Today's News

  • Tompkinses talk about Gold Wing anniversary

    There was a lot of activity in the area of Vandalia’s Rogier Park last weekend. One hundred and one people with 29 Gold Wing motorcycles, the members of the Gold Wing Chapter I-70 Road Riders, gathered to celebrate their 30th anniversary.  

  • Lady Vandals fall to Carlyle, Gillespie


  • Mayor signs final documents for rail crossing work

    Vandalia’s mayor said on Monday that he has signed the final documents for improvements at two downtown railroad crossings.
    Rick Gottman said that in signing the documents for work being done at the rail crossings at Fifth and Sixth streets, he agrees that the city will be responsible only for the rail crossing markings painted on the streets.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    The Vandalia Lions Club’s 72nd annual Halloween parade next Thursday is among the events and activities on the calendar.
    The parade kicks off at 7 p.m., following the traditional route on Gallatin Street, from Seventh Street to Third Street.
    As in the past, parade lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. on Eighth Street in the area of the Fayette County Courthouse and the former Washington School.

  • City, Lions develop safety plan for Halloween parade

    Finalizing the plans for this year’s Halloween parade in Vandalia have included developing a strategy to prevent a tragedy like the one that occurred just prior to last year’s parade.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that he and Police Chief Jeff Ray met with members of the Vandalia Lions Club, the sponsor of the parade, to finalize a safety plan for motorists and pedestrians.
    Ray has been working on such a plan in light of a fatal accident at the Sixth Street rail crossing last year.

  • 'We don't have the money right now'

    It’s not that the city doesn’t want to fix the bridge on Thrill Hill Road, Mayor Rick Gottman said on Monday night.

  • Blythe finishes fourth at sectionals, advances to state


  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 22

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steak House in Vandalia. Dave Arnold is the scheduled speaker. All Fayette County retired teachers are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • VPD accepting donations in November for Shop with a Cop

    The Vandalia Police Department is again partnering with Land of Lincoln Credit Union for its Shop with a Cop program.
    Through the program, the police department takes a number of local children shopping for Christmas. Last year, the department was able to serve 11 children.
    The department is raising money for the program through November, with donations being accepted at the VPD, 219 S. Fifth St., and Land of Lincoln Credit Union, 925 New York Drive, Suite 4.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Bryan Scott Scholes
    Chantelle Renee Kenny
    Robert Wayne Funderburk Jr.
    Julianna Carrol Banal
    Travis Cardell Cooper
    O'Fallon, Mo.
    Samantha Jo McClain
    O'Fallon, Mo.
    Jonathon Blaine Redman
    Robyn Rae Pontious
    Caleb Joseph Reck