Today's News

  • News Briefs

    OUR PLACE to
    have food, accents
    Friday evening

    OUR PLACE Youth Center, located at 507 W. Gallatin St., will have free popcorn and hot chocolate available during Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia on Friday evening.
    The center will also be selling hair feather accents as a fundraiser.

    FCHD to train
    hospice volunteers

  • Honoroing our vets

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia hosted a Veterans Day program last Friday.

    Local veterans, including George Meseke (first photo), shared some of their military memories. The church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), who is a veteran, delivered a brief message during the program, which drew about 50 people.

  • Vandalia's burn ordinance

    9.12.060 Bonfires.

  • FREE CONTENT: What do other towns do with leaves?


    as of Nov. 2011

    Prepared by: LaTisha Paslay, City of Vandalia Executive Secretary



  • Marriage Licenses-Nov. 17, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Rickey Alan Murray
    Denise Michelle Gansauer
    Jeremy Ryan Lange
    Emily Danielle Barenfanger
    Aaron Christopher Jones
    Marcy Dawn Richards
    Richard Dean Eddy
    Kimberly Ann Lange
    Jonathan Tyler Denton

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 17, 2011

    • Matthew Rentfro, 31, Cowden, was arrested on Nov. 14 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $10,000.
    • Charles E. Chrisman, 38, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 14 on an alleged violation of an order of protection and violation of bail bond. No bond amount was listed.
    • Robert E. Matthews, 24, 330 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 14 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond amount was listed.

  • Ed Taylor Jr. takes over as chief of Vandalia Fire Department

    When Ed Taylor Jr. recently stepped into the shoes of the retiring chief, Merle Adermann, the “fit” was not exact, but as Taylor had been first assistant chief for several years, he had an idea of what the “walk” in those shoes would be like.

  • Well: Schools' financial rating 'shows progress'

    Though the Vandalia Community School District scored only a 1 out of a possible 4 points for its long-term debt status, its other financial indicators were strong enough to give it an overall rating of 3.60 on a scale of 4.0.
    That rating propelled the district into the “recognition” category, the highest level given by the Illinois State Board of Education, according to the district’s annual audit report, which was presented to the Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

  • City committee discusses leaf-burning issue

    Vandalia officials and a small group of residents discussed for an hour on Tuesday afternoon whether the city should continue to allow leaf burning, or whether it should offer alternatives to it.
    At the end of that hour, aldermen present for that meeting agreed that this will not be an easy decision to make, and not one to make before getting as much input as possible from local residents.

  • Senior Spotlight: Levi Ulmer

    There are just some arguments that a senior in high school won’t win.

    That’s a tough concept to handle for senior Levi Ulmer, a standout Vandalia football player and wrestler, because he hopes to be a lawyer some day.

    But even when that day comes, Ulmer still might not be able to defeat his most formidable foe.

    “Against my mom,” Ulmer said of the last argument he lost. “It was if she should get a Mini Cooper or a Challenger. She won, and got the Mini Cooper.”