Local News

  • Electric bill issue on ballots

    One day after the Vandalia City Council voted to put an electric aggregation on the April 9 consolidated election ballot, the Fayette County Board did the same.
    The city council voted on Monday to both put the issue on the ballot and approve an agreement with Good Energy for professional energy consulting services.
    Good Energy representative Steve Bryant made a presentation to the city council at its Dec. 17 meeting, and to the county board on Tuesday night.

  • NEW: Economist article follows up on 'The Talk In Vandalia'


    The view from Vandalia

    A half century on, a much-studied small city has lessons to teach


  • News Briefs

    Museum program is on Sunday, Jan. 13

    The third of the Fayette County Museum's Season of Events will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Dennis A. Stroughmatt of Albion will play traditional music on the fiddle and relate the French history in Illinois and Missouri. This lively medley of music, language, stories and culture – once secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks and other Midwestern French river towns – now has a voice in the modern world.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 3

    ✔ 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.
    Sunday, January 6

    ✔ The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will meet at 1 p.m. at the Taylor Springs VFW Home.

  • Year in Review

    • Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair 2012 at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown. Sarah Craig of rural Vandalia was crowned Junior Miss Fayette County, and Shelby Sasse of Brownstown was named the 2012 Little Miss Fayette County.
    • After Vandalia aldermen discussed the idea of switching the position of city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one, City Attorney Jack Johnston drafted a letter laying out the council’s options. The council approved that change later in the month.

  • British reporter follows up on 'The Talk In Vandalia'

    Fifty years ago, writer Joseph Lyford came to Vandalia to see what the community could tell him about the mood and condition of rural America. His resulting book, “The Talk In Vandalia,” wasn’t exactly complimentary.

  • Mayoral contests in Vandalia, St. Elmo and Ramsey

    Residents of Vandalia, St. Elmo and Ramsey will have choices for the top elected office in their community when they go to the polls this spring.
    The following have filed petitions to run for municipal posts in the April consolidated election.
    Rick Gottman will seek a fourth term in office, and he will be opposed by Brian Stout.
    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen is running unopposed in seeking a fifth term in office.
    • Ward I – Incumbent Jerry Swarm is running unopposed.

  • Early Christmas gift for VVFD

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department received an early Christmas gift earlier this month – a $2,000 donation from TransCanada, a natural gas and oil pipleline company.

    TransCanada employee Galen Frailey of Patoka (second from right) presented the donation, which will be used to purchase equipment. Pictured, from left, are VVFD Second Assistant Chief Steve Stombaugh, VVFD First Assistant Chief Keith Meadows, Frailey and VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr.

  • Year in Review

    A struggling economy continued to be one of the top stories in Vandalia and Fayette County, as the area lost more jobs and the county dealt with financial matters for most of 2012.
    A look back at 2012 begins in this issue with the first six months of the year.
    • About six months after an Illinois State Police investigation, St. Elmo librarian Terri E. Gillespie was arrested on theft charges.  Gillespie was charged with two counts, one alleging the theft of up to $500,000 in library funds and the other alleging the theft of up to $100,000.

  • Council to vote on putting electric aggregation on ballot

    The Vandalia City Council is expected to consider at its next meeting that could possibly lead to lower electrical rates for city residents.
    The council is scheduled to vote at its Jan. 7 meeting on an ordinance amendment that would putan electric aggregation referendum before voters.
    If the council approves that amendment, residents will vote on the electric aggregation issue at the April 9 consolidated election.
    City officials discussed the issue at last week’s meeting after a presentation of electric aggregation by Steve Bryant of Good Energy.