Today's News

  • 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

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stacie J. Willis, 42, 633 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of forgery and theft less than $500. She was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • Veronica S. Taylor, 36, Effingham, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Eric M. Sidwell, 20, 211 S. College St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 19 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 23

    ✔ The 42nd annual Grande Levée gets under way on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds. Schedule information appears on pages 1 and 16.

  • White offers reminders about child safety seats

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.
    White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week.