Today's News

  • Extending water to lake area discussed

    “We need to start looking for grants to extend water to the lake,” Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting.
    Gottman said that the city is interested in extending water lines to provide service to residents in the Vandalia Lake area, and he got aldermen’s permission to have the city’s consulting engineers, John H. Crawford & Associates, put together an estimate for such a project.

  • City looks to add 2-hour limitation with angle parking

    About six weeks after putting in angle parking in two downtown blocks, the Vandalia City Council will now vote on parking limits during the day in those blocks.
    The council, at the recommendation of its streets committee, will vote at its Oct. 17 meeting on an ordinance amendment for two-hour parking from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekdays in the 100 blocks of Fifth and Sixth streets.
    The ordinance amendment will also include the 100 block of Sixth Street, which already has two-hour parking signs posted.

  • VCHS students offered special training

    Students at Vandalia Community High School are being offered a class on first aid of a different kind.
    The Fayette Teen Issues Coalition is making available to VCHS students Youth Mental Health First Aid training on the mornings of Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19.

  • Burglaries at lake investigated

    Local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving a rash of burglaries on the north side of Vandalia Lake.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith said that as of Tuesday morning, his department had received 14 reports of break-ins at Vandalia Lake lots.
    Numerous items were taken during the burglaries, with the televisions being the most common, according to Smith.
    Anyone having information about the break-ins is asked to either contact the sheriff’s office, 283-2141, or call the Crimestoppers number, 283-1986.

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival is Saturday

    Vandalia’s Little Community Garden’s annual Harvest Festival is this Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, located at 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia. The festival is being held there, in case of inclement weather.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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, October 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Matthew D. Frayer, 25, Witt, was arrested on Oct. 4 on a charge of escape. Bond was $50,000.
    • Richard G. Jacques, 50, 312 N. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 4 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. No bond information was listed.
    • Timothy T. White, 41, 1317 US Highway 40, Brownstown, was arrested on Oct. 4 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and possession of stolen property. No bond information was listed.

  • 'Pop' Miller told old baseball stories

    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, of Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.

  • Congratulations, award recipients

    Homecoming 2016 for Vandalia Community High School was more than just an occasion to welcome back those who received their sheepskin from VCHS – it was also a time to recognize some individuals who excelled as a result of their time at the local high school.
    On Friday evening, VCHS welcomed Jerry Evans, Drew Bell, Blake Doehring, Brock Doehring, Matt Peyton, Drew Schneider and Marty Johnson into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.