Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Anthony Michael Wernle
    Lauren Elizabeth Tritt
    Dennis Wayde Conaway
    Elvira Rodriguez Flores

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distributions set

    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:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • 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.

  • St. Elmo Library District given equipment by state

    Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse While has announced that 40 Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for patrons with visual or physical impairments by allowing them to download audio books.
    Those recipients include the St. Elmo Public Library District.
    “Many Illinois public libraries provide services for patrons who have visual or physical limitations that make it difficult to read regular printed materials,” White said.

  • Police taking reports of vehicle break-ins

    Recent reports from the Vandalia Police Department indicate that city residents should be locking their vehicles and not storing valuable property in vehicles.
    The police have been receiving a number of reports of vehicle break-ins, according to VPD reports.
    Those reports of theft from vehicles include:
    • July 18 – 7:05 a.m., 1400 block of North Seventh Street.
    • July 18 – 9:51 a.m., 1000 block of West Taylor Street.
    • July 20 – 5:08 p.m., 500 block of West Lincoln Street.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Curtis D. Schwarm, 36, RR 2, Farina, was arrested on July 30 for failure to appear in court on a charge of burglary. Bond was $20,000.
    • Trent A. Parker, 22, 300 E. Monroe St., Farina, was arrested on July 30 for failure to appear in court on a theft charge. Bond was $2,500.
    • Dalton E. Hanna, 20, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on July 30 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $300 cash.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 2

    ✔ 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.

  • KICK Pet Care Class at Vandalia KC

    The Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus recently held a “Pet Care” class offered through the KC KICK Program.

    Students learned how to properly care for their pets. They learned to properly feed, handle and bath their pets. There were two dogs present for hands-on training. Pictured are students who attended:  Savannah Bumgardner (Ramsey), Karlie Schilling (Carlyle), Lahela Jones (Ramsey), Jake Hardy (Centralia) and Gage Hardy (Centralia).

  • Hayes couple still happy after 72 years of marriage

    Darel and Mary Hayes recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, and they remember – with smiles– their first meeting as children, when Darel was a new student at the school Mary was attending.

  • Mayor asks HMG to tighten schedule for streetscape work

    A schedule submitted to city officials the middle of last month calls for more streetscape work in Vandalia’s downtown business district to begin at the end of September.
    But, Vandalia’s mayor, unsatisfied with that schedule, has asked engineers overseeing the project to tighten it up.
    Rick Gottman presented to aldermen for last week’s city council meeting a schedule for work to be done on one block sections of Fourth and Fifth streets north and south of Gallatin Street.

  • City still good on water

    Despite the passing of four weeks without any significant moisture since the city of Vandalia issued a voluntary water conservation order, the city can continue without going beyond that.