Today's News

  • South Central girls start out 8-0

    South Central 8, Sandoval 6
    The South Central Junior High girls softball team had their first test of the season but kept their unbeaten streak going with a home win on Tuesday.
    Taegan Webster allowed just two hits and struck out 12, but walked eight in picking up the win. Just two of the Sandoval runs were earned, as South Central committed three errors in the contest.
    South Central now stands at 8-0 on the season, traveling to Patoka on Thursday afternoon.

  • Lady Vandals open Thursday

    When it opens the season with a road contest against St. Elmo/Brownstown, the Lady Vandals volleyball squad will have a new coach at the helm.

  • Vandals prepare for opener

    The Vandalia Vandals football squad lost some key people to graduation, including all-stater Marcus Zimmerman, Garett McNary, Ethan Bayles and Chandler Boyd.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John E. Kleinik, 53, 640 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 21 on a charge of residential burglary. No bond information was listed.
    • Elijah T. Keppler, 24, 317 S. Thompson St., Ramsey, was arrested on Aug. 21 for failure to appear in court and contempt of court. Bond was $2,500.
    • A 17-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on Aug. 20 on a charge of harassment by electronic communication. No bond information was listed.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Michel Scott Morrison
    Beecher City
    Jennifer Anne Cox
    Beecher City
    Daton Schaefer Scott
    Jennifer Elizabeth Schackmann
    Justin Lane Miller
    St. Elmo
    Natasha Raeann Warner
    St. Elmo
    Raymond Dale Hingson
    Sarah Elizabeth Holliday

  • Street oilings are next week

    Vandalia’s public works employees will be oiling city streets, and Mayor Rick Gottman is asking residents to comply with traffic control measures as they do so.

  • We Apologize

    In the caption with the photo of the new Fayette County Democrat Headquarters, Donna Thull was incorrectly listed as a candidate for circuit clerk. She is a candidate for county clerk and recorder.
    We apologize for the error.

  • J.B. Pritzker in Vandalia this Thursday

    J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, will be at the Fayette County Democrat Headquarters, located at 523 W. Orchard St. in Vandalia, from noon-1 p.m. this Thursday. His visit is open to the public.


  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 23

    ✔ J.B. Pritzker, Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, will be at the Fayette County Democrat Headquarters,  523 W. Orchard St, Vandalia, from noon-1 p.m.

    Friday, August 24

    ✔ St. Peter Prairie Days gets under way with a dinner with fish, and chicken and ribeye sandwiches at 5 p.m.; Bash at Prairie Days softball tournament at 5 p.m.; coed sand volleyball tournament at 6 p.m.; and music by Matt Poss at 8 p.m.

  • Illinois Turns 200

    Illinois Humanities welcomes residents of Vandalia and surrounding communities to join them for a free live taping of Illinois Turns 200, a bicentennial podcast series, this Sunday, from 3-5:30 p.m., at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Illinois Turns 200 looks at the past, present and potential futures of seven Illinois communities that arose along rivers, railroads and significant roads, and tells their stories through live interviews, dramatic readings, archival material and musical performances.