Today's News

  • Vandalia School Board handles personnel matters

    With the start of a new school year just a week away, the Vandalia Board of Education met in special session on Tuesday to finalize personnel matters.
    After meeting in closed session for more than 90 minutes, the board accepted the resignations of Jenna Rich, high school special education teacher, and Amber Connor, high school science teacher and volleyball coach.
    The board also approved the following hirings:
    • Dianna L. Laurent, Vandalia Elementary School pre-K teacher, a new position.
    • Brooke Welch, VES music teacher for grades K-5.

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  • Two given prison sentences

    Two individuals were sentenced to prison for methamphetamine offenses last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Melissa White, 47, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor.
    Bryan Henna, 34, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty to violating his probation on the original charge of methamphetamine and was sentenced by Sheafor to 36 months in prison.

  • Three injured in Tuesday accident

    Three individuals were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Fayette County on Tuesday afternoon.
    The Illinois State Police said that a 1988 Dodge Dakota driven by Joshua M. Lawrence, 32, of St. Elmo, was eastbound on County Road 2000 North and failed to yield at the intersection with County Road 1600 East, striking a the front passenger side of a southbound 2004 Toyota driven by Robert C. Stonecipher, 66, of Brownstown.
    The Lawrence truck came to rest on the roadway just south of the intersection, with a passenger, Edward E. Willis, 53, of St. Elmo, being ejected.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications have been filed with the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Kelly Duane Scott Washburn
    Katlyn Jo Will

    Jacob Henry Brown
    Marissa Michelle Blume
    Michael Charles Fitch
    Alexandra Janelle Hunke

    Ryan Matthews Myers
    Heather Nadine Beccue

    Corey Michael Franzen

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Devin E. Johnson, 21, 612 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Scotty G. Austin, 43, 2010 Meridian Road, Patoka, was arrested on Aug. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,000.
    • John E. McMillian, 30, Bethalto, was arrested on Aug. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,100.
    • Darrian J. Foster, 29, Herrick, was arrested on Aug. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 9

    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the large conference room at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

    Friday, August 10

    ✔ Tools for School, a program that provides free basic school supplies to Fayette County in-need students from pre-K through college, will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, at the north door. All students must accompany their parents to select supplies. For more information, call 283-0937.

  • Alderman offers thoughts on pact for recycling

    Giving a report on the recent meeting on recycling, the chairman of Vandalia’s cemetery and landfill committee gave a suggestion on what should happen when the contract comes up for renewal next year.

  • Vandalia's historic sites on display for state's Doors Open Illinois

    Vandalia will join other Illinois community in opening the doors to their historic sites this weekend.

  • Safety an issue for city workers

    The safety of Vandalia’s public works employees while working on street projects continues to be an issue, and possible ways to ensure their safety continues to be discussed.
    During a meeting of the city council’s streets committee, Public Works Director Marlin Filer told committee members that his department follows all state requirements – including signage, flashing lights and traffic cones – while performing street work.
    “People run right through the Road Closed sign,” Filer said. “It’s pretty dangerous.".