Today's News

  • TIF extension work a priority

    The urgency of extending the life of Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing districts increased late last week when an executive of a local industry spoke of the possibility of relocating that industry to Greenville.
    Mayor Rick Gottman learned of that news during a meeting at OctoChem last Thursday morning, and Gottman asked to meet with Vandalia School District officials to discuss the district’s intergovernmental TIF agreement.

  • Beccue: 30 years for murder

    Two months after being found guilty of second-degree murder, Alexander Beccue was given the maximum sentence – 30 years.
    Beccue, 26, was also given a 10-year sentence for his conviction on a charge of unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon, a sentence that will be served concurrently with the one given for second-degree murder.

  • Woman killed in Tuesday accident on U.S. Route 40

    A Vandalia woman was killed in a two-car accident on U.S. Route 40 east of Vandalia on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a preliminary investigation determined that Jessica Lynn Wagner, 40, of Vandalia, was westbound on U.S. Route 40, about 1½ miles east of Vandalia when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt traveled into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a 2014 Chevrolet Captiva driven by Penny L. Wilson, 59, of Vandalia.

  • Sefton HCE sponsoring hospice program

    The Sefton Unit of Fayette County Home and Community Education is sponsoring a free program on hospice.
    The Fayette County Health Department is presenting the program, “Hospice – What it can and cannot do,” at 1 p.m. next Tuesday at the Golden Years Club just west of Brownstown.
    The information to be presented will include qualifying factors for hospice and Medicare participation.
    The program is free and the public is invited.
    For more information, contact Flo Allen at 427-3796.

  • Plea conference vacated for woman charged with dragging deputy

    A pretrial conference set to possibly work out a plea for a Springfield woman accused of dragging a county deputy with her car was canceled, but a plea in that case is still a possibility.

  • High school CEO program now in its second year

    While most high school students are thinking about school supplies, classes and extracurriculars, students of Fayette County CEO are thinking about what it looks like to start and run their own personal businesses.
    On Aug. 19, the community began the second CEO program year – just the first in a series of steps to help cultivate real life skills in our students and to enter the local  community into a national network of high-caliber, young leaders.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 22

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the Family YMCA of Fayette County, 710 Rock Island Ave., Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, August 23

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Crystal D. Anderson, 35, 519 S. Eighth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 20 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.
    • John W. Harkins, 60, 1194 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 19 on a charge of aggravated assault. He was released at the order of a judge.
    • Benjamin M. Probst, 31, West Lafayette, Ind., was arrested on Aug. 18 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $2,500.

  • Vandalia Night at Grizzlies' stadium is next Saturday

    Vandalia Night at the Gateway Grizzlies game is Saturday, Aug. 31, and the first 200 people through the gates will receive a Vandalia-themed Abraham Lincoln bobblehead.

  • EZ expansion for solar farm OK'd

    The Vandalia City Council gave its approval for a temporary expansion of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone that would allow construction benefits for a solar farm in the northeast part of the county.
    The council approved an intergovernmental agreement amendment to the local Enterprise Zone that allows for the inclusion of the legal description for the solar farm, then OK’d an amendment adding that territory to the Enterprise Zone.