Today's News

  • Six wrestlers advance to state

    Six Vandalia wrestlers have advanced to the IHSA Individual State Tournament later this week, and the Vandal wrestlers will face a known opponent next Tuesday in their bid for a return trip to the state’s dual team finals.

  • Vandalia Police

    Feb. 10
    • Police arrested Jacob Rush, 28, 100 Country Lane, Vandalia, on a charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $7,500.
    • Officers responded to a report of disorderly conduct in the 700 block of Veterans Avenue.
    • Officers responded to the 2300 block of West Randolph Street for a complaint on a parking problem.
    • Officers responded to the 2000 block of West Jefferson Street for a complaint of harassment.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 15

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

    Friday, February 16

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christopher G. Sharp, 20, 1003 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Feb. 12 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and no valid registration. No bond information was listed.
    • Roger W. McCarty, 54, 201 E. Railroad St., St. Peter, was arrested on Feb. 12 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $500.
    • Gregory A. Jones Sr., 31, Nokomis, was arrested on Feb. 12 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

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  • New coroner keeping busy

    The county’s new coroner told Fayette County Board members that he has been quite busy since moving into the position at the beginning of the year.
    In his report to the board on Tuesday night, David Hejl told board members that there have been eight coroner cases and three autopsies since Jan. 1.
    Hejl also said that he has been working, on average, 31 hours per week, though he is attempting to reduce the weekly hours for the part-time position.

  • Garrison chosen as superintendent

    Vandalia’s new superintendent of schools was a third-grader in the Vandalia School District when she knew that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.

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  • Bright to stand trial on murder charges

    After hearing the testimony of an Illinois State Police investigator, a judge ruled that a Mulberry Grove man arrested last month on murder charges should stand trial.

  • Garrison hired for Vandalia superintendent post

    At a special meeting on Wednesday night, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Jennifer Garrison as the district's superintendent of schools.
    Garrison, a 1995 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, is currently serving as the superintendent of the Sandoval School District.
    She succeeds Rich Well, who resigned from the post a couple of months ago.
    Nick Casey, who is the director of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, is serving as the district's interim superintendent.