Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 12

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ The monthly meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will be held at the Legion Home. The meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Caitlin R. Buretta, 21, Peoria, was arrested on Sept. 10 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Keffery L. Cothern, 26, Pana, was arrested on Sept. 9 on a warrant for revocation of bond in an aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol case. Bond was $15,000.
    • Katrina K. Crockett, 42, 2103 Dana Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 9 on charges of forgery, attempted forgery and unlawful display of a registration sticker. Bond was $6,000.

  • Nadine Returns

    Nadine of Larry's Country Diner on RFD TV (first photo) returned to Fayette County on Saturday, making her third appearance at a fundraiser for the Brownstown Branch Library.

    This time, Nadine brought with her country music stars Joey and Rory (second photo). In the third photo, some of the 400-plus people at the afternoon show applaud the performance of the husband-and-wife duo. In the fourth photo , Connie Bingaman enjoys the humor of Nadine; Connie and her husband, Fred, have arranged for the RFD stars to come to town the past few years.

  • City taking bids for sidewalk work

    The city of Vandalia is ready to take on what it hopes is only the first round of sidewalk replacements.
    The city council agreed last week to seek bids for the replacement of sidewalks at nine locations in town:
    • The area of 627 W. Jefferson St., on Jefferson and North Seventh streets.
    • 1028 N. Sixth St.
    • 500 block of North Fifth St., east side.
    • Between 331 and 403 N. Eighth St., west side.
    • 1415 W. St. Louis Ave.
    • 802 N. Sixth St.
    • 506 S. Sixth St.

  • Fundraiser Facepainting

    Jensen Hollinshead, right, has her face painted by Julianna Berg at the barbecue fundraiser held for Fayette County Extension on Saturday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Joneses enjoy working with young people

     Matt and Misty Jones are excited about an upcoming youth event at the Family Worship Center. They have been at the Family Worship Center for four years, serving as youth pastors for past 2 1/2 years.
    Meet Matt and Misty Jones, a very nice young couple dedicated in their calling to work with youth.

  • Schaal announces candidacy for county clerk

    A Farina woman has decided to run for Fayette County clerk and recorder, meaning that there will be a contest for that post in 2014.
    Barb Schaal, a Republican, announced on Monday evening that she will run for the post now held by Democrat Terri Braun, who will retire next year.

  • Benefits options studied

    The Fayette County Board renewed dental and vision coverage for its employees, but that renewal may be for only one month.
    As the board voted on that issue, Wade Wilhour, chairman of the board’s insurance and personnel committee, said he would be presenting to the board next month a proposal related to that coverage.
    Wilhour said that of the county’s 88 employees, 59 – including seven elected officials – are not represented by a union.

  • County OKs Mabry license, 7-6

    By the narrowest of margins, in its third vote on the issue, the Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a liquor license for a new restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    The board voted 7-6 on the request from Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry, who opened The Lake House last month.
    The vote came two weeks before the future of the restaurant is determined in court.
    On Thursday, Sept. 24, a judge will decide whether the city has the authority to enforce a 1988 agreement that subjected the Mabrys property to residential zoning.

  • Vandalia gets a tie vs. CORL for 3rd year

    For the third straight season, Vandalia and Christ Our Rock Lutheran have played to a 2-2 draw.

    Senior Colin Ledbtter and junior Dalton Waschle each scored goals for Vandalia, which has put in 15 so far this season.

    Ledbetter had an assist.

    Junior Blake Torbeck had 10 saves for the Vandals (1-3-1).

    Vandalia travels to Litchfield on Monday.


    VANDALIA – On Monday, the Vandals picked up some goals, but couldn't get past Centralia in a 9-3 loss.