Local News

  • Bathroom, outdoor step improvements planned for VCHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education last week approved engineering for improvements to parts of Vandalia Community High School that are original to the school’s construction in the early 1950s.
    Renovations to the high school gym bathrooms through multiple projects have been estimated at $125,336.
    Also planned are the replacement of the high school gym steps and concrete, estimated to cost $49,635, and the replacement of the steps and concrete at the main entrance of the school, estimated at $46,635.

  • Calendar

    Friday, March 30
    ✔ A rummage sale and bake sale for the St. Elmo High School post-prom will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church, 112 W. Sixth St., St. Elmo.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and dye Easter eggs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ 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.

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  • VVFD wants to create department museum

    Vandalia’s volunteer fire department told city officials last week about its interest in creating a museum at the building it purchased last summer.
    Fire Chief Keith Meadows told the city council’s public safety committee that VVFD members had talked about creating a museum in the front of the building at Sixth and Johnson streets that was formerly the home of Atmos Energy.
    In that museum, Meadows said, the department would like to display old equipment, including three of the department’s earlier trucks.

  • Former St. Elmo church destroyed by fire

    A fire early last Thursday destroyed a building that served a St. Elmo congregation for close to a century.

    St. Elmo firefighters responded to the fire at the former home of First Christian Church, at Third and Ash streets, shortly before 1:30 a.m., and received mutual aid assistance from the Brownstown, Vandalia, Altamont and Shumway departments.
    The building served as the home of First Christian Church from 1903-98, with a new home for the church built east of town in 1998.

  • City cites owner of old Walmart

    Because the building has not been maintained since its former occupant left, Vandalia officials were hoping that the owner would consider donating the former home of Walmart to the city or a local charity.
    Now, because the owner of that building has declined to even respond to that request, according to Mayor Rick Gottman, the city has issued ordinance violations in an attempt to get the problems with the property rectified.
    Walmart moved into its new Supercenter in June 2011, leaving its former home at Veterans Avenue and Randolph Street empty.

  • Keeping research going

    Two parties who hooked up last year to continue ag research in Fayette County have agreed to continue that partnership.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees have signed a three-year agreement through which KC’s agriculture students can continue research work at the former home of the University of Illinois Agronomy Research Center south of Brownstown.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22

    ✔ "Bling It On," a fundraiser for the Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary will be held from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, will be held in the Fayette County Hospital Community Room in the main lobby. It will offer infant, youth and adult sports clothing, personalized items, jewelry and handbags.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library. 283-2824.

  • Cross pleads guilty to bank fraud in federal court

    Alfred L. Cross, 75, of Kinmundy, originally from Mattoon, pleaded guilty last Friday to five counts of bank fraud, according to Donald S. Boyce, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
    The indictment charged Cross with defrauding seven southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.
    Each of the bank fraud counts carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The court can also order Cross to pay restitution to the victim banks.

  • We Apologize

    In last week's pre-election coverage, we inadvertently had the political affilations for the county treasurer candidates, Republican Michelle Hagy and Democrat Lucas Watson, switched.
    We apologize for the error.