Local News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 23

    ✔ J.B. Pritzker, Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, will be at the Fayette County Democrat Headquarters,  523 W. Orchard St, Vandalia, from noon-1 p.m.

    Friday, August 24

    ✔ St. Peter Prairie Days gets under way with a dinner with fish, and chicken and ribeye sandwiches at 5 p.m.; Bash at Prairie Days softball tournament at 5 p.m.; coed sand volleyball tournament at 6 p.m.; and music by Matt Poss at 8 p.m.

  • Illinois Turns 200

    Illinois Humanities welcomes residents of Vandalia and surrounding communities to join them for a free live taping of Illinois Turns 200, a bicentennial podcast series, this Sunday, from 3-5:30 p.m., at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Illinois Turns 200 looks at the past, present and potential futures of seven Illinois communities that arose along rivers, railroads and significant roads, and tells their stories through live interviews, dramatic readings, archival material and musical performances.

  • Corn 188, beans 58

    This year’s corn and soybean crops could be the best in at least three decades. At least that’s what a survey conducted on Tuesday shows.

  • Palmer leaving board

    The president of the Vandalia Board of Education for the past six years had planned to resign from the board at the end of the year, but has since decided to leave the board at the end of next month.

  • School board adds two years to Garrison contract

    Just five months after taking over as Vandalia’s superintendent of schools, Dr. Jennifer Garrison has had her contract extended.
    Garrison, a Vandalia native and 1995 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was given a two-year contract when hired for the post last December. She came to the Vandalia district after serving as the superintendent of the Sandoval School District for eight years and as the Ramsey Grade School principal for four years.

  • Council OKs street closures for events

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday:
    • Approved the annual maintenance agreement with HACH for lab equipment at the city water plant, at a cots of $4,923.
    • Set Saturday, Oct. 27, as the date for trick-or-treating in Vandalia.
    • Approved resolutions for the closure of Gallatin Street from Third Street to Seventh Street and from Gallatin to Johnson Street on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 25, for the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween Parade, and Gallatin from Third to Seventh on Friday, Nov. 9, for Olde Tyme Christmas.

  • City looking at new water plant

    After talking in general terms for some time about the need for a new water plant, city officials are ready to move toward that goal.
    During a work session held prior to Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman and aldermen received estimates on both an update to the current facility and a new water plant, as well as how the city could get financial assistance for the project.
    At the end of the 40-minute meeting, aldermen favored the option of building a new plant, something that’s recommended by a city consulting engineer.

  • Three given prison sentences

    Three individuals have been sentenced to prison in Fayette County Circuit Court:
    • Melissa White, 47, Taylorville, was sentenced by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine.
    • Jeffrey Durbin, 24, Beecher City, was sentenced by Sheafor to 36 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle.
    • Justin D. Ellis, 29, Beecher City, was sentenced by Sheafor to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminal damage to property.

  • Two injured in ATV/deer accident

    A St. Elmo couple was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Saturday evening after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding on was struck by a deer.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Darrin L. Wright, 49, and Cheryl K. Wright, 49, were traveling north on Fayette County Road 1700 East, .1 mile south of County Road 2660 North, eight miles north of Brownstown, when a deer struck the front of their ATV.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 16

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia is inviting all local women and young ladies to its program meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. Gail Lannom, owner of Priority Staffing Group, will be the guest speaker. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch, if they desire. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl, by calling 322-6538 or by email, janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, August 17