • Gottman passes on copies of VCC bills to governor's staff

    Vandalia’s mayor took advantage of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s visit on Monday to present copies of bills showing what the state owes for water and sewer service provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that the state owes the city $374,445 for water service and $67,241.67 for sewer service.
    The mayor told aldermen that he gave copies of the bills to Randy Pollard, the Vandalia resident who is Rauner’s downstate director, and that Pollard said he would work on the issue.

  • County denies request for gift of seized truck

    The Fayette County Board voted almost unanimously to turn down a request to give a seized truck to a group that transported individuals to and from court.
    At last month’s meeting, the board was asked to give a seized vehicle to Jesus Loves You Ministry after Stacey Shallenbarger told board members that she wanted to expand her services of her Christian County-based program into Fayette County.

  • Governor makes stop in Vandalia

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner told a group of Fayette County residents on Monday that it’s important for future of Illinois that he continues on with his “turnaround agenda.”

  • Mother charged with injuring infant

    A Vandalia woman is in Fayette County Jail on $1-million bond after being arrested late last week on a charge alleging that she caused serious injury to her infant child.

  • Stewart advances to Frosh State Tourney

    Three Vandalia wrestlers competed at the Fresh-Soph Sectional in Granite City Saturday - Wyatt Goade (160), Gabe Valencia (285), and Garret Stewart (170).
    Stewart took third, advancing to the Fresh-Soph State Championships in Springfield this Saturday.