Today's News

  • Evaul continues her love for horses

    Following 20 years as missionaries and living in Bolivia, South America, Carol Evaul and her husband, Robert, returned to the United States to establish their children in college.

  • Low-speed vehicle law tabled again

    For the second month in a row, the Fayette County Board tabled an ordinance governing the use of low-speed vehicles within the county.
    “I think there are a lot of people who’ve got questions about it,” board Chairman Jeff Beckman said as the issue came up during Tuesday’s meeting.
    The board agreed to send it to its rules and regulations committee for further discussion, and Beckman said a vote on the ordinance could come up as soon as next month.

  • Levy hikes city tax bill 2%+

    The Vandalia City Council is planning to vote in two weeks on a tax levy that will increase the city’s portion of residents’ tax bills by a little more than 2 percent.
    The tax levy that aldermen agreed to consider for approval at their Dec. 21 meeting has a total of $740,600, which is an increase of 19.44 percent over last year’s total tax extension.
    That levy proposal is one of two options that was presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., during a work session on Monday evening.

  • Council approves engineering fees for bridge on Thrill Hill

    Though it does not currently have the money to replace the bridge on Thrill Hill Road, the city of Vandalia took the first step for that project on Monday.
    The council voted 6-1 to approve an agreement with Hurst-Roche Engineers in Hillsboro for preliminary engineering for a new bridge.
    The fee for the preliminary engineering is $50,060.09, and the city is required to pay 20 percent of that total, about $10,000.

  • Schwarm elected appellate court presiding judge

    The Fayette County resident who served as the chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit for more than a decade has been elected to a similar post at the appellate-court level.

  • Statehouse open house Saturday

    The keepsake ornament at this year’s Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse reflects an improvement project slated for the state’s oldest existing capitol.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 10

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees 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.
    ✔ 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.

  • Camilla Diveley

    Camilla Diveley
    A card shower has been requested for Camilla Diveley of Vandalia, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday, Dec. 13.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 1204 W. Tower St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Births

    Iris Paige Smith
    Tyson and Lara Smith of Vandalia are the parents of girl adopted on Nov. 6, 2015.
    Iris Paige has a brother, Eli Smith, age 7.

    Grandparents are Cindy and Melvin Smith of Vandalia, and Dennie and Janet Barnick of St. Elmo.
    Great-grandparents are Darrel and Bonnie Sharp of Patoka.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Nov. 19, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 27 members and three guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  LaVerne Laux gave the blessing before the meal.
    After the meal, Mike Mulhern called the meeting to order.
    Members and guests introduced themselves to Fred Newman, who joined the club at the last meeting.
    Laura Mulhern served as acting secretary and read the secretary and treasurer reports, which were approved.