Today's News

  • We Apologize

    It was stated in last week's Public Record that Travis E. Collier, 19, of rural Shobonier, was arrested for driving under the influence. The information was taken from the sheriff's office arrest log. Collier presented tickets showing that he was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs Oct. 20

    Route 51 group will meet Wednesday

    The U.S. Route 51 Vandalia Community Advisory Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.
    The meeting will include a discussion on the four Route 51 alternatives around Vandalia being discussed, and some challenges that the Illinois Department of Transportation sees with those alternatives.

    Methodist Men's fish fry is Nov. 3

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Susan M. Lesaulnier, 35, 403 W. Wall St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Oct. 19 on a Bond County warrant for a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Rito M. Robles, 69, Los Angeles, Calif., was arrested on Oct. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • William A. Sides, 31, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar Oct. 20

    Thursday, October 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning will hold a Keep Abreast/Spread the Love event to raise funds for a digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital. The event will include a cut-athon from 3-6 p.m. and a drawing at The Copper Penny at 7 p.m. Prizes include an iPad2, Botox, a day of beauty at the spa and a Glo Mineral and Therapeutic give-away.

  • Many pay tribute to fallen officer

    Evan D. Burns grew up in Vandalia. He was a member of the Vandalia Community High School football and basketball teams, and also wrestled before he graduated in 2001.

  • Fire destroys home Saturday

    A rural Vandalia home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, with the residents of the home escaping after being awakened by breaking glass.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of Monica Harre and Brian Brown at 8:09 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived at the Shafter Township residence, located northeast of the Shrine Club, at 8:25 a.m., and found the home fully involved in fire.

  • Well: AYP goals are not realistic

    Students in the Vandalia School District showed improvements in standardized test scores in math and science this year, but according to the state’s current yardstick, the district is failing.
    Superintendent Rich Well begs to differ.
    “The reality is that the goals they have set are a setup for failure,” Well said at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. “We improved our scores this year, but we didn’t meet the state’s standard – which goes up by 7.5 percent each year.”

  • Gallatin work about done

    The streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street is so far ahead of schedule that the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade can follow its long-standing route.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told city aldermen on Monday that the general contractor for the project, Mettler Development of Highland, has only some minor work left on the project for the time being.
    The contractor will be able to finish the project when the period street lights arrive at the beginning of December.

  • Speaker lists suicide warning signs

    As Dr. Elizabeth Ladin-Gross talked to area students and parents last week about suicide, she was speaking from experience.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Stinebring

    EFFINGHAM – By the time this season is finished, Brownstown senior Morgan Stinebring will have her name littered among the statistical leaders since coach Toby Harms took over the program in 1998.

    As the team’s primary setter, Stinebring, who has started since her freshman season, is already the school’s all-time leader in assists, with 687 through Monday, and is in the top five in several other categories.