Today's News

  • Former St. Elmo librarian pleads not guilty to theft
  • City gives Texas firm another year

    The Vandalia City Council has agreed to continue working with a Texas firm on commercial recruitment for at least one more year.
    The council voted unanimously to renew its agreement with Site Location Partnership, paying that firm $2,795 to develop commercial business leads.
    Through the agreement, the firm’s services include representing the city at major trade shows.
    The city has had agreements with SLP for the past two years. Prior to the vote, one alderman initially questioned its worth.

  • Vandalia hosting historical celebrations this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate the history of this community, state and nation with three events this weekend.

  • Former St. Elmo librarian pleads not guilty to theft

    The former director of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district has pleaded not guilty.
    Terri E. Gillespie, 51, of St. Elmo, entered the plea on Monday while making her first appearance with an attorney in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Gillespie, who is being represented by D. Peter Wise of Springfield, waived her right for a preliminary hearing. Her trial has tentatively been set to begin at the end of April.
    Gillespie was charged with two counts of felony theft on Jan. 5.

  • Thomason being deployed with National Guard firefighters unit

    A local man who acquired firefighting skills while a member of the Brownstown Fire Department will be putting those skills to use in Afghanistan.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 9

    ✔ A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon at All About You Day Spa, 522 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, February 10

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Charles Timothy Henna
    Barbara Jeanne Yount
    Allen Frederick Magnus
    St. Peter
    Delores Sue Devore
    Dalton Eugene Hanna
    Heather Elizabeth Russell
    Lowell Wayne Chatham
    Barbara Lea Logsdon
    Terry Scott Kimberlin

  • Soil and water seminar is Feb. 16

    Soil, water, and air interactions will be the focus of a soil and water management seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Feb. 16.
    The workshop will be held at the Effingham County Extension office at 1209 Wenthe Drive in Effingham.  Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and webconferencing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christopher L. Gordon, 23, Shelbyville, was arrested on Feb. 7 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (two counts). Bond was $75,000.
    • Gregory L. Carroll, 23, Oak Grove Trailer Park, Lot 17, Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 7 on a charge of obstructing justice. He was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • Curtis D. Schwarm, 36, 416 Agnes St., Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 6 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Lady Vandals advance in regional tournament

    TEUTOPOLIS - Senior Haley Wollerman and junior Amber Bruno combined to score 49 points on Monday night during Vandalia's 65-32 win against Casey-Westfield in the first round of the Teutopolis regional tournament.

    Both players, along with sophomore Morgan Cripe, also advanced to the next round of the 3-point shootout, which will start at about 5:23 p.m. on Tuesday. At 6 p.m., the No. 4 Lady Vandals will battle top-seeded Marshall