Local News

  • County getting Lincoln portrait

    A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Fayette County Courthouse on this Friday.
    The unveiling ceremony in the large courtroom will take place at 11 a.m., and the event is open to the public.
    The Lincoln photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. 
    Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

  • Off to a good start

    Due to an incredible amount of support from the community, a program operating under the Vandalia ONE initiative is serving four times more students than was the initial goal.
    During a meeting of the Vandalia ONE stakeholders last week at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, representatives of programs under Vandalia ONE gave progress reports.
    Stakeholders heard about progress made with the Nourishing Greatness, BOOM and Work Force Development programs.

  • Light Duty
  • A little surplus

    Fayette County Board members were presented on Tuesday a budget for the new fiscal year that was drafted by the board’s finance committee and the county’s consultant.
    And while the committee involved in the formulation of that budget included just a few board members, all board members will now be involved in the county’s financial matters.
    The tentative budget presented Cathryn Hart of Bellwether shows a slightly positive balance in the general fund.

  • Feds release info on Fayette County Bank failure

    Federal authorities released on Tuesday information on the failure of Fayette County Bank last year.
    The Federal Reserve Board stated that in accordance with the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, it “conducted an in-depth review of the failure of Fayette County Bank, because the failure presented unusual circumstances warranted an in-depth review.
    According to the Federal Reserve, Fayette County Bank began operations as a state chartered bank on Feb. 26, 1915, in St. Elmo, and became an insured depository institution on Jan. 1, 1934.

  • Mayor gives his side of story on Saturday accident

    Responding to comments on social media that he termed slanderous, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman gave during Monday’s city council meeting the details of an auto accident on Saturday in which he was involved.
    Gottman said that he was backing from the drive at his mother’s residence when he hit a parked vehicle.

  • St. Elmo Schools hire Towler

    During a special session on Monday, the St. Elmo Board of Education hired Ashley Towler as the bookkeeper for the St. Elmo School District.
    Towler takes the position after serving as the secretary at Brownstown Junior/Senior High School.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all women and young ladies to its business meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch, if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at janice.hejl@gmail.com or 322-6538.

    Friday, October 5

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a children and family flu clinic for children and their parents only. By appointment only; call 283-1044, to make an appointment.

  • Applications taken for school board seat

    Applications are being accepted through next Tuesday afternoon for an open seat on the Vandalia Board of Education.
    The vacancy has been created by the resignation of Chris Palmer, who was serving as the president of the school board at the time of his resignation, which was effective on Monday.

  • Shop Local Challenge under way

    In making another plea to residents to shop locally, the city of Vandalia and Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is also asking shoppers to help them in their efforts to enhance the local business community.