Local News

  • Free seminar on synthetic drugs

    With synthetic drugs drawing a lot of news coverage and discussion recently, local agencies are teaming together to present a seminar on the topic.
    “The Ivory Wave Tsunami: Synthetic Drug Awareness” is a free seminar being presented from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. next Thursday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Bruce R. Talbot, a nationally recognized expert trainer on drugs of abuse, will present the seminar.

  • Collecting past due traffic fines

    At a time when the Fayette County Board is faced with trimming the county’s budget, one county officer has come up with a way of increasing revenues.
    If you never paid for a traffic ticket you received more than two decades ago, you probably know how Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick is doing that.
    Emerick, the circuit clerk since December 2012, was at a conference when she learned about Credit Collection Partners, a company that was beginning to collect past due fine monies.

  • Giving Back

    The lights on the baseball diamond in Patoka City Park were on long before daylight last Friday, but not for a baseball game.

  • CUB to analyze phone bills Wednesday

    Representatives of the Citizens Utility Board will be in Vandalia on Wednesday afternoon to analyze phone bills during a free clinic.

    The clinic will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 616 W. Jackson St.

    Residents should take their phone bills for a free, one-on-one consultation with a CUB expert to identify ways to cut costs. The clinic is sponsored by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

    To register for the clinic, contact McCarter's office, 283-3000.

  • Lions Halloween Parade Winners


    1-Bright Beginnings Day Care

    2-Fayette County Hospital

    3-Land of Lincoln Credit Union


    5-KC Nursing

    6th (tie)-Zombulance and Randy’s Country Barn


    Walking Groups

    1-South Central

  • VVFD Uses Foundation Funds, Donations

    Four members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department are shown with recent purchases the department has made using grant funds and donations from local organizations and individuals.

  • 20 years with VPD

    Todd Wagner (left), detective for the Vandalia Police Department, last week received a plaque from VPD Chief Jeff Ray in recognition of his 20 years with the local police department.

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pictured with the mayor is Heather Chavez, a domestic violence advocate for SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies).

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in the area are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ 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.

  • Herrick man arrested on bomb charges

    A Herrick man has been jailed since late last week, when he was arrested on bomb charges.
    Aaron C. Rhodes, 34, was arrested last Thursday on charges of possession of an explosive or incendiary device, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison then filed charges against Rhodes for the incident at his home.