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Today's News

  • Christmas downtown in 1904

    In mid-December 1904, editor Lakin of The Vandalia Union took time to walk up and down the principal streets of Vandalia’s downtown, admiring the display windows all decked out for the Christmas season.

  • Collecting Household Waste
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    Thursday, October 11

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding a flu clinic from 10 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Community Center in Farina and one from 1-3 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

    Friday, October 12

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 11

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding a flu clinic from 10 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Community Center in Farina and one from 1-3 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

    Friday, October 12

  • Monument Ceremony Thursday
  • County getting Lincoln portrait

    A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Fayette County Courthouse on this Friday.
    The unveiling ceremony in the large courtroom will take place at 11 a.m., and the event is open to the public.
    The Lincoln photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. 
    Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

  • Off to a good start

    Due to an incredible amount of support from the community, a program operating under the Vandalia ONE initiative is serving four times more students than was the initial goal.
    During a meeting of the Vandalia ONE stakeholders last week at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, representatives of programs under Vandalia ONE gave progress reports.
    Stakeholders heard about progress made with the Nourishing Greatness, BOOM and Work Force Development programs.

  • Light Duty
  • A little surplus

    Fayette County Board members were presented on Tuesday a budget for the new fiscal year that was drafted by the board’s finance committee and the county’s consultant.
    And while the committee involved in the formulation of that budget included just a few board members, all board members will now be involved in the county’s financial matters.
    The tentative budget presented Cathryn Hart of Bellwether shows a slightly positive balance in the general fund.

  • We Apologize

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman has asked for clarification of points he made during last week’s city council meeting in regards to the auto accident in which he was involved.
    Gottman said that an officer who drove by the accident scene did not specifically not cite the need for an accident report, only that he asked whether the parties needed assistance.
    The mayor also said that he did not specifically say the damage was less than $1,500, only that it was minor damage, and that he was not serving patrons at Wine & Ale with Abe, but taking tickets.