Local News

  • Hudson creating art on glassware

    “Simple Moments Make Great Memories” is just one of the inspiring messages on the works of art painted on glassware by Mary Beth Hudson.

  • Positive West Nile test in St. Elmo

    An official from the Illinois Department of Public Health collected five culex samples in St. EImo on Sept. 11, and one of the five samples tested positive for West Nile Virus.

  • Route 40 Accident

    Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Taylor Jr., right, watches as members of the department work to free a Brownstown woman from her car after a one-vehicle accident Monday morning on U.S. Route 40 east of Vandalia.

  • Harvest Festival is Saturday

    • Little Miss and Mister Harvest Pageant is at 11 a.m. at Fifth and Gallatin streets. It will feature 22 contestants, and new this year is a People’s Choice Award.
    • More than 20 vendors will be set up, including ones with Miche purses, Pampered Chef and Initials Inc. items.
    • Kids’ activities, including inflatables, face-painting and Paint the Car. The South Central Illinois Law Dogs will have an enclosed paintball target shooting trailer.

  • Grande Levée starts Friday

    The annual celebration that looks back at the time when Vandalia was the home of Illinois government is this weekend.
    The 44th annual Grande Levée begins on Friday evening, then continues on Saturday, but there is not a schedule as in past years.
    Statehouse Site Superintendent Steve Riddle said that there are “less time restraints” than in past years, due to the fact that Vandalia’s Harvest Festival runs in conjunction with the Grande Levée.

  • 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)

  • Positive West Nile test in St. Elmo


  • 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.