Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gregory P. Hays, 18, 817 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 5 on charges of reckless driving, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without headlights and improper lane usage. Bond was $2,000.
    • Terry D. Richards, 45, 203 N. North St., Brownstown, was arrested on June 4 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 7

    ✔ 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, June 8

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. Every presenting donor will receive a T-shirt.
    Saturday, June 9

  • Vandalia Police

    June 6
    • An officer was called at 8:06 a.m. to the BP station on Veterans Avenue for a report of a motorist failing to pay for fuel. The subjects were later found, and they returned to pay for the fuel.
    • Officers took a complaint at 11:04 a.m. of a counterfeit bill being used at Arby’s on Veterans Avenue. No further information was given.

  • Laying it on Thick

    An employee of Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton applies a new coat of paint to the exterior of Vandalia's water tower on Thrill Hill. The project, which includes work on both the exterior and interior of the water tower, is scheduled to be completed this month.

  • Heli-Trimmer

    A helicopter with a cutting device featuring several circular blades was used to trim tree limbs near power lines on the banks of the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia last Thursday.

  • New law requires background checks for city licenses

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that requires a background check prior to the issuance of city business licenses.
    The council also approved an ordinance change that increases the penalties for public decency violations, but did not act on a law change governing penalties for city code violations.
    The law requiring background checks for business license applicants, and their employees, comes about four months after the council began discussing such a requirement.

  • Walking for a Cause
  • McDowell recognized as oldest WWII vet

    • The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a depression, population in the U.S. was a little more than 87,000,000, and Mildred McDowell was born on Feb. 17.

  • Only one person at school hearing

    Only one person showed up for a public meeting held last Thursday by Vandalia school officials to explain district’s new drug screening policy for all extracurricular activity participants.
    But that person provided a little pushback on the policy passed by the board of education in April.
    “I don’t think that the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities should come at the expense of sacrificing a personal liberty,” said Dave Hall, a Vandalia minister, who also is a substitute teacher in the district.

  • City will discuss downtown parking

    For the second time in three months, city officials began discussions about possible changes to laws governing parking in Vandalia’s downtown business district.
    They will continue those discussions after getting some input from local residents and business owners.
    Back in March, the city council began talking about possible law changes when Alderman Andy Lester passed on a complaint from a downtown merchant.