Local News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 20

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia is inviting all local women and young ladies to its program at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. The guest speaker, Marisa Thomason, will talk about her recent mission trip to El Salvador. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at 322-6538 or by email at janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, September 21

  • FCCF's Carnival in the Park is Saturday

    The Fayette County Cancer Fund will once again be holding the Carnival in the Park to help raise funds to assist cancer patients living in Fayette County.
    This year’s event will be held from 4-8 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia. In the event of rain, the carnival will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Homecoming Hijinks
  • No water, sewer hike

    While there was some support for raising water rates to begin building up funds for a new water plant, the Vandalia City Council decided on Monday not to increase water and sewer rates.
    During a work session held prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Tricia Elam of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., the city’s auditing firm, presented aldermen with five options on water and sewer rates based on operating costs.

  • School sales tax going on ballot

    Eight years ago, superintendents from school districts in Fayette County met to learn about the benefits of enacting a countywide 1 percent sales tax.
    Now, school officials are moving forward with a plan to put that sales tax increase before county residents.
    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a resolution to put on the April 2, 2019, consolidated election ballot a vote on a “retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax,” commonly known as the sales tax.

  • Bicentennial Picnic
  • Positive West Nile test on bird

    A dead bird collected in Fayette County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Smith, director of Environmental Health at the Fayette County Health Department, said that the positive test on a bird is in addition to the two West Nile virus positive mosquito batches detected so far this summer.
    The positive mosquito results demonstrate the continued need for protection from mosquito bites, Smith said.
    Surveillance for West Nile virus includes collecting dead crows, blue jays and other perching birds.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Sept. 13

    ✔ The Association of Christian Truckers, located at the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 will hold its annual Jamboree for drivers and retired drivers from noon-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and fom 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. It will include music ministry, fellowship and food.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a meeting of its Homeschool Group from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • County rejects prevailing wage mandate

    Having passed a prevailing wage rate ordinance for the past several years only because they believed that they had to, Fayette County Board members rejected that ordinance on Tuesday after hearing from one of its members.

  • Former local priest accused of misappropriation of funds

    A Catholic priest who formerly served congregations in Vandalia and Ramsey has voluntarily removed himself from the priesthood.
    According to a story in today’s issue of The State Journal-Register and a statement issued by the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese, Barry J. Harmon is proceeding toward removal from the clergy after allegedly misappropriating funds while serving in Vandalia.
    His voluntary removal is also due to other allegations as reported by the diocese.