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Today's News

  • Bicentennial street closings

    Some Vandalia downtown streets will be closed during periods of Vandalia’s Bicentennial Celebration:
    • Gallatin Street from Third Street to Sixth Street – Friday at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
    Gallatin from Eighth Street to Sixth Street will be closed from 2 p.m. until the end of the celebration parade.
    • Johnson Street – Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The city parking lot will be open for parking only.
    • Fourth Street, from Gallatin Street to Johnson Street – Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

  • Pritzker facing challenges

    By Jim Nowlan
    Illinois Capitol News
    Democratic Gov. J. B. Pritzker and the Legislature have gambled on a new direction for Illinois.
    The dramatic new course seeks to turn our state from a government mired in conflict, impasse and perennial deficits to that of big picture thinking, and big spending.
    The two primary enactments this past month were a capital construction bill of breathtaking dimensions and a path toward significant higher income taxes to be imposed on the top 3 percent of earners.

  • County forms animal control committee

    The Fayette County Board has approved the formation of an animal control committee and appointed a board member to head up that committee, but postponed action on animal registration fees.
    About the formation of the new committee, board Chairman Jeff Beckman said, “If we had a committee that really put their eyes to it (animal control), I think it will be a great asset to the county board.”

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Charles D. Kile, 52, Pana, was arrested on June 11 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jacob A. Willis, 32, 1707 IL 185, Brownstown, was arrested on June 11 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,200.
    • Robert A. Ward, 36, 304 N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 10 on charges of threatening a public official and resisting a peace officer. No bond information was listed.
    • Cadence M. Barnard, 23, 120½ N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 10 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,000.

  • County begins studying marijuana sales issue

    Fayette County’s administrative consultant is working with the county’s state’s attorney’s office on the issue of recreational marijuana sales.
    Bruce DeLashmit of Bellwether LLC told county board members on Tuesday, “It’s a rather convoluted process for people to get a license, where they get a license, what they have to do.
    “The county has some role in that,” he said.
    DeLashmit told board members that by July, “We will have a full forward view of what our role is.

  • Murder trial set for Monday

    A jury trial for a St. Peter man charged with murder in August 2017 is scheduled to get under way on Monday.

  • Bicentennial Celebration is this week

    The city of Vandalia is celebrating its 200th birthday as it hosts the annual period celebration at the Statehouse.
    The Bicentennial Celebration kicks off this Thursday with a general store at Iya’s and Friends during the day, and a movie night with the showing of “Grease” and pre-movie activities.
    Friday’s schedule includes the ham and beans dinner held annually as part of the Grande Levée and two musical performances, by the community band from 5-5:30 p.m. and by the Air Force Brass Band from 6-8 p.m.

  • Sharing their stories to help others with similar feelings

    At Easter, after struggling with depression and anxiety for years, Ashley Metzger felt it was time to share her struggle with others in the congregation of her church.

  • Deadline is this Friday for bicentennial pageant

    This Friday is the deadline for entries in the Little Mr. and Little Miss Vandalia pageant held during Vandalia’s Bicentennial Celebration.
    The pageant is open to boys and girls ages 5-8 who reside in Fayette County.
    The winners in the pageant, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, will ride in the bicentennial parade at 2 p.m.
    The non-refundable entry fee is $20, and all contestants will receive a gift bag. Limited spots in the pageant are available.
    Red, white and blue apparel for the contestants is recommended.

  • Calendar

    Friday, June 7

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

    Friday, June 7

    ✔ Bingo at the American Legion Home in Vandalia at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia

    Saturday, June 8