Today's News

  • Abe, the Performer
  • City to begin enforcing lake lot rules

    Acknowledging that regulations for lease lots at Vandalia Lake have not always been strictly enforced, city officials say that they are ready to do so.
    Part of that plan is to next month approve a list of non-conforming structures at the lake, which will be grandfathered in as stricter enforcement begins.

  • Co-interim administrators at FCHD

    Two individuals are serving as co-interim administrators of the Fayette County Health Department while the County Board of Health works to fill the position on a permanent basis.
    Heather Jackson, the coordinator of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, and Dee Sanders, a WIC nurse who is the retired coordinator of that program, have been appointed by the board of health to jointly perform administrator duties.
    That action was taken following the resignation of Rhonda Andrews from the position.

  • Committees meeting on city's economic developer position

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet this Thursday as part of the process of hiring an economic development director.
    Mayor Rick Gottman set the noon meeting of the personnel and economic development committees during the brief city council meeting on Monday.
    At that meeting, Gottman said that the city officials “will discuss an individual for economic development director.”
    The economic development director position has been vacant since Brian Stout resigned in May of last year.

  • Vandalia School District hooking up with professional development group

    The Vandalia Board of Education agreed on Monday to hook up with a coalition that can provide district staff with additional, ongoing professional opportunities.
    The Illinois Association of Supervision, Curriculum and Development is part of the national ASCD that offers “leadership institutes, workshops, and programs that focus on the quality of teaching and learning.”
    Representatives of the IASCD told board members that the association offers publications such as research journals and email educational briefs.

  • Good food, crafts & games at '18 Grande Levée
  • Community Summer Band performance is this Friday

    The performance of the inaugural Vandalia Community Summer Band is 6 p.m. this Friday on the lawn of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Amanda Moloney, director of bands for the Vandalia School District, is being assisted with the summer band by Elizabeth Mesnard, a stepdaughter of Vandalia Elementary School Principal Stacy Mesnard.
    Moloney said on Tuesday that 35 musicians are in the band, which includes current students, alumni and parents, as well as several musicians from neighboring communities.

  • Swimming lesson deadline is Saturday

    Lisa Robbins, manager of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, announced this week that this Saturday is the last day to sign up for swimming lessons this summer at the pool.


  • Calendar

    Friday, June 22

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will be holding a road block at Veterans Avenue from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday to accept donations for a mission trip to the Phillipines.
    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding a shrimp boil from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or until they run out of shrimp. The cost is $10 per plate. The public is invited.

  • Canada man killed in sideswipe accident on I-70 last Wednesday

    Two days after a Canada man was killed in a sideswipe accident on Interstate 70 between Vandalia and Mulberry Grove, the driver who caused that accident was found in Ohio.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Peter F. Peters, 46, of Elmira, Ontario, Canada, had parked his tractor-trailer on I-70 near milepost 55.5 in Fayette County and was standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side, near the middle of the trailer, at 8:50 p.m. last Wednesday when his vehicle was sideswiped.