Local News

  • WIC still operating

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Illinois has received contingency funds from the USDA which will enable them to maintain services through October.  WIC participants should continue to keep their WIC appointments and shop as usual and if they have any questions they are encouraged to contact their local WIC office.  Illinois serves approximately 280,000 women, infants and children under the age of 5.


    2013 Federal Shut Down

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  • Out of the Darkness Walk

    This year's Out of the Darkness Walk on the Lincoln Loop Walking Path in Vandalia parks on Saturday raised $7,305.93 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with Rylee Wollerman being the top individual fundraiser. This year's walk included 11 teams. Fundraising continues online at www.VandaliaWalk.org.

  • Historical Performance

    Retired teacher Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon presented a program last week in which she portrayed Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross.

    The program is the first in a series of historical programs presented by the Fayette County Museum. Proceeds from the programs will be used for the renovation of the upper level of the museum, which is located in the old Presbyterian Church at Main Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

  • Flowers, Baldridge Perform In Effingham

    Two Fayette County musicians who are both currently working in Nashville, Tenn., performed Saturday at the Effingham Music Fest in Effingham.

    Vandalia native Dani Flowers, first photo, opened the show. She was followed by Drew Baldridge, second photo, a native of Patoka. Headlining the show was Brett Eldredge.

  • News Briefs

    Little Garden Festival is Oct. 12

    The annual Harvest Festival at Vandalia's Little Community Garden will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
    The festival will include a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony for the memorial garden created by Girl Scout Troop No. 382 and a cemetery walk at the Old State Burial Ground from 1-3 p.m.

  • State suspends lawyer Goggin for five months

    A former candidate for state’s attorney in Fayette County will be unable to practice law for close to half a year, according to the state agency regulating professional licenses.
    Daniel F. Goggin of Greenville was included in list of Illinois lawyers who were disciplined by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
    The ARDC reported that Goggin’s license is being suspended for five months, effective Oct. 16.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 3

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, October 5

  • Vandals Marching Invitational is Saturday

    The Vandalia Community High School marching band will host a dozen area bands this Saturday for the second annual Marching Vandals Invitational.
    That event, which includes both a parade and field competition, kicks off at 11 a.m. with the parade portion. Bands will start at the high school and march south on Eighth Street to Lincoln Street. Judges will be located at the Fayette County Hospital parking lot.
    The Vandalia Junior High School band leads off the parade as an exhibition entry, and competing bands follow every seven minutes.

  • New school budget has deficits

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Monday approved a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that projects a deficit of $1.4 million in the four operating funds over which the district has spending discretion.
    That budget shows revenues of $12,987,496 and expenditures of $14,393,736 for the fiscal year that began July 1.
    The four operating accounts include education fund, operations and maintenance, transportation and working cash.