Today's News

  • School district lowers tax levy

    When the Vandalia School Board voted to put on the April 2019 ballot a sales tax increase vote, school district officials said that if the measure passed, the district would lower property taxes.
    In fact, they said that to show they were serious about that, they would approve a lower levy even before the April vote.
    Last week, they did just that.
    The board approved a tax levy with an aggregate total of $4,473,757, which is $87,292 lower than the previous levy of $4,561,050.

  • Judge wants Beccue murder trial to go in January

    A jury trial for a St. Peter man charged with two counts of first-degree murder is scheduled to begin in Jan. 14, and the presiding judge told prosecutors and Alexander Beccue’s attorney he would like to see the trial held at that time.
    During a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor told Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis and Ed Deters, Beccue’s attorney, “I would really like it to go in January.”

  • CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. honors Geiger

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased their 53rd year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.
    During the 2018 annual meeting, recognition was given to individuals who had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
    C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur said, “This past year our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”

  • Christmas Gala, Christmas Open House coming up at Vandalia Statehouse

    The annual Christmas Gala and Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse have been set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 8.
    The Christmas Gala, sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society, is from 6-8:30 p.m. next Friday.
    The event includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks and live music. Cocktail attire is suggested.
    Tickets are $50 each, which includes this year’s edition of the Statehouse’s commemorative Christmas ornament.
    Advance tickets are available on a limited basis by emailing vandaliahistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

  • ISP running NITE patrols

    Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt said that the state police is conducting Nighttime Enforcement patrols in Fayette and Marion counties this month.
    NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Effingham man dies in accident

    An Effingham man who is a former resident of Ramsey died last Thursday from injuries sustained when a tree he was cutting down fell on him.
    Kristopher Hetzer, 39, was pronounced dead at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday by Fayette County Coroner Dave Harris.
    Harris said that the accident occurred east of Ramsey.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications have been filed with the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Mark Freemon Keith
    St. Elmo
    Cindy Renee Brown
    St. Elmo
    Robert James Miller
    Emily Danielle Imig
    Johnathan Austin York-Feezel
    Cierra Cheyanne Walker
    Thomas Joseph Campbell
    Kathryn Elizabeth Shields
    Merle Orion Lawrie

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry M. Sasse, 62, 321 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 18 on charges of driving while his license is suspended, no valid registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert T. Davis, 20, Altamont, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of home invasion. Bond was $25,000.
    • Rhett M. Ward, 23, Cowden, was arrested on Nov. 18 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $10,000.
    • Kayla M. Bissell, 28, Mt. Vernon, was arrested on Nov. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, November 21

    ✔ A Christian Community Coffee Clatch is held from 9-10:30 a.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. It is open to all adults, with free coffee and pastries.
    ✔ Area schools will dismiss early for school improvement and will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, November 22


  • Grooming, child pornography case now is bench trial

    A jury trial for a Missouri man charged with possession of child pornography and traveling to meet a minor has been delayed because the defendant has changed his mind on who will determine his fate.