Today's News

  • Swimming lesson deadline is Saturday

    Lisa Robbins, manager of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, announced this week that this Saturday is the last day to sign up for swimming lessons this summer at the pool.


  • Coroner's Report

    Fayette County Coroner David Hejl submitted the following report for May to the Fayette County Board:
    • May 7-13 – 1 coroner cases; 80 miles driven; 2 cremation permits; and permit revenue, $100.
    • May 14-20 – 2 coroner cases; 1 autopsy; 113 miles driven; 2 cremation permits; and permit revenue, $100.
    • May 21-27 – 1 coroner case; 1 autopsy; 44 miles driven; 1 cremation permit; and permit revenue, $50.
    • May 28-June 3 – No coroner cases or autopsies; 1 cremation permit; and permit revenue, $50.

  • Sheriff's Report

    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith submitted the following report for May to the Fayette County Board:
    Public safety
    • 927 incident reports.
    • 24,423 patrol miles.
    • Citations issued: 87. Revenue: traffic tickets, $6,518.59; and criminal DUIs, $9.913.90.
    • Process service – 55 civil process/summonses; and 82 warrants.
    • 145 new inmates/bookings.
    • 143 inmates released.
    • 169 pretrial inmates.
    • Average inmate pretrial confinement days-36.

  • Vandalia School District hooking up with professional development group

    The Vandalia Board of Education agreed on Monday to hook up with a coalition that can provide district staff with additional, ongoing professional opportunities.
    The Illinois Association of Supervision, Curriculum and Development is part of the national ASCD that offers “leadership institutes, workshops, and programs that focus on the quality of teaching and learning.”
    Representatives of the IASCD told board members that the association offers publications such as research journals and email educational briefs.

  • Committees meeting on city's economic developer position

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet this Thursday as part of the process of hiring an economic development director.
    Mayor Rick Gottman set the noon meeting of the personnel and economic development committees during the brief city council meeting on Monday.
    At that meeting, Gottman said that the city officials “will discuss an individual for economic development director.”
    The economic development director position has been vacant since Brian Stout resigned in May of last year.

  • Co-interim administrators at FCHD

    Two individuals are serving as co-interim administrators of the Fayette County Health Department while the County Board of Health works to fill the position on a permanent basis.
    Heather Jackson, the coordinator of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, and Dee Sanders, a WIC nurse who is the retired coordinator of that program, have been appointed by the board of health to jointly perform administrator duties.
    That action was taken following the resignation of Rhonda Andrews from the position.

  • City to begin enforcing lake lot rules

    Acknowledging that regulations for lease lots at Vandalia Lake have not always been strictly enforced, city officials say that they are ready to do so.
    Part of that plan is to next month approve a list of non-conforming structures at the lake, which will be grandfathered in as stricter enforcement begins.

  • Abe, the Performer
  • Honor Rolls

    Fourth Quarter
    High Honors (GPA 3.75 or above)
    Freshmen: Amos Blomberg, Jessica Blomberg, Cameron Brandt, Alexa Byers, Ty Miller, Madisen Nannini.
    Sophomores: Mallory-Jean Beck, Miroslava Bezdenezhnykh, Kyle Hall, Bella Ng, Erin Schroeder.
    Juniors: Luke Barton, Miriam Blomberg, Madison Durbin, Deidre Hall, Logan Lotz, Lauren Lutz, Daniel Roberts.

  • KICK classes in July at KC Vandalia Campus

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College has announced the schedule for KICK classes in July at the Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 West Fillmore St. in Vandalia.
    • Beading & Bling – Students will learn to use beads and bling to make jewelry. Students will make bracelets, necklaces and other items to give as gifts or to keep as they create a lasting keepsake. This is a great class for friends to take together. This class will be on Monday, July 9, from 1-3 p.m., and is for students in grades K-8.