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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with Mahala’s parents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Mahala went to Stewardson to pick up her Dalmatian puppy, Norman.
    Marriage
    Tony Farthing of Salem and Julie Roberts of Salem were married on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Tony is the son of Arnold and Shirley Farthing of Salem, and Julie is the daughter of John and Sue Roberts of Farina.
    St. Peter Church

  • Santa Comes to Town

    Santa Claus arrived in town on Saturday to participate in the Vandalia Rotary Club's Christmas Parade.

    In the first photo, Laura Carter makes sure that 3-year-old Addison Keeling sees Santa coming down Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Kaitlynn Warner, age 2, visits with Jolly Old St. Nick in the gazebo in Lincoln Park after the parade.
     

  • 'Sew Right Sisters' new on Gallatin

    As one drives or walks through downtown Vandalia, one notices changes have been, and are being, made. Vehicles are parked along both sides of the streets, and people can be seen walking along, carrying shopping bags with their purchases.

    Several new shops have opened with various services, and the businesses that have persevered the lagging economy, large competition and out-of-town shopping have faithfully stayed in downtown Vandalia.

  • Only one race in primary

    Barring any write-in candidates, Fayette County’s primary election will feature only one race.
    That race will be in Fayette County Board District 6, where incumbent Glenn L. Gurtner of rural Brownstown is being challenged by Bryce Kistler of rural Vandalia.
    The filing period for the primary election, which will be held on March 20, ended on Monday afternoon in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the county’s election official.
    Those filing for the primary election include:
    Circuit Clerk

  • Smoking trial ends with three guilty verdicts, maximum fines

    The first legal test in court of a city ordinance banning smoking in Vandalia bars ended with convictions.
    A six-person jury deliberated only about 30 minutes before ruling that three violations of the smoking ordinance occurred at the Redwood Inn in August 2010.
    That jury also returned a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs for each offense. Court costs in the case total $837.50. Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm presided over the trial.

  • New city levy has slight increase

    With comment limited to the reading of a prepared statement by one alderman, the Vandalia City Council approved a new tax levy with a slight increase.
    The council unanimously approved a tax levy for the new fiscal year that accounts for an increased obligation to the city’s police pension fund.
    The new levy includes an increase of a little more than $5,000 for that pension fund, and has a total of $620,038, which is .82-percent higher than the 2010 tax levy extension.

  • City fighting planned closure of DHS office

    Vandalia’s mayor told alderman on Monday evening that he will try for the second time in a year to prevent the closure of a local state office.
    Rick Gottman announced at the city council meeting that he has voiced opposition to the planned closure of the local Department of Human Services office to all area legislators, as well as the office of Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s Central Management Services.

  • Sex offender gets 62 years

    A rural Altamont man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for sex crimes.
    William R. Fulk, 37, was sentenced at the end of November after pleading guilty in September to six of 12 charges filed against him in July of this year.
    Fulk pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of criminal sexual assault.
    He presented open pleas of guilt, meaning that he admitted to the crimes without any agreement on his sentence.

  • Vandals win DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic

    DUQUOIN - Despite having to play three games in 24 hours, the Vandalia boys basketball team was able to win them all to win the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

    In the team's first appearance at the tournament, the Vandals went 4-0 to defeat Cairo, DuQuoin, Benton and Waltonville to take the tournament championship.

    The title was technically won after Vandalia beat Benton, 34-31, in a physical game on Saturday afternoon, but coach Kevin Jackson wasn't completely satisfied until the team finished off against Waltonville, with a 68-44 win Saturday night.

  • Redwood owners found guilty

    The owners of the Redwood Inn were found guilty of violating the city of Vandalia's ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars.

    A six-person Fayette County jury returned a guilty verdict on each of three tickets issued to G&T Holdings at the completion of a one-day trial.

    The jury also assessed the maximum fine of $500 on each of the three tickets issued by the city in August of last year.