Local News

  • Bowen announces candidacy for sheriff

    A Vandalia man who has served as Fayette County’s coroner for the past 13 years wants to be the county’s next sheriff, saying that he already is very familiar with the office.

  • Man accepts eight years in prison

    A rural Brownstown man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty last week.
    Erich S. Kraemer, 24, last Tuesday signed a guilty plea for the charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors and theft more than $500.
    Judge James Roberts sentenced Kraemer to eight years in prison on the charge alleging that on April 26 of this year, he possessed pseudoephedrine “in a form other than a standard dose form, with the intent that it be used to manufacture (10-20 grams) of a substance containing methamphetmine.”

  • Man charged with firing at others

    A Keyesport man faces felony charges for both possession and shooting a firearm.

  • ISP ordered to turn over documents

    A judge ruled last week that the Illinois State Police must turn over records and documents related to its relationship with a witness in the case of a Farina man who is charged with trying to arrange for the murder of his wife.
    That judge will then review items that are presented by the state police, then provide a written decision on whether those items may be released to the attorney for Mark G. Fulk.

  • Mad Dog clubhouse burns Sunday

    The clubhouse of the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club burned early Sunday morning.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the clubhouse, located north of Vera, at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the structure destroyed.

    An investigator with the Office of the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate the fire.

  • St. James Lutheran Church Women hold rummage sale, auction

    The women at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia will be having a rummage sale in the church gymnasium on Friday, July 19, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. until noon.


    In conjunction with the Rummage Sale we will also be conducting a sealed bid, reserve, auction.  The three items to be sold by means of a sealed bid are:

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 18

    ✔ 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 Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Officers for 2013-14 will be installed. Members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo of Gallatin Street, taken from atop Lutheran Hill, kicks off our new Vandalia Memories feature.

    In this feature, we will publish old photographs of Vandalia that have been posted online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia. This photo was posted by Rose Fisher.

  • County postpones request for help with city project

    The Fayette County Board last Thursday postponed action on a request from the city of Vandalia to help with a city infrastructure project.
    The board is being asked to contribute $112,000 for the extension of city water lines in Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    That project would allow the city to feed water to the new distribution center that South Central FS is building in the northeast quadrant of that interchange, just north of Pine Ridge Homes and Laack Flooring Innovations.

  • LaDage youth raises funds for St. Jude's

    Sharon and Bill LaDage have long been respected and admired for their contributions to education, and the students they taught and for the worthy causes they have supported, and held in high esteem for their continuing interest and participation in school and community projects, especially those involving the young.