Local News

  • CEFS receives grant for food and shelter programs

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $11,412 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal
    Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities; USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Reservations taken for SWCD annual meeting in July

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District will celebrate its 75th anniversary when it holds its annual meeting this summer.
    The event will be held at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia on July 26
     Doors will open at 6 p.m. for registration and a meal catered by Martin’s IGA will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    The entertainment for the evening will be the Birds of Prey from the World Bird Sanctuary. Those who haven’t seen the Birds of Prey should make a point to attend. It is an excellent presentation, no matter your age.

  • Good food, crafts & games at '18 Grande Levée
  • Shobonier man dies in ATV accident early on Saturday

    A Shobonier man died from injuries and a Vandalia woman sustained serious injuries in an all-terrain accident early Saturday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Billy Joe Tate Jr., 23, was driving a 2014 CanAm four-wheeler northeast on Fayette County Road 1150 North at the intersection with County Road 1225 N. when the vehicle overturned, pinning the driver and a passenger, Macye T. Sarchet, 19, to a tree.
    The accident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday, according to the ISP.

  • Canada man killed in sideswipe accident on I-70 last Wednesday

    Two days after a Canada man was killed in a sideswipe accident on Interstate 70 between Vandalia and Mulberry Grove, the driver who caused that accident was found in Ohio.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Peter F. Peters, 46, of Elmira, Ontario, Canada, had parked his tractor-trailer on I-70 near milepost 55.5 in Fayette County and was standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side, near the middle of the trailer, at 8:50 p.m. last Wednesday when his vehicle was sideswiped.

  • Community Summer Band performance is this Friday

    The performance of the inaugural Vandalia Community Summer Band is 6 p.m. this Friday on the lawn of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Amanda Moloney, director of bands for the Vandalia School District, is being assisted with the summer band by Elizabeth Mesnard, a stepdaughter of Vandalia Elementary School Principal Stacy Mesnard.
    Moloney said on Tuesday that 35 musicians are in the band, which includes current students, alumni and parents, as well as several musicians from neighboring communities.

  • Calendar

    Friday, June 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will be holding a road block at Veterans Avenue from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday to accept donations for a mission trip to the Phillipines.
    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding a shrimp boil from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or until they run out of shrimp. The cost is $10 per plate. The public is invited.

  • Swimming lesson deadline is Saturday

    Lisa Robbins, manager of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, announced this week that this Saturday is the last day to sign up for swimming lessons this summer at the pool.


  • Vandalia School District hooking up with professional development group

    The Vandalia Board of Education agreed on Monday to hook up with a coalition that can provide district staff with additional, ongoing professional opportunities.
    The Illinois Association of Supervision, Curriculum and Development is part of the national ASCD that offers “leadership institutes, workshops, and programs that focus on the quality of teaching and learning.”
    Representatives of the IASCD told board members that the association offers publications such as research journals and email educational briefs.

  • Committees meeting on city's economic developer position

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet this Thursday as part of the process of hiring an economic development director.
    Mayor Rick Gottman set the noon meeting of the personnel and economic development committees during the brief city council meeting on Monday.
    At that meeting, Gottman said that the city officials “will discuss an individual for economic development director.”
    The economic development director position has been vacant since Brian Stout resigned in May of last year.