Local News

  • Electric aggregation meeting is Thursday

    A public hearing for both Vandalia and Fayette County on the issue of electric aggregation is this Thursday night.
    Good Energy is holding the public meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.
    At the meeting, Good Energy representatives will explain the issue of municipal aggregation, as well as answer questions from people in the audience.
    A municipal aggregation referendum is on the April 9 consolidated election ballot.

  • Rotary taking on downtown trees

    Vandalia aldermen learned more details on Monday about the plan to solve the unsuccessful planting of trees along Gallatin Street in the downtown business district.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported that city employees have helped a private contractor remove any remaining trees, along with the containers in which they were planted.
    In those holes, redbud, lilac and crab apple trees will be planted, with the Vandalia Rotary Club maintaining them.

  • More school cuts, changes OK'd

    Another wave of personnel cuts and organizational changes was unveiled Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.

  • 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.