Today's News

  • Ten split top prize at YMCA Grand Raffle

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held its annual Grand Raffle on Saturday evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

    On Saturday, April 27, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids throughout Fayette County to get moving and learning, and families to live healthier.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andrew T. Livingston, 23, 1920 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 25 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. Bond was $15,000.
    • William L. Blackwell, 48, 1729 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 24 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Brian L. Nesbit, 45, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 24 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Weathering the Storm

    Humans weren't the only ones impacted by Sunday's unusual snowstorm.

    Wildlife also had to endure the 10-12 inches of heavy, wet snow that fell in the Fayette County area. Shown above is a male cardinal. In the picture below, a pair of mourning doves puff up their feathers and hunker down as the snow falls around them. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s by the weekend, so the late-season snow won't last long.

  • Girls on the Run off to a running start

    “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”
    -Girls on the Run website

  • Last Blast of Winter

    The biggest snowfall of the year, up to 12 inches in some areas of Fayette County, created both fun and work.

    First photo-between sledding trips on Monday, Becky Lambert enjoyed snowball fights with sons Ryan and Riley. Second photo-Darin Brown shoveled a driveway to help a neighbor. Third photo-Ted Miller of the city of Vandalia's public works department, pours another load of salt onto his truck before making the rounds on Sunday afternoon.

  • Mayoral forum is Thursday

     A little less than two weeks before the consolidated election, Vandalia’s mayoral candidates will present their platform at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum set for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday.
    The forum will feature only two candidates – incumbent Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman and challenger Brian Stout.
    Gottman is completing a third term in office, after having served as a city alderman.

  • Only eight attend electric aggregation meeting

    A public meeting to educate Vandalia and Fayette County residents about an April 9 referendum that promises to lower their electrical rates drew very little interest.

  • PHOTO: Lucken signs with MacMurray

    Vandalia senior Jeff Lucken last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play football for MacMurray College.

  • Vandals beat county rival on opening day

    VANDALIA – After their first game was canceled due to rain, the Vandals showed last Friday that they were ready to start the season as soon as they took the field.

    “I’m not kidding – and this will sound silly – but that was the best round of infield and outfield we have ever taken before a game,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “It was flawless, and our guys were chattering and keeping each other pumped up.