Local News

  • Judge studies city, Mabry case

    A Vandalia couple who opened a restaurant on Vandalia Lake last month had their day in court on Tuesday.
    But they have to wait to find out whether they can continue to operate that restaurant.
    At a court hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Judge James L. Roberts said he would review documents filed by the city of Vandalia and restaurant operators Steve and Latisha Mabry, then issue a written ruling.
    At issue is whether the Mabrys can continue to operate The Lake House on property that the city claims bears a residential zoning designation.

  • VCHS celebrating Homecoming

    The student body is dressed in red on Friday as Vandalia Community High School celebrates Homecoming. (Photo from Superintendent Rich Well)

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  • VCHS homecoming coronation is at halftime

    The coronation of this year's homecoming king and queen at Vandalia Community High School will take place during halftime of the varsity football game on Friday evening.

    It was incorrectly stated in this week's issue that the coronation would be held during the dance following the game. We apologize for the erro.

  • Queens at State Fair

    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford visited the Director’s Lawn at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Aug. 9, and had the opportunity to meet Miss Fayette County Fair Sydney Young (left), Jr. Miss Deanna Shelton (right) and Little Miss Reagan Roberts.

  • FS Donates to Extension

    Dave Lidy of South Central FS, center, presents a $500 check to Fayette County Extension Foundation Chairman Brian Willenborg, right, and county Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead, left.

    Also pictured is Brock Willenborg, left front. The donation will be used to support 4-H and Extension in Fayette County.

  • New Radar for County

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison, left, and Sheriff Aaron Lay are shown with the sheriff's office's new Pro Laser III infrared Lidar System radar gun.

    The purchase of the $1,500 speed gun, used to measure the speed of vehicles, was made possible through Morrison's equipment grant program. The program is funded by forfeitures and seizures through Morrison's office.

  • News Briefs

    Museum's Season of Entertainment set

    Historical Vandalia's 2013-14 Season of Entertainment schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday, Sept. 22 – Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon will perform as Clara Barton in telling how Barton's work led to the development of the American Red Cross.
    • Nov. 10 – Historical Markers of Illinois will be presented by William Furry of Springfield, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 19

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ The monthly meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will be held at the Legion Home. The meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Judge affirms ruling on Fulk overhear

    A judge last Thursday affirmed his decision not to suppress evidence in the case of a Farina man charged with solicitation of murder for hire.
    “I agree with the state and with (my) first ruling” not to suppress an overhear, Judge James Roberts ruled at the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing in the Mark Fulk case.
    Fulk was charged in early April with trying to arrange for the murder of his wife, and the prosecution’s evidence includes an overhear tape recorded by the Illinois State Police.