Today's News

  • School Menus

    Monday, Sept. 26 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Breakfast pizza.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Sept. 29 – Sausage, egg and cheese burrito.   
    Friday, Sept. 30 – Breakfast to go.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, Sept. 26 – Mini-corn dogs, golden corn, pineapple chunks and milk.    

  • Two VCHS Grads Perform with EIU Band

    The Eastern Illinois University Marching Panthers came to Vandalia Community High School on Friday evening to perform both prior to the varsity football game and at halftime.

  • FCHD program helps youth deal with grief

    It sounds rather like an oxymoron, but “grief” is something in life that everyone eventually experiences, and adding the word “good” can describe a healthy, healing realization and acceptance of the loss of a loved one.

  • Adermann steps down as VVFD chief

    The man with the second-longest tenure as chief in the 122-year history of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department has stepped down from that post.

  • More Gallatin Street work under way

    The project that will make the 700 block of Gallatin Street look much like the three other blocks of Gallatin downtown is well under way.

  • 2 festivals in 1

    For the first time in its 42-year run, the Grande Levée is not being held in the dead heat of summer.
    The period celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse, which has previously been held on Father’s Day weekend in June, will now be held this weekend.
    And, along with the period crafts, music and food that will be provided during that celebration, the Vandalia Tourism Committee is offering the town’s Corn Day Festival.

  • Deficit school budget approved

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a deficit budget for the current year that shows estimated revenues of $13,712,409 and estimated expenditures of $14,837,305.
    That $1,124,896 shortfall will be covered by the district’s operating fund balance (which currently stands at $4,097,390).
    Superintendent Rich Well said that the deficit resulted from a combination of factors – a decrease of nearly $1 million in federal and state funds, and an increase in the cost of supplies and services needed by the district.

  • Local man acquitted of felonies

    A Vandalia man was acquitted of two felony charges and convicted of a misdemeanor offense in a jury trial recently in Fayette County.
    Christopher Glass, 28, 1304 W. Randolph St., was found not guilty of aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony, and domestic battery, a Class 3 felony, in a jury trial at the end of August.
    Glass was found guilty of battery, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail.
    Glass was represented at trial by Troy G. Payne and Debora Niebrugge Reimers.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that Fayette County employees pay $400 a month for health insurance coverage. The county pays employee premiums and part of the difference for deductibles, according to County Clerk Terri Braun.
    Board member Glenn Gurtner was quoted as saying the health insurance was "a luxury." He said he was referring to dental and vision coverage.
    We apologize for errors.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    David Jeremy Rochkes
    Doni Lynn Baker
    Matthew Warren Heiser
    Priscella Marie Carrell
    St. Elmo
    Caleb Jacob Miller
    Lisa Michelle Berger
    Benjamin Dale Timmermann
    Kathleen Kim Doll

    Timothy Joseph Clark