Local News

  • ISP Labor Day patrols

    The Labor Day weekend signifies the end of the summer and the last chance for people to get out and enjoy the warm weather. This holiday weekend is a busy driving period and millions of motorists are expected to hit the roadways nationwide.
    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt is reminding motorists to make safety their number one priority while driving during the Labor Day weekend.

  • News Briefs

    2018 Vandalois are now available

    Copies of the 2018 Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, are now available and can be picked up this Wednesday-Friday, between 11:20 a.m.-12:46 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
    After this week, they can be picked up in the high school office, but those picking them up are advised to first call the office, 283-5155, to ensure that they are ready for pickup.

    Children’s revival at First Pentecostal

  • Calendar

    Friday, August 31

    ✔ The Vandalia Lions Club is holding its annual Candy Day, acepting donations for its vision and hearing programs.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and build an art bot. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Patoka Fall Festival gets under way with a carnival, food vendors and bingo at 5 p.m., and C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m.

  • Bicentennial plans progressing

    Vandalia will be taking a step back in time and looking towards it future, as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding, June 13-16, 2019. Mark your calendars now to visit Illinois’ oldest capital, the site where Abraham Lincoln began his legislative career.
    In preparation for the 2019 celebration, Mayor Ricky Gottman and the city of Vandalia have appointed a board of directors to lead festivities. The board has been working since August of 2017 to plan a celebration fit for Vandalia’s vast history.

  • Pritzker stumps in Vandalia

    The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor emphasized the differences between him and the incumbent candidate during a stop in Vandalia last week.

  • Promoting the Statehouse

    The state’s comptroller made her first visit to the Vandalia Statehouse last week, doing so as an effort to attract other Illinoisans to the Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.

  • 30 years in child porn case

    A four-year child pornography case that included an interesting turn came to an end with a Vandalia man sentenced to prison for 30 years.

  • Street oilings are next week

    Vandalia’s public works employees will be oiling city streets, and Mayor Rick Gottman is asking residents to comply with traffic control measures as they do so.

  • We Apologize

    In the caption with the photo of the new Fayette County Democrat Headquarters, Donna Thull was incorrectly listed as a candidate for circuit clerk. She is a candidate for county clerk and recorder.
    We apologize for the error.

  • J.B. Pritzker in Vandalia this Thursday

    J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, will be at the Fayette County Democrat Headquarters, located at 523 W. Orchard St. in Vandalia, from noon-1 p.m. this Thursday. His visit is open to the public.