Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, August 11

  • Vandalia Police

    Aug. 7
    • Police received a complaint at 7:38 a.m. on Monday of an unsupervised child at Vandalia Correctional Center. No further information was given.
    • Police received a report at 5:46 p.m. on Monday of an accident at Sixth and Johnson streets.
    According to the report, a juvenile riding a bicycle entered the intersection and was struck by a vehicle driven by Penny J. Kitchen, 34, 202 E. Wall St., Mulberry Grove.
    The child was taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatement.

  • Sheriff's arrest log

    • Derek T. Siebert, 23, 228 N. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 6 on an alleged probation violation. No bond information was listed.
    • Mario Bonds, 29, Chicago, was arrested on Aug. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Philip S. Donohue, 35, Granite City, was arrested on Aug. 4 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.

  • City will consider allowing portable buildings on lake lots

    The Vandalia Lake Committee has been directed to draft specifications for an ordinance change that will allow a new type of structure to be placed on lease lots at the lake.
    Alderman Mike Hobler, chairman of the lake committee, said at Monday’s city council meeting that a lease holder had asked the committee to allow placement of a structure “based along the lines of portable sheds” on his lake lot.
    That is currently not allowed, as city ordinance requires lease holders to have a trailer or mobile home on lots on the north side of the lake.

  • Wallace takes over as manager of Legion Home

    Pamela Wallace is a new “Fayette Face,” having recently moved to Vandalia to assume the responsibilities of the manager of the American Legion Home.

  • Stout announces his plans to run for mayor

    When Rick Gottman announced at a city council meeting last month that he would run for re-election, he wasn’t the only one at the meeting interested in running for Vandalia’s mayoral seat next spring.

  • Streetscape project scaled back again sc

    After taking a closer look at proposed streetscape work on side streets in Vandalia’s downtown business district – and the funds available to do that work – city officials have decided to concentrate on one two-block section for now.
    The city has received $630,000 in Community Development Assistance Program funds from the state for streetscape improvements in one-block sections north and south of Gallatin Street.

  • Former librarian pleads guilty

    The former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning.
    Terri E. Gillespie signed an open guilty plea to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 of government funds.
    An open plea resulted from plea bargaining through which Gillespie admitted committing the theft, but terms of a sentence were not agreed upon.

  • PHOTOS: First Annual St. Elmo Kickball Tournament

    The St. Elmo Tourism Committee held its first annual kickball tournament in Deken Park on Saturday morning, with three teams competing.

  • PHOTO: National champion tumbler

    Vandalia resident Kassidy VanUytven, 8, recently won a gold medal in tumbling at the AAU Jr. Olympics in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven.