Today's News

  • 7.34% for water, 16.92% for sewer

    After not putting in any increases for water and sewer for three years, the Vandalia City Council on Monday decided to add increases that mirror the expenses for those services in the past year.
    The council voted 6-1 on Monday to increase the water rates by 7.34 percent and sewer rates by 16.92 percent.
    Aldermen Bret Brosman (water and sewer committee chairman), Andy Lester, Joel Rebbe, Russ Stunkel, Steve Barker and Ken Hubler voted for those increases, and Mike Hobler cast the lone dissenting vote; Dorothy Crawford was not present for the meeting.

  • VCHS student appointed to state council

    A Vandalia Community High School student is not only a new member of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council, he is the only sophomore among its members.

  • Crop survey shows 165.7 yield for corn, 47.5 yield for beans

    As could be expected, due to unfavorable planting and growing conditions, Fayette County farmers will likely see lower corn and soybean yields this harvest season.

  • Out of Darkness Walk
  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 19

    ✔ A women's Bible study will be held on Thursdays from Aug. 22-Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. (west of Sunset Drive), Vandalia. It is a DVD Bible study with Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore. All women are invited. For more information, call 283-1970.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all women to its business meeting at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at janice.hejl.com or 322-6538.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jessie M. Knight, 34, 239 N. West St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 17 on a charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $2,500.
    • Cortez J. Rodriguez, 24 1824 N. Jefferson St., Apt. 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.
    • Robert L. Delp, 51, homeless, was arrested on Sept. 17 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. No bond information was listed.

  • County-wide meeting on marijuana sales planned

    Representatives of governmental entities met last week to discuss the possible sale of marijuana in the county.
    Now, they plan to hear from residents of the county.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that he met with mayors in other communities in the county and representatives of the county board to discuss the sale of cannabis.
    “They knew I was going to do a task force and they recommended a county-wide meeting,” Gottman said.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Johnny Scott Hale
    Heather Christine Lawrence
    Grant Joseph West
    Beecher City
    Kenda Marie Martin
    Beecher City
    Elden Eugene Hicks
    Lola Jane Rhodes
    Aaron Lee Austin
    Priscila Fontes Mizuno
    Eric Jason Seabaugh

  • Myers named St. Elmo Citizen of the Year

    Kent Janes
    Randy Myers was announced as the 2019 Citizen of the Year in St. Elmo during the community’s Labor Day Celebration.

  • County holding real estate mobile home tax sale

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2015 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2016 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county, as trustee, will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public.
    They will offer approximately 11 real estate items and seven mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale.