Today's News

  • Vandal Olympics
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • City council OKs $3,000 to support new CEO program for HS students

    Vandalia officials said on Monday night that they will support an entrepreneurial program that will provide “real-life learning” for some high school students.
    And to show its support, the city council voted unanimously to give the Fayette County CEO program $1,000 a year for the next three years.
    The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program, in its infancy stage in Fayette County, was explained to city officials by Pat Click, Sandy Michel-Stempinski, Todd Stapleton and Sally Emerick.

  • 25 years for sex crimes

    A Vandalia man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on predatory criminal sexual assault charges.

  • 'Sanctuary' county

    Following the lead of a neighboring county, Fayette County is now a “sanctuary” for gun owners.
    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution stating its opposition to bills before state legislators that would limit the rights of gun owners as stated in the U.S. Constitution.
    None of the board members spoke before voting on the measure, but someone in the audience did.
    “For too long, Chicago has been making gun laws that affect Southern Illinois,” Mike Black said.

  • 'Sanctuary' resolution approved by county board

    RESOLUTION 2018-05-08-A
    Resolution opposing the passage of HB1465, HB1467, HB1468, HB1469, SB1657, any trailer bill, or any bill similar too, or any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the Individual right of U.S. Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
    WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed and under the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and;

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    The following arrests were taken from the arrest log at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the amount of bail required for release is 10 percent of the bond amount listed.
    Individuals who are arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 10

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.

    Friday, May 11

    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon at Farmers Insurance, 2425 Veterans Ave.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.