Today's News

  • Christmas Gala, Christmas Open House coming up at Vandalia Statehouse

    The annual Christmas Gala and Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse have been set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 8.
    The Christmas Gala, sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society, is from 6-8:30 p.m. next Friday.
    The event includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks and live music. Cocktail attire is suggested.
    Tickets are $50 each, which includes this year’s edition of the Statehouse’s commemorative Christmas ornament.
    Advance tickets are available on a limited basis by emailing vandaliahistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

  • ISP running NITE patrols

    Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt said that the state police is conducting Nighttime Enforcement patrols in Fayette and Marion counties this month.
    NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Effingham man dies in accident

    An Effingham man who is a former resident of Ramsey died last Thursday from injuries sustained when a tree he was cutting down fell on him.
    Kristopher Hetzer, 39, was pronounced dead at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday by Fayette County Coroner Dave Harris.
    Harris said that the accident occurred east of Ramsey.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications have been filed with the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Mark Freemon Keith
    St. Elmo
    Cindy Renee Brown
    St. Elmo
    Robert James Miller
    Emily Danielle Imig
    Johnathan Austin York-Feezel
    Cierra Cheyanne Walker
    Thomas Joseph Campbell
    Kathryn Elizabeth Shields
    Merle Orion Lawrie

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry M. Sasse, 62, 321 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 18 on charges of driving while his license is suspended, no valid registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert T. Davis, 20, Altamont, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of home invasion. Bond was $25,000.
    • Rhett M. Ward, 23, Cowden, was arrested on Nov. 18 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $10,000.
    • Kayla M. Bissell, 28, Mt. Vernon, was arrested on Nov. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, November 21

    ✔ A Christian Community Coffee Clatch is held from 9-10:30 a.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. It is open to all adults, with free coffee and pastries.
    ✔ Area schools will dismiss early for school improvement and will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, November 22


  • Grooming, child pornography case now is bench trial

    A jury trial for a Missouri man charged with possession of child pornography and traveling to meet a minor has been delayed because the defendant has changed his mind on who will determine his fate.

  • Small Business Saturday

    A free breakfast will kick off Small Business Saturday in Vandalia this weekend.

  • Plea nets 12 years for drug offense

    A Nevada man accepted a prison sentence of 12 years last Wednesday  upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.
    Judge Kim Koester accepted the plea agreement for Emigdio Penuelas-Medina, who pleaded guilty to possession of more than 200 grams of a substance containing fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.

  • Water discussions continue

    Now that Vandalia residents have voted down a proposed sales tax increase that would have helped fund a new water plant, the question is, how will the city come up with those funds.
    When Alderman Joel Rebbe posed that question at Monday’s city council meeting, Alderman Dorothy Crawford said, “Water bill and property taxes.
    “We don’t have a choice anymore,” Crawford said.
    Rebbe asked that question during a lengthy discussion on the amount of water processed by the city and the amount billed.