Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – The Vandalia City Council approved a pay hike of 3 percent for those city employees who are not covered by unions. Those union employees, in the public works and police departments, received the same pay hikes through union contracts. Those given pay increases by the council include workers in the city clerk’s office.
    The list of candidates for chief of police in Vandalia was narrowed from 32 to seven by city officials.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four brothers and a sister were pictured about 55 years ago.

  • Positively better on Fourth Street

    With only a few details remaining to be completed, Vandalia residents now can see what the streetscape project will do to improve the appearance of the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street.
    And it’s significant.
    The new sidewalks are a huge improvement (for cosmetics appearance as well as pedestrian safety), the period lighting ties those blocks into the improvements made on Gallatin Street and the asphalt overlay gives the street a like-new appearance.

  • Jeremiah, Mary Evans were early settlers

    Jeremiah and Mary "Polly" Larimer Evans of Washington County, Va., were among the first group of settlers, mostly kin, to come to what is now Bear Grove Township in Fayette County before 1820. This was then Bond County.

  • New VPD officer
  • 20 Years with VPD
  • County OKs new EMA agreement

    The Fayette County Board voted last week to continue its agreement with the Fayette County Health Department for the county’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator.
    This is the second year for that partnership, through which Kendra Craig serves as the EMA coordinator while continuing to work for the health department.
    The agreement calls for the FCHD to obtain grant funding for the coordinator’s salary, and the county to reimburse the health department quarterly for one-fourth of the EMA grant.
    Also at last Tuesday’s meeting:

  • Well assesses future school funding

    Just before its last regular meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday held a special meeting to approve an amended 2012-13 budget.
    Such amendments, which are permitted under the Illinois School Code, allow districts to plug in unanticipated income or expenditures to produce a more accurate budget.
    “Only a few line items were changed,” district Business Manager Lori Meseke told the board. “Revenues have come in as projected, but there will be a couple lines on the expense side that will change.”

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Nathaniel Gene Sarginson
    St. Elmo
    Amanda Marie Wilson
    St. Elmo
    Travis Eugene Blain
    Michelle Lee Vaughn
    Michael William Hart
    Holly Ann Carter

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kent A. Cripe, 22, 2103 Dana Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on June 18 on a charge of theft up to $500. No bond information was listed.
    • Adam C. Warner, 30, 28 Oak Grove, Brownstown, was arrested on June 18 on Fayette County traffic and small claims warrants, on a Bond County small claims warrant and on a charge of driving with expired registration. Bond was $1,050.