Today's News

  • Shobonier man dies in ATV accident early on Saturday

    A Shobonier man died from injuries and a Vandalia woman sustained serious injuries in an all-terrain accident early Saturday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Billy Joe Tate Jr., 23, was driving a 2014 CanAm four-wheeler northeast on Fayette County Road 1150 North at the intersection with County Road 1225 N. when the vehicle overturned, pinning the driver and a passenger, Macye T. Sarchet, 19, to a tree.
    The accident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday, according to the ISP.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: These siblings, pictured in the early 1950s, all graduated from Vandalia Community High School, but all now live out of state. Their younger brother also graduated from VCHS and still lives in Vandalia; his youngest son graduated from VCHS this year.

  • Lincoln jumped, but not in Vandalia

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from the second floor of the Vandalia Statehouse in order to defeat a quorum. In fact, postcards were printed with “X” marking the spot from which he leaped.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – Beulah Brown of Vandalia was named the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement. The award recognized Brown’s outstanding contributions to caring for elderly people.
    Robert and Corrine Baggett of Vandalia took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.
    The student council at Vandalia Community High School spent a little more than $1,000 for outdoor steel furniture that was installed outside the VCHS gym.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kaleb W. McCormick, 24, 903 N. Main St., Fillmore, was arrested on June 19 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $22,500.
    • Caleb L. Dean. 27, 518 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 18 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Neil A. Flach, 28, Neoga, was arrested on June 18 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and illegal use of a cell phone/texting. Bond was $1,500.

  • Coroner's Report

    Fayette County Coroner David Hejl submitted the following report for May to the Fayette County Board:
    • May 7-13 – 1 coroner cases; 80 miles driven; 2 cremation permits; and permit revenue, $100.
    • May 14-20 – 2 coroner cases; 1 autopsy; 113 miles driven; 2 cremation permits; and permit revenue, $100.
    • May 21-27 – 1 coroner case; 1 autopsy; 44 miles driven; 1 cremation permit; and permit revenue, $50.
    • May 28-June 3 – No coroner cases or autopsies; 1 cremation permit; and permit revenue, $50.

  • Sheriff's Report

    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith submitted the following report for May to the Fayette County Board:
    Public safety
    • 927 incident reports.
    • 24,423 patrol miles.
    • Citations issued: 87. Revenue: traffic tickets, $6,518.59; and criminal DUIs, $9.913.90.
    • Process service – 55 civil process/summonses; and 82 warrants.
    • 145 new inmates/bookings.
    • 143 inmates released.
    • 169 pretrial inmates.
    • Average inmate pretrial confinement days-36.

  • Honor Rolls

    Fourth Quarter
    High Honors (GPA 3.75 or above)
    Freshmen: Amos Blomberg, Jessica Blomberg, Cameron Brandt, Alexa Byers, Ty Miller, Madisen Nannini.
    Sophomores: Mallory-Jean Beck, Miroslava Bezdenezhnykh, Kyle Hall, Bella Ng, Erin Schroeder.
    Juniors: Luke Barton, Miriam Blomberg, Madison Durbin, Deidre Hall, Logan Lotz, Lauren Lutz, Daniel Roberts.

  • KICK classes in July at KC Vandalia Campus

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College has announced the schedule for KICK classes in July at the Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 West Fillmore St. in Vandalia.
    • Beading & Bling – Students will learn to use beads and bling to make jewelry. Students will make bracelets, necklaces and other items to give as gifts or to keep as they create a lasting keepsake. This is a great class for friends to take together. This class will be on Monday, July 9, from 1-3 p.m., and is for students in grades K-8.