Local News

  • VPD Shop with a Cop
  • School levy gives taxpayers an option

    The Vandalia School District is giving taxpayers in the district a choice – approve an increase in the local sales tax or handle an increase in property taxes.
    After recommending passage of a lower tax levy last month, the Vandalia Board of Education approved such a levy last week.
    The new tax levy has an aggregate total of $4,473,757, which is lower than the previous levy by $87,292.
    “The levy is a total decrease of 1.42 percent,” Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Garrison said prior to the board’s vote.

  • Onto the next career step

    The person in his first year as principal of South Central High School is not an unfamiliar face in the hallways, classrooms or basketball court.

  • Brightening Up the Holidays
  • Effingham man arrested for attempted bank robbery

    An Effingham man is in the custody of federal authorities after allegedly attempting the armed robbery of a Fayette County bank late last week.

  • Calendar

    Friday, December 21

    ✔ 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.

    Monday, December 24


    Tuesday, December 25


    Friday, December 28

    ✔ 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.

  • FFFCH 30th anniversary

    By Paul "Whitey" Willms

    In 1988, a charitable organization to be called Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care was established.

  • City OKs hike in pension levy

    After considerably more discussion, and hearing from two residents, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved the increase in the police pension fund levy that it supported two weeks ago.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council approved an increase in the police pension fund levy of 10.87 percent, which will generate $379,216.
    That increase was one of three presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. of Vandalia.

  • A voice for Southern Illinois at the state's education table

    After considerable time being a part of the effort to improve school funding in Illinois, Vandalia’s superintendent of schools is now part of the team that will be advising the state’s new governor on educational policy.

  • Letters to Santa

    Mrs. Philpot’s Third Grade
    Dear Santa,
    Hi, Santa, my name is Aubrey. I am 9 and I live in Illinois. Do you like cookies? Is it cold at the North Pole? I love the doll house because it was big. My behavior has been good. I am good to my friends. And I am good to my teacher. I want an elf on the shelf.
    Your friend,
    Aubrey Beal

    Dear Santa,