Today's News

  • Aid sought for Lincoln School

    Last year, the Vandalia Park District Board asked the Corbell-Denny Memorial Foundation to allow the Cub Scout Pack and other Scout groups, as needed, to transfer their meetings and activities to Lincoln School.
    Due to questions about the safety and building structural soundness of Evans Scout House – the result of log deterioration and termite damage for several years – the park district wanted to eliminate any potential problems for the Scouts by finding them a safer home, while a final decision on the future of the Scout House is being made.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 22

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, December 23

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Elementary School. All individuals presenting themselves as donors will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt.

  • Vandalia Police Dec. 22, 2011

    Dec. 8
    • Jeff Burnam, 402 W. Jackson St., reported at 8:01 p.m. that his vehicle had been egged. No damage was reported.
    • An officer took a complaint at 3:43 p.m. of a mailbox being damaged at 220 N. Adams St.
    • Officers were called to an apartment in the 1500 block of North Eighth Street for a report of a domestic dispute and possible child abuse. The Department of Children & Family Services was notified of the complaint.
    • Two warning tickets were issued, one for speeding and one for improper display of a license plate.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Dec. 22, 2011

    • Stacey L. Armstrong, 43, Effingham, was arrested on Dec. 19 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. Bond was $5,000.
    • James W. Berner, 31, 214 N. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Donald W. Britton, 50, Springfield, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • Stombaugh family donating cemetery sign

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to accept a memorial for a former fire chief that will also serve as a permanent sign for Vandalia’s two main cemeteries.

  • New school levy with 4.76-percent increase approved Tuesday

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a tax levy request of $3,985,340 at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Those funds were estimated using a tax levy rate of $5.18 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is down slightly from last year’s rate of $5.26.
    The requested tax funds reflect an aggregate levy increase of 4.76 percent. The taxable Equalized Assessed Valuation in the district is anticipated to rise by 4.98 percent – from $99,277,014 in 2010 to $104,224,962 in 2011.

  • Rogers couple gets service dog for young girl

    Sophia is a disabled little 5-year-old girl who has spinal muscular atrophy and has asked for a service dog through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Still Caring, Still Sharing

    For 3½ decades, Fayette County residents of all ages have pulled together to provide a Merry Christmas for their less-fortunate neighbors.

  • School traffic flow at issue

    A month after the city council approved an ordinance change designed to improve traffic flow around Vandalia schools in the area of Eighth and Fletcher streets, a city resident is saying that that plan isn’t working.
    “It does not fix the problem,” Dorothy Crawford told the council on Monday night. “It actually makes it worse.”
    The ordinance amendment approved by the council on Nov. 21 called for two changes on Fletcher Street:
    -No westbound or eastbound driver can turn left onto Eighth Street.

  • Plea in Brownstown Schools theft case

    A Brownstown man has pleaded guilty to stealing from one tax entity and is continuing to work on settling the case involving theft from another entity.
    Rodney L. Deal, 55, pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a count of theft that alleged that he took copper valued at more than $300 from the Brownstown School District in June of last year.
    The plea agreement for the Class 3 felony includes a sentence of 120 days in the county jail, with work release privileges and no day-for-day good time credit.
    Deal was also placed on probation for 30 months.