Local News

  • Electric aggregation meeting for city, county is March 21

    The city of Vandalia and Fayette County will host a public information meeting on municipal electric aggregation at 6 p.m. next Thursday, March 21, in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.

    The meeting is held to educate the public on the municipal aggregation referendum on the April 9 consolidated election ballot.

    Representative of Good Energy will present the program and answer questions from the public.

  • State police ticket two for selling alcohol to minors

    Illinois State Police District 12 officers conducted a Campus Tap Enforcement surveillance detail at various establishments during the evening of Feb. 13 in Effingham and Fayette counties.
    The purpose of these Campus Tap details is to determine which businesses may be selling alcoholic beverages to minors (people under 21 years of age).
    Twenty-seven locations were surveyed in Altamont, Edgewood, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Farina and Vandalia.

  • Genealogy program Tuesday in Kinmundy

    The Kinmundy Public Library and the Kinmundy Historical Society are working jointly to host a program on genealogy at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.
    The program will be held at the library, located at 111 S. Monroe St. in Kinmundy.
    The presenter for the evening will be Robert Lybarger of Salem. Lybarger has been a member of the Marion County Genealogical and Historical Society for more than 30 years and has served as treasurer for the past eight years.
    He is an avid genealogist who has chronicled his own family through many generations.

  • Volunteer weather recorders sought

    Fayette County Extension
    A volunteer weather program is looking for weather observers to measure precipitation in Vandalia, St. Elmo, Brownstown and other communities throughout Central and Southeastern Illinois, and a training session for the volunteers is set for Monday.
    Participation requires only a few minutes each day and provides a valuable service to the community. Training is provided and no prior experience is necessary.

  • News Briefs

    Taylor re-elected chief of VVFD
    Ed Taylor Jr. was re-elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department's annual meeting last month.

  • Volunteer Workers

    The Central Illinois Food Bank provided food for 239 families, with the total number of individuals served by the distribution being 686.

    The total included 243 children under the age of 18 and 141 seniors.

  • County to tighten its policies

    He didn’t go into detail on the reasons for them, but the chairman of the Fayette County Board said on Tuesday that the board will be looking at changes to the policies and procedures for the county and its employees.
    At the close of Tuesday’s board meeting, Knebel said, “This board needs to look at the procedures of this county,” he said. “The way it’s been run the past several years … it’s pretty lax.

  • County OKs another fund transfer

    Though it wasn’t unanimous, the Fayette County Board voted on Tuesday to transfer another $250,000 from its capital improvement fund in order to meet payroll.
    And while the board approved that transfer, in an 11-3 vote, board Chairman Steve Knebel and several other board members said the board will have to look at making cuts instead of transfers.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 14

    ✔ 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 Trustees meets at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, March 15

  • Beekeepers meeting Saturday at KC

    The Tri-County Beekeepers Association and the Illinois Queen Initiative invites all fellow and potential beekeepers to enjoy a special presentation by Grant Gillard this Saturday, from 12:30-4 p.m., at Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St.
    Gillard is now a commercial beekeeper, author, speaker, pastor, husband and father.  He operates about 200 hives of honeybees in Southeast Missouri, near the town of Jackson.