Local News

  • Calendar

    Friday, July 6

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, July 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia is holding a Travel Story Saturday at 1 p.m. at the library. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

  • Fireworks Saturday; no carnival this year

    The Vandalia Lions Club will offer its annual fireworks display this Saturday, but it’s unable to provide a carnival this year.
    Lions President Les Smith said that the fireworks display will be presented this Saturday, as usual, over Vandalia Lake.
    However, Smith said, the Lions are not having a carnival in the lake marina campground this year.
    Smith said that the carnival that has been used for the past few years recently ceased operations, and the Lions Club has not had enough time to find a suitable replacement.

  • School board acts to beat two deadlines

    The Vandalia Board of Education met in special session briefly last Wednesday in order to meet a couple of state deadlines.
    Superintendent Jennifer Garrison explained that as part of the new state budget signed in June, the retirement cap for teachers, administrators and support staff was dropping from 6 percent to 3 percent.
    Submitting retirement letters to beat the deadline were four teachers and one support staff employee.

  • Recycling update

    A year after the Vandalia City Council approved a water bill surcharge for recycling, city officials hope to get an update on that program.
    At Monday’s brief meeting of the city council, Alderman Ken Hubler, chairman of the council’s cemetery and landfill committee, called for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16.
    Hubler said he has sent a letter to FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District inviting representatives of the two agencies to the meeting.

  • Workcamps coming to town

    Two hundred high school students from across the country are descending upon Vandalia next week, and their weeklong stay will result in the improvement of more than 30 homes in Fayette County.

  • Salem woman charged with multiple offenses

    Bond has been set at $25,000 for a Salem woman who allegedly led city and county law enforcement officers on a chase Monday evening.
    Hailey M. Budde, 19, Salem, is charged with 19 traffic offenses as well as felony offenses.

  • Bond cut to $500,000 in I-70 fatality case

    Bond for a Missouri man who is charged with causing the death of an Ohio man in a hit-and-run accident has been lowered from $1 million to $500,000.
    Ray L. Ryan, 60, of Buffalo, Mo., appeared in court on Tuesady with his court-appointed attorney, Ryan Connor of Vandalia, for a bond reduction hearing.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, June 27

    ✔ Overcup Baptist Church, south of Bluff City, is holding Vacation Bible School Wednesday through Friday. The VBS, which has a theme of “Come to the Island – Promise Island,” is open to all children age 4 through young adult. Sessions will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly, with a performance on Sunday.

    Friday, June 29

  • Louisiana man killed in Interstate 70 crash

    A Louisiana man died from injuries in a multiple-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon.

  • Protz competes in Miss Indiana Pageant

    Vandalia native Brandy Protz recently competed in the Miss Indiana competition in Zionsville, Ind.