Today's News

  • Local history worth preserving

    Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield is an important historic site because it's the home of the Lincoln Tomb, the final resting place for arguably the most famous person in history. A cemetery in Vandalia is also deserving of attention, because it is the final resting place for many important figures in our state's infancy years.
    Dorothy Donley is seeing to it that the history in that burial ground is recorded, while at the same time reviving some of that history.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • William L. Nelson, 27, Brownstown, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $2,500.
    • Derick W. Steck, 30, Pana, was arrested on July 22 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $5,000.
    • Larry W. Simmons, 45, 1328 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 21 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,500.
    • Kevin W. Trexler, 34, 2612 Lakewood Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on July 21 for contempt of court. Bond was $250 cash.

  • Calendar

    Friday, July 26

    ✔ The Vandalia Statehouse will host a story time on Cahokia Mounds from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The story time is part of the "Exploring Southern Illinois Story Time" series. Along with a story, coloring pages will be provided, along with more information on state historic sites.

  • Coroner handles three cases in recent days

    The Fayette County Coroner has handled three cases in recent days.
    Coroner Dave Harris said that early on Sunday, he responded to a death in Vandalia. Harris said that a 36-year-old female was discovered dead by a co-worker at their place of employments.
    She was later identified as Nikki L. Handegan of Vandalia.
    An autopsy was to be performed on Monday in Effingham.
    No further information was released at the time, and Harris said the death is still under investigation by his office and the Vandalia Police Department.

  • Free hunter safety course is next week

    A free hunter safety course will be held next week at Buck Stop Archery south of Brownstown.
    Course hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. next Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. next Saturday.
    The preferred minimum age is 10, and the class is limited to 55 participants.
    To register for the free, 10-hour safety course, call Buck Stop Archery, 427-5264 next Thursday.
    Participants should take a pencil and a sack lunch for Friday.

  • City striping streets, school crosswalks

    For the next two weeks, weather permitting, the city of Vandalia’s public works department will be striping streets and school crosswalks.
    The striping will be done on streets in residential and commercial areas outside the downtown business district.
    Public Works Director Marlin Filer asks residents to be alert for road closures and wet paint.

  • Statehouse hosting four story times

    The first of four story times at the Vandalia Statehouse on Southern Illinois history are this week.
    Story times on Lewis & Clark will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. this Friday and Saturday.
    A story time on Cahokia Mounds is set for 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26. The final story time is on Abraham Lincoln and the Vandalia Statehouse, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2.
    In addition to a story on those days, coloring pages and more information about state historic sites will be presented.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Krista R. Halbrook, 40, 1512 Morning Glory Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on July 16 on a charge of methamphetamine possession. No bond information was listed.
    • Justin L. Craig, 25, 418 W. Washington St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 15 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Chad L. Minor, 44, 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on July 14 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and he was held for Clinton County authorities.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 18

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all local women to its July program meeting at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. To RSVP, contact Janice Hejl, janice.hejl@gmail.com or 322-6538.
    ✔ The Grant Sefton food truck will be at Charters Patio from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Friday, July 19

  • Sept. 1 now the final harvest date for cover crops

    By Kate Hansen,
    policy assistant,
    Center for Rural Affairs
    In a win for both farmers and conservation efforts, this year’s cover crops final harvest date has been shifted to Sept. 1. This new date applies to silage, haylage, and baleage in addition to haying and grazing.
    The announcement comes after members of Congress took action to defend farmers planting cover crops on prevented plant acres.