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Today's News

  • Locked car doors prevent break-ins

    The Vandalia Police Department has reported handling numerous reports of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks. But, in most of those cases, the perpetrators didn’t actually have to break into the vehicles.
    Addressing the Vandalia City Council on Monday night, VPD Sgt. Jeff Ray said that some residents are not making it difficult for criminals to steal their property.
    “With almost every vehicle break-in, the vehicle was unlocked,” Ray said.

  • Alderman wants more effort on notices of hearings

    As the Vandalia City Council made mention of an upcoming Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting, one alderman said he’d like city officials to consider putting a little more effort into informing residents of proposed zoning changes.
    But, another alderman said he thinks that that would be a waste of time and money.
    During Monday’s council meeting, an Aug. 22 zoning board hearing on a special use permit request filed by Margaret Summann and her father, Charles R. Sharp, was mentioned.

  • City asks residents to participate in labor survey

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he is talking with two prospects, and that he wants the residents of Vandalia – and the entire region – to help land those prospects.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Jason Ryan Graumenz
    St. Peter
    Lindsay Ann Wasmuth
    St. Peter
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    Matthew Allen Morrison
    Altamont
    Kara Leann Mueller
    Altamont
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    Patrick Daniel Laster
    Herrick
    Brenda Lee Selby
    Herrick
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    Edward Raymond Kerr
    Marshall
    Sharon Louise Kerr
    Marshall

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distributions this week

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need in grades kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church on the following dates and times:
    • Thursday, Aug. 9 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those picking up supplies are to enter the church, located at 1221  W. Fillmore St., through the north door.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 9

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, August 11

  • Vandalia Police

    Aug. 7
    • Police received a complaint at 7:38 a.m. on Monday of an unsupervised child at Vandalia Correctional Center. No further information was given.
    • Police received a report at 5:46 p.m. on Monday of an accident at Sixth and Johnson streets.
    According to the report, a juvenile riding a bicycle entered the intersection and was struck by a vehicle driven by Penny J. Kitchen, 34, 202 E. Wall St., Mulberry Grove.
    The child was taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatement.

  • Sheriff's arrest log

    • Derek T. Siebert, 23, 228 N. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 6 on an alleged probation violation. No bond information was listed.
    • Mario Bonds, 29, Chicago, was arrested on Aug. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Philip S. Donohue, 35, Granite City, was arrested on Aug. 4 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.

  • City will consider allowing portable buildings on lake lots

    The Vandalia Lake Committee has been directed to draft specifications for an ordinance change that will allow a new type of structure to be placed on lease lots at the lake.
    Alderman Mike Hobler, chairman of the lake committee, said at Monday’s city council meeting that a lease holder had asked the committee to allow placement of a structure “based along the lines of portable sheds” on his lake lot.
    That is currently not allowed, as city ordinance requires lease holders to have a trailer or mobile home on lots on the north side of the lake.

  • Wallace takes over as manager of Legion Home

    Pamela Wallace is a new “Fayette Face,” having recently moved to Vandalia to assume the responsibilities of the manager of the American Legion Home.