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Today's News

  • Enjoy this weekend's Grande Levée events

    Every year, residents of the Vandalia area are treated to a glimpse into our past during the Grande Levée celebration. As we enjoy that annual trip back in time, we have the opportunity to learn more of our heritage.
    That opportunity is upon us. This Friday evening and all day Saturday, we will be able to enjoy the unique activities of the Grande Levée.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Eddie Gene Myers Jr.
    Vandalia
    Leona Fay Fischer
    Vandalia
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    Shannon Wayne Jarrett
    Vandalia
    Kelly Jean Miller
    Vandalia
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    William Dale Sidener
    Ramsey
    Paula Marie Cohan
    Ramsey
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    Lucas Allen Burrus
    Beecher City
    Amy Sue Lynn Scholes
    Beecher City
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    Ethan Austin Ballinger
    Windsor

  • Kaskaskia College

    Charcoal drawing class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a charcoal drawing class at the Vandalia Campus on Thursdays, Oct. 11-25, from 6-8 p.m.
    The registration number is COED 7003 VA01E.
    Students will learn how to use charcoals for rendering subjects such as still lifes and landscapes; and focus on color, harmony and composition.
    A list of supplies will be furnished to students. The cost is $25; students over 60 may register at no cost.

    ‘Memoir-Life Story’ class

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

    Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Vandalia Police Department from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday. The police department is in the Public Safety Building at 221 S. Fifth St.
    The drugs should be placed in the box that will be in the lobby of the police department.
    The Drug Take Back Day program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs will be collected by the DEA and destroyed.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andre D. O’Dell, 20, 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. G10, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 24 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,500.
    • Jan S. Jameson, 40, Chicago, was arrested on Sept. 24 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert E. Meyer, 44, 1210 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 23 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $5,000.

  • Many participate in 'Share the Harvest'

    To harvest means to reap; to share means to give. That is what many Fayette County folks have been doing this year becasue of a drought, loss of jobs and higher costs of the grocery bills.

  • Tongue Twister

    Haley Bigelow attempts to put some English on Fruit Loops she tosses, trying to land them on her partner's shaving cream-covered face, during a homecoming assembly at Vandalia Community High School last Thursday.

  • Grande Levée, Harvest Festival and Band Competition are this weekend

    Vandalia’s biggest celebration weekend of the year is this Friday and Saturday with the Grande Levée and Harvest Festival.
    The weekend also includes an inaugural band competition at Vandalia Community High School.
    The 43rd annual Grande Levée at the Vandalia Statehouse kicks off at 5 p.m. with a ham and beans dinner, and entertainment.

  • City continues talks for third water source

    The city of Vandalia is moving closer to obtaining a third water source.
    At a meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Rick Gottman and member of the city council’s water and sewer committee talked with Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. about a proposed agreement drafted by City Attorney Jack Johnston.
    Johnston drafted the agreement after two presentations by Barenfanger and his partner, Jeff Beckman.

  • Librarian sentenced

    The judge who sentenced former St. Elmo librarian Terri Gillespie acknowledged that he took into account numerous letters of support in deciding on her sentence.
    Gillespie, who was charged in January with two counts of felony theft for taking funds from the St. Elmo Library District, was sentenced to 30 days in jail during Friday’s hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    She pleaded guilty on Aug. 7 to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 1 felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.