Today's News

  • Second liquor license vote a tie

    A tie vote meant that for the second time in three months, the Fayette County Board declined to grant a liquor license to a couple planning to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    After a lengthy discussion on Tuesday evening, the board voted 7-7 on the license application filed by Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry.

  • News Briefs

    Bonnie Hill benefit is Saturday

    A benefit for Bonnie Hill , who is battling breast cancer, will be held from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. It will include food, a 50/50 drawing, raffle, music and an auction. For more information, call 918-9988.

    VCHS class of '93 planning reunion

    The Vandalia Community High School class of 1993 is holding its 20-year reunion on Saturday, June 29, at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 13

    ✔ 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 meets at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, June 14

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Alberto V. Vela Jr., 36, 1028 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, turned himself in on June 11 for failure to appear in court on a charge of deceptive practices. Bond was $2,500.
    • Robert M. Tater, 53, San Diego, Calif., was arrested on June 10 for failure to appear in court in Putnam County on a charge of driving while disqualified. Bond was $1,000.
    • Christine E. Carter, 24, 1429 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 10 on a Bond County warrant for a charge of deceptive practices. Bond was $5,000.

  • Police warn of scams

    The Vandalia Police Department is reminding residents of Vandalia and surrounding areas of scams currently being conducted.
    According to the VPD, local residents have been receiving letters stating that they had won large amounts of money, and that victims then receive fictitious checks in the mail.
    According to police, residents are directed to cash the check and mail the money back in, and are told that they will then receive their prize money or a new vehicle.

  • Coroner releases information on two deaths

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported two deaths in Fayette County late last week.
    Bowen said that late Thursday evening, Tommy Collier, 60, of Odin, was found dead in a corn crib near Shobonier.
    The coroner said that Collier was on a farm grinding corn for cattle at the time of his death.
    He said that Collier’s wife contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office after being unable to locate her husband. A sheriff’s deputy found Collier in the corn crib.
    Bowen pronounced Collier dead at the scene at 12:27 a.m. on Friday.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Dale Thomas Daugherty
    Courtney Anne Young
    Leland Joseph McNutt
    Amanda Joyce Goodman
    Michael Wayne Miller
    Lexis Danielle Perkins
    Gregory Bennett Hunnicutt
    Kathie Anne Franklin
    Mitchell Lyle Buzzard
    St. Elmo

  • Second shootout begins on Thursday

    Starting on Thursday, three area teams will be in action at the second Vandal Shootout of the summer.

    Vandalia, St. Elmo/Brownstown and Patoka will all be playing at the various gyms in the Vandalia district on Thursday and Friday, and Vandalia’s JV team will join the  action on Friday.

    Schedules for each of the local teams follow.

  • Lucken set for All-Star Game

    Two college-bound football players from the 2013 graduating class of Vandalia Community High School have been invited to play in one last high school game on Saturday.

    Ryan Ambuehl and Jeff Lucken have been selected to play in the 25th annual West-Central Illinois All-Star football game at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.

    The game – which features 91 players from 34 schools – will be this Saturday at 5 p.m., with the gates to open an hour before the game.

  • Lady Vandals hosting shootout next Tuesday

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will be hosting its only summer shootout next Tuesday.

    Participating teams in the 12-game shootout are Vandalia, Mt. Olive, Olney, Shelbyville, two teams from Central A&M and two teams from Newton.

    The Lady Vandals will play at 12:15 p.m. in the elementary school gym, facing Central A&M’s No. 2 team.