Local News

  • Another weekend full of activities

    A number of activities, including the return of a cemetery walk, are planned in Vandalia this weekend.

  • Judge: City has control over lake

    Denying a motion filed by the couple operating a restaurant on Lake Vandalia, a judge has ruled that the city has jurisdiction over property at the lake.
    But that ruling does not bring a final resolution to the city’s case against Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry.
    Judge James L. Roberts of Hillsboro filed on Friday an order in which he denied the Mabry’s motion to dismiss the city’s complaint for declaratory judgment.

  • Judge rules for city, against Mabrys

    A judge has ruled in favor of the city of Vandalia in the case involving the operation of a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    Judge James Roberts filed on Friday his order, in which he states, “The sole issue for determination by this court as to the motion to dismiss (the city’s complaint for declaratory judgment) is whether (the) plaintiff (city of Vandalia) has established a basis for an extension of its extraterritorial jurisdiction to permit the court to even consider those evidentiary issues and plaintiff’s request for relief.

  • 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.


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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.