Today's News

  • Jacket offers unexpected history lesson

    There are many places I can visit if I am in search of history – a historic site, library, antique store or museum. Each of these places pretty much guarantees a look at the past through interpretive displays, a guided tour or use of research materials.

  • Citizens can help stop vandalism

    After several sessions with some specialized solvents, Jean Stombaugh has successfully removed the last traces of black spray paint from the vandalized Looking For Lincoln storyboard in Rogier Park.
    With that project behind her, she resumed her daily routine of checking on Lincoln Park in downtown Vandalia, only to find that someone had pulled up several young plants and left them to die in the sweltering heat.
    And not long ago, someone apparently found great delight in kicking out the spindles in the Lincoln Park gazebo.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 27

    ✔ 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 Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. at Real Living Vandalia Real Estate. All employees of chamber members are invited to attend.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, June 29

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Will Gideon Bolyard
    Amanda Jane Willmore
    Daniel Ernest Forbes
    Darlene Faye Knolhoff
    Mitchell Todd Johnson
    Sarah Jo Meyer

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kararyna L. Scrimpsher, 19, 203 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 25 on charges of criminal damage to property and criminal damage to land. Bond was $1,000.
    • Brandon W. Hicks, 38, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on June 24 on charges of domestic battery and unlawful restraint. No bond information was listed.
    • Ashley E. Daley, 29, 1303 S. Willow St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 24 on a charge of theft up to $500, and on misdemeanor warrants from Moultrie and Effingham counties. Bond totaled $21,000.

  • Vandalia Police

    June 25
    • At 11:14 a.m., officers responded to a report of a break-in at a unit at Storage Land on Veterans Avenue.
    • At 1:09 p.m., officers responded to a report of a break-in at the Jefferson Street laundrymat.
    June 23
    • At 7:53 a.m., an officer handled a complaint of disorderly conduct in the 1500 block of Shelley Drive.
    • At 9:52 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of South Moreland Street for a report of a domestic problem.

  • Former MG man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

    A Bond County man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on June 17.
    A U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, said that  Daniel Allen Neer, 38, formerly of Mulberry Grove, was ordered to serve the statutory maximum 10-year sentence consecutively to an undischarged six-year sentence he is serving based upon his 2012 conviction in Bond County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

  • Five Girl Scouts earn Silver Awards

    The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn.
    It represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and in her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

  • Fire department looking to replace ladder truck

    A Vandalia City Council committee will recommend next week that the city’s volunteer fire department be allowed to begin looking into the replacement of one of its major trucks.
    Two members of the council’s public safety committee – chairman Jerry Swarm and Russ Stunkel – and Mayor Rick Gottman met with the three Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department chiefs on the issue of the department’s aerial apparatus.

  • City files papers to stop lake restaurant

    One day after the city council voted to affirm its decision to take a proposed Vandalia Lake restaurant to court, the city filed the papers to make that decision official.
    The city’s legal counsel, Burnside, Johnson and Sheafor, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday a complaint for declaratory judgment.
    Named in the complaint are Steve and Latisha Mabry, who are planning to open a steakhouse, Lake House, on Vandalia Lake.