Local News

  • Audit: water, sewer rate hikes needed

    Unless the Vandalia City Council takes action, city residents will be seeing their water and sewer rates increase by more than 7 percent.
    In presenting the city’s annual audit prepared by Timmerman and Co. Ltd., Dale Timmerman told city officials that the expenses for the water and sewer systems increased by $143,321 and $73,948, respectively.
    Percentage-wise, those are increases of 7.82 for water and 7.54 for sewer.

  • McGinnis dies in prison; flu believed to be cause

    A Greenville man who was sentenced to prison for murdering his ex-wife’s attorney and shooting up the office of his attorney in Vandalia has died in prison.
    Various media outlets reported on Tuesday that Kelly L. McGinnis died while incarcerated at Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner.
    The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Judge John Knight, who prosecuted McGinnis while serving as the state’s attorney in Greenville, said that McGinnis died from influenza.

  • Former VCC guard pleads guilty to amended charge, put on probation

    A former Vandalia Correctional Center officer was placed on probation upon pleading guilty to an amended felony charge on Tuesday afternoon.

  • New Chamber Logo
  • And the winners are ...

    For many years, residents of Brownstown could always look to Ginny Wilbur to take a leadership role in something of importance to their village. In Vandalia, Larry Hopkins plays a vital role in numerous organizations and projects.

  • Koontz now opts for trial by judge

    A Vandalia man who failed to appear in court for his jury trial on child pornography charges has decided to let a judge render a verdict.

  • Farmers have until next Monday to provide census data online

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reminds this nation’s farmers and ranchers that the deadline for the 2017 Census of Agriculture is one week away.
    Producers should respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail by Feb. 5. The online questionnaire offers new timesaving features.
    The Census of Agriculture is the only NASS questionnaire mailed to every producer across the country and is conducted just once every five years.

  • Calendar

    Friday, February 2

    ✔ 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, February 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Groundhog Story Saturday at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

  • Changing of the guard
  • Appealed meth sentence reduced to 30 years

    A Sumner man who in 2014 was sentenced to 35 years in prison had his sentence reduced by five years after an appellate court reduced the charge on which he was sentenced.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Michael T. Fickes to 30 years on the charge of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a lesser included charge filed when Fickes was taken into custody in 2013.