Local News

  • Gallatin work about done

    The Vandalia City Council started off the new year by meeting in regular session for about eight minutes on Tuesday night.
    In that brief meeting, the council approved the fourth payment estimate for streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street.
    The pay estimate of $87,693.98 essentially signifies the completion of that project, which is being wholly funded by $400,000 in state grant funds obtained by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and former state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland).

  • Fayette Water still working on lake area signups

    Prior to the December meeting of the Fayette County Board, a public hearing was held to close out a grant project designed to provide potable water to rural residents of the county.
    And, while that project comes to a close, Fayette Water officials are still working to sign up residents northwest of Vandalia.
    Mike Shaw of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission conducted the public hearing on a $350,000 Illinois Community Development Assistance grant awarded to Fayette Water.

  • ILEAS team trains in Vandalia

    With an armored car stationed outside, about three dozen fully armed law enforcement officers suited up in protective gear were going up and down the halls of the former Washington School in Vandalia.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 29

    ✔ 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, December 31
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • Keepin' it in the family

    A century ago, Thomas M. Stombaugh hung out his shingle at the corner of Fifth and Johnson streets in Vandalia.

  • Multiplier is 1

    Fayette County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0, according to Brian Hamer, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts).

  • Girl Scout cookie sales in January

    The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is right around the corner.
    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will kick off the cookie sale Jan. 6-8 during Cookie Caravan weekend.
    During Cookie Caravan, customers can purchase cookies directly from girls at various locations throughout the region.
    Traditional cookie order-taking will occur Jan. 6-21, with cookies to be delivered in mid-February. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Caravans will be held March 2-4 and 9-11.

  • News Briefs

    Unemployment at 9.8% in November

    Unemployment in Fayette County was at 9.8 percent in November, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
    The IDES report shows that the November figure is lower than in November 2010, 10.6 percent.
    Unemployment in Effingham County dropped from 7.5 percent in November 2010 to 7 percent this November. Marion County's November rate was 11 percent, down from 11.3 percent in November of last year.

    Zumba classes in Patoka resume Jan. 3

  • 14 counts filed against Vandalia man after crime spree

    Sixteen counts of criminal charges have been filed against a Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a crime spree covering a wide area.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed charges against Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, 330 S. Coles St., Vandalia, on Friday, two days after he was taken into custody south of Mulberry Grove.
    Weldon appeared in court late last week, with his bond set at $300,000.
    The charges filed by Friedel’s office include the following allegations:

  • Riddle succeeding Cole as Statehouse superintendent

    For close to three decades, Mary Cole has been helping to keep alive Vandalia’s history as a former state capital and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career. This week, her tenure in that role comes to an end.