• Friday is 9/11 – we cannot forget to honor those we lost

    9/11 – We Cannot Forget!
    This Friday, Sept. 11, will make 14 years since the sad and tragic day that our nation had to endure, as a country and as citizens!
    We cannot forget those lives that were taken from us on that day. We need to cherish their lives, as we live on with ours.
    Since that day, more then 6,000 young lives have been sacrificed in the call to duty to protect our nation, and to seek out and destroy those enemies who brought terror to our cities and our people.

  • Donors, volunteers made summer lunch program a success

    Another successful year for Summer Lunches for Kids.
    Once again the citizens of Fayette County rallied to meet a need in their community. Thanks to the faithful volunteers and the generosity of so many, we were able to provide more than 5,100 lunches to children in Vandalia, Shobonier, Vera, Ramsey and Brownstown this summer.
    Back in March, we asked for donations to purchase food for the lunches and we were overwhelmed by your generosity. When we asked for jars of peanut butter and jelly, we received enough to make all the sandwiches we needed.

  • Operation OUTING drivers badly needed

    Nursing and retirement home residents are largely confined to their facility, which greatly limits their experiences and quality of life. Fortunately, thanks to Operation OUTING, these residents in Vandalia have the opportunity to get OUT to a variety of destinations.
    Free of charge, the bus takes those who would like to go to many places: Evergreen Outreach program at the First United Methodist Church on Mondays, restaurants, baseball games, the zoo and scenic road trips in our area.

  • Alderman explains need for a city administrator

    Since becoming an alderman for the city of Vandalia, I have become part of the long-time search for a city administrator and have been approached by many residents as to why we need one, when the community has functioned just fine without one. I would like to attempt to address this question.
    The administrator is responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of the city and also manages the city’s economic development activities. Even for a small community like ours, this is a full-time job.

  • Rail crossing plans not good

    I was asked to attend the special meeting at Vandalia City Hall concerning the railroad crossings, because I live on Sixth Street, which would be affected by the proposal offered to Vandalia.
    Of course, I am opposed to making Sixth Street one way, because I own property on it, but I am also opposed to any street changes that decrease the efficiency of our city and the loss of business and property values by those affected by these street changes.
    When I got to city hall, I was under the impression that we would be offered two plans.

  • Post 95 asks for public's help to keep Legion Hall


  • Beesley explains reasons for resigning from council

    I have received a lot of words of encouragement over the last few weeks from the people of this city and surrounding area. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support. Most have asked me to reconsider my decision to resign from the council. After many long hours of contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that my first decision was the right one for me and my family.

  • Resident agrees with Beesley, asks him to reconsider

    There has been great debate and turmoil in our council chambers over video gambling establishments in Vandalia, with the outcome being the resignation of one of our outstanding aldermen, Terry Beesley.
    This has come about because of the vague video gaming law the state has passed that allows entrepreneurs to bypass the intention of the law and take advantage of its many loopholes, in this instance being restrictions on what types of businesses are eligible for video gambling licenses.

  • More gambling is not the way to increase tax revenue

    I just want to applaud Ward III Alderman Terry Beesley for his stand against increasing the number of liquor licenses to be used by gaming facilities in the city of Vandalia. I wish some of our state lawmakers had the intestinal fortitude shown by Alderman Beesley to simply not allow these types of gambling machines in our state.

  • City extends condolences, praises those responding

    Shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday, tragedy struck in downtown Vandalia, as an SUV carrying a mother and her four children were struck by an eastbound train. This resulted in the death of the mother and three of the children, ages 18, 13, and 10. The fourth child was airlifted from Fayette County Hospital for medical treatment.
    An estimated 2,000 people were lined up along Gallatin Street for the annual Lions Club Halloween Parade, an event that has been in downtown Vandalia for 70-plus years.