Skip to content

Area News

Vandalia board reluctantly votes to comply with mask mandate

Vandalia students will have to wear a mask to school beginning Monday,  Aug. 30, as the board of education last night voted to reluctantly comply with Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s mandate for all inside activities at schools to require wearing masks. As Superintendent Jennifer Garrison emotionally addressed the gathered crowd of about 25, saying that…

Read More

Hospital district board votes to appraise assets for buyout deal

The Fayette County Hospital District Board will officially seek an appraisal of all assets as part of its investigation as to whether to sell the hospital to Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Coles County, after that entity made an offer to buy the Vandalia facility a few months ago. If purchased, it would be the…

Read More

Fayette schools have ISBE conferences scheduled this week

Conferences are being set for those schools who have made mask wearing for this school year voluntary, which is contrary to Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s executive order mandating the face coverings for all inside activities at schools to begin the year. As the number of schools defying that mandate has climbed to around 50, the…

Read More

School board discuss variety of matters at meeting last week

David Hejl addressed  the Vandalia Community District 203 School Board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 16, regarding the foreign exchange student program. Hejl explained to the board that he and his wife were interested in possibly hosting a foreign exchange student. He continued, explaining that the couple have no children and have…

Read More

Bingham man arrested for shooting woman

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, Aug. 19, investigated a shooting that occurred in rural Fayette County the previous evening. The female victim was shot in the lower extremities, and was subsequently treated and released at Fayette County Hospital. Deputies have arrested 40-year-old Clinton C. Snider of Bingham on multiple weapons charges, including Aggravated…

Read More

Law enforcement asking for help

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Vandalia Police Department are requesting any information pertaining to thefts of GPS receivers and antennas from area tractor dealerships. The Fayette County Sheriffs Office received a report on August 18, 2021 in regards to eight (8) antennas and six (6) receivers stolen from a Case IH Dealers lot.…

Read More

Fayette County Health Department confirms Delta variant in Fayette County

Fayette County has just received confirmation of our first positive cases of the COVID-19 Delta Variant.   The Delta variant is becoming more prevalent and should be concerning for all individuals as it is more contagious than previous variants of the COVID-19 virus. It takes less time for the Delta variant to spread from mouth/nose of…

Read More