Today's News

  • SEB, Vandalia meet in finals of St. Elmo Tourney

    St. Elmo/Brownstown advanced to the title game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament last Thursday, but had to wait six days to face its opponent.

  • Lucille Fisher celebrating 103rd Christmas

    One of our very favorite things to do every Christmas time is to visit in the warm and inviting home of Lucille Fisher and her daughter, Helen Klitzing.

  • Lower-hike tax levy approved

    Presented with two options for a new tax levy, each of which calls for a tax increase, the Vandalia City Council chose the lesser of two evils.
    Two weeks after the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., presented city aldermen with two proposed levies, he gave them final proposals, one updated after receiving information late last week.
    Timmermann said that all of the individual fund levies are unchanged from last year except for the police pension fund, which is being increased to meet the city’s obligation to that fund.

  • Stout hired for Vandalia's economic development post

    After stopping and starting the process a few times in recent years, the city of Vandalia has hired a director of economic development and tourism, filling the vacancy that has existed since June 2011 with a local resident.

  • 'Truly the gold standard'

    “Some people are just born to achieve professional and personal success … and when you talk about someone like Gene Schwarm, you are truly in rarified air.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Richard J. Eddy, 44, 1331 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 19 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $30,000.
    • Levi J. Haslett, 34, 220 N. First St., Brownstown, was arrested on Dec. 19 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and unsafe tires. Bond was $1,500.
    • Thomas M. Callahan, 27, Chicago, was arrested on Dec. 18 onm a charge of criminal trespass to real property. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Board meets in special session for discussion and approval to put on public display the county budge for the coming year.

    Friday, December 23

  • Vandalia in title game at St. Elmo Tourney

    Vandalia advanced to the title game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Saturday by defeating Cumberland on Saturday afternoon.

    The Vandals will play St. Elmo/Brownstown in the championship game, which has been postponed until Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

    The third-place game between Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City will be played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

    South Central won the fifth-place game by defeating Mulberry Grove on Saturday evening.

  • Vandalia residents are asked to stay off streets

    Vandalia streets are very slick and hazardous. Mayor Rick Gottman and chief of police Jeff Ray are asking residents to stay off the streets so that city crews can put down salt, to allow emergency vehicles to travel safely.

  • An Honor Chorus Christmas