Local News

  • Grande Levée is this Friday and Saturday

    • 5-7 p.m.: Old-fashioned ham and beans dinner on Statehouse lawn, sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.
    • 5-8 p.m.:  Ice cream sponsored by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Tours of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Grand Camera Obscura.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Mr. Lincoln (Randy Duncan) roaming the grounds.
    • 6-8 p.m.: Chris Vallillo, “Abraham. Lincoln in Song” (folk music). Take lawn chairs.

  • Renovation of Holiday Inn Express complete

    The Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia celebrated a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house last Thursday afternoon.

  • No trial date set yet in murder case

    The attorney for a Mulberry Grove man charged with murder in February of this year on Friday told a judge he has a lot of work yet to do.
    Fayette County Public Defender William Starnes, who is representing David Leroy Bright, told Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor, “The (amount) of discovery is voluminous.
    “Setting a trial date now would be premature,” Starnes said.
    Starnes told Sheafor that he needs time to determine whether he will need to call expert witnesses at trial.

  • Ribbon-Cutting for Renovated EMA Operations Center
  • Two special exhibits in June at Fayette County Museum

    June events at Artworks Gallery, located on the second floor of the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia are:
    • Fayette County Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show – June 16-24, with the opening critique at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
    • Special exhibit – June 16-24, Fayette County Cultural and Arts Association, 1975-85.
    It will feature: nine purchase award winners; four activity display winners; three scrapbooks of programs, clippings and miscellaneous; large poster of 40 snapshots of people and events.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 14

    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. at Iya's new location, 422 W. Gallatin St.
    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the large conference room at Fayette County Hospital. All interested people are invited to attend.

    Friday, June 15

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Coroner steps down; Harris appointed

    The Fayette County on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the county coroner and also approved his successor.

  • County OKs solar systems, lease with solar firm

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved an ordinance allowing solar energy systems in the county and then approved an agreement with a company that will install such a system on county-owned land.
    The ordinance states that the county board “has determined that solar installations should be allowed in unincorporated Fayette County,” as allowed by state statutes.
    It states that the ordinance applies to only “commercial-grade solar energy systems and does not apply to single residential homes.”

  • A Capitol Idea

    Late last year, Nathan Miller, the instructor of the construction occupations class at Vandalia Correctional Center, was asked whether his class would be willing to rehabilitate the maquette of the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Summer band invite given

    Local musicians are being invited to participate in the inaugural Vandalia Community Summer Band.
    The band will rehearse from 6-7:30 p.m. the week of Monday, June 18.
    The week will conclude with an outdoor performance on the lawn of the Vandalia Statehouse on Friday, June 22. There is no charge for admission, and attendees are encouraged to take lawn chairs or blankets.