Local News

  • Solid Waste ordinance hearing, county board meeting to be held at Vandalia Junior High School

    The public hearing on Fayette County’s proposed solid waste ordinance will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Vandalia Junior High School gymnasium.

    The board will then meet in regular session at 7 p.m. at the junior high.

    If you would like to read a copy of the ordinance, click on this headline and then click on the Solid Waste Ordinance.pdf to download the document.

  • Lemonade Stand Raises $5,000

    Carson LaDage, 6, hands a glass of lemonade to a customer Saturday morning at County Market in Vandalia.

    LaDage, who has a brainstem tumor, was inspired to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital through the lemonade stand. The stand attracted dozens of donors and raised about $5,000. Carson is the son of Todd and Darla LaDage of Pekin, and the grandson of Bill and Sharon LaDage of Vandalia. Combined with other lemonade stands, Carson has raised more than $10,500.

  • School board takes personnel action

    The Vandalia Board of Education held a brief special meeting on Monday to handle a four-item agenda regarding school employees for the upcoming school year.
    First, the board passed a resolution authorizing the honorable dismissal of two regular route school bus drivers, Whitney Smith and Donna Evans.
    Second, the board approved a motion to employ Danielle Stone and Stacy Thull as TLC (Training for Life Choices) aides at Vandalia Community High School and Okaw Area Vocational Center.

  • Fayette Water conducting income survey

    To obtain favorable interest rates on loans from the federal government for its water line extensions, Fayette Water Co. will conduct an income survey for the area to be served by those extensions.
    The rural water company is working with the Rural Community Assistance Program to conduct the survey for a number of residences in Bear Grove, Sharon and Shafter townships in the near future.
    Fayette Water is seeking low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development for the extension of water lines into those townships.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 1

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, August 3

  • Mabrys seek dismissal of city's complaint

    The Vandalia couple that plans to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake as soon as next week has responded to the city’s legal attempt to prevent the operation of that business at that location.
    The attorney for Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry filed on Monday a motion asking for dismissal of the city’s complaint for declaratory judgment.

  • Rail crossing discussions

    The Vandalia City Council is scheduled to decide in the near future whether to place stop signs on streets along the local rail line, and almost all aldermen were present on Monday to hear comments about that proposal.
    However, they may not even have to make that decision, based on a couple of comments made during a meeting of the council’s streets and public safety committees.

  • Active Shooter Training

    Active shooter training was held for officers with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office last week at the former Washington School building in Vandalia.

    In the first photo, Deputy Greg Kline (left) and Chief Deputy Brent Ellis participate in a drill as instructor Warren Musgrave looks on. In the second photo, Musgrave (right) talks to the officers about how to hold their weapons. From left are deputy Sherri Miller, Ellis, Sheriff Aaron Lay, and deputies Shawn Carter, Kline and Ed Durbin.

  • Carving an international reputation of quality

    “We do a lot of bears,” Mike Rhodes will tell you about the chainsaw carving business that he and his daughter, Wendy, operate in rural St. Elmo.

  • Mabrys file motion to dismiss

    The Vandalia couple planning to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake filed on Monday its response to a city suit aimed at preventing them from operating that business.

    Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry’s attorney, David Cates of Swansea, filed a motion to dismiss the city’s request for a declaratory judgment in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    In their motion, the Mabrys contend that their property is outside city limits and that the city has “has no jurisdiction beyond their corporate limits.”