Local News

  • Council favors keeping 2013 levy at same level as this year's

    With the city’s auditor presenting the options of increasing the tax levy or keeping it the same for next year, Vandalia aldermen said that they favor the latter.
    However, their plan to accomplish that differs from that suggested by the auditor.
    Mayor Rick Gottman presented to aldermen on Monday night the two levy options prepared by Timmermann and Co. Ltd.

  • Mabrys file second answer to city complaint

    The couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake has filed its second answer to a city complaint aimed at shutting them down.
    David Cates, the attorney for Steve and Latisha Mabry, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday a response to the complaint filed by the city at the end of June.
    In its complaint, the city contends that in a 1988 ordinance, a Highland couple agreed to subject the property now owned by the Mabrys to residential zoning. In exchange, the city allowed James and Ann Hediger to have a boat dock at that location.

  • 'The good Lord took care of her'

    Tina Abendroth was fighting back tears, knowing how close she had come to losing a family member in Sunday’s tornado.
    As Ina Abendroth’s family members provided information to Fayette County Emergency Management Coordinator Kendra Craig, Tina Abendroth talked about her mother-in-law’s harrowing experience.
    Ina Abendroth was sitting in a recliner in her home, which is slightly north of Cumberland Trail Growers, when she realized that a tornado might be headed her way.

  • EF2 twister hits St. Elmo

    Fayette County emergency management officials were hoping to hear anytime now that the county has been declared a disaster area after a tornado ripped through the St. Elmo area on Sunday.
    And while that tornado caused extensive damage, it did not cause any fatalities or, apparently, serious injuries.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas Schedule

    Friday, 5-9 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Cookies are big at Olde Tyme Christmas

    In past years, each member of Soroptimist International of Vandalia was charged with making eight to 10 dozen cookies. This year, each member will bake 12-15 dozen.
    That’s because of last year’s sale, when many people coming downtown for Vandalia’s Olde Tyme Christmas made the Soroptimists’ Cookie Walk their first stop.
    “We sold out in one hour and five minutes,” said Soroptimist Jan Rosborough, who co-chairs the Cookie Walk with Megan McCarty.
    “I never saw anything like we had last year,” Rosborough said.

  • Local Veterans Tell Their Stories

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia hosted a Veterans Day program on Monday morning, with the church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, serving as master of ceremonies.

    In addition to telling about his experiences during the Vietnam War, Rhodes asked other veterans to talk about their service; among those were Jim Smith (first photo) and Earl Brackenbush (second photo), who wore his government-issued uniform to the program.

  • County OKs tight budget

    As the Fayette County Board presented the county’s budget for the upcoming year at a hearing on Tuesday, discussion was focused mainly on one department, the sheriff’s office.
    Then, during its regular monthly meeting, the board OK’d that new budget, over the objection of Sheriff Aaron Lay.
    At the budget hearing, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the bottom line figure for the county’s new budget is $9,908,336.

  • First Baptist Church hosts seminar on drug trends

    Area educators and law enforcement officials were among the large crowd learning about current trends in drug abuse.

  • Bells will be ringing at Olde Tyme Christmas

    Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia will have a new sound to it this year. That sound will be bells ringing in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.