Today's News

  • John Doyle Lee implicated in massacre

    “About 40 years ago John D. Lee, the leader of the Mountain Meadow massacre, was living in the north part of this township [Sefton], near where John Reynolds now lives. Mr. Reynolds remembers him distinctly as a still, morose man of considerable ability, and not well-liked by his neighbors, probably on account of the Mormon doctrines preached by him, which were very unpopular at that time.” Page 82, History of Fayette County, Illinois – 1878.

  • Celebrate the Fourth safely

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July next Wednesday, it’s more important than ever to celebrate safely.
    Not only do we face the usual dangers related to fireworks, this year’s dry conditions make it extra important that we celebrate safely. And with triple-digit temperatures forecast for the next several days, the dry conditions will only get worse. When things are this dry, it doesn’t take much to get a brush fire started.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Jacob Allen Smith
    Ashley Brooke Ruholl
    Richard Wayne Morrell
    Kelli Rae Jones
    Joseph Donald Keppler
    Heather Dawn Gillmore

  • News Briefs

    Vandalia Idol prelims, finals Saturday

    Because of conflicts in the community, Soroptimist International of Vandalia has changed the schedule for the Vandalia Idol competition.
    The audition and finale will now be held on one night, this Saturday. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
    Twelve individuals have registered for this year’s competition. Four competitors will advance to the final round of competition.
    The judges for this year’s Vandalia Idol are Catherine Burgess, Nancy Childress and Scott Gercken.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on June 25 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was transferred to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Jacob D. Tedrick, 23, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 25 on an alleged violation of probation. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jeffrey A. Beck, 39, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on June 25 for failure to appear in court in Vermillion County. Bond was $5,000, and he was transferred to that county.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, June 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a special program at 10 a.m. Scovill Zoo in Decatur will bring animals for children to learn about and touch.
    ✔ 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, June 30

  • Oldhams add hummingbirds to Hee Haw Acres

    David and Susan Oldham’s attention, time and interest had long been exclusively dedicated to the several donkeys that reside on their rural Vandalia homeplace.

  • Firefighters kept busy over past week

    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters have been kept busy within the past week.

  • Council OKs selling city land

    Meeting only briefly on Monday evening, the Vandalia City Council took action designed to lure two commercial businesses.
    During that meeting, which lasted only two minutes, the council voted to seek bids on two parcels of land that the city owns in the western Interstate 70 interchange area.
    Two ordinances on the sale of those parcels actually replace two ordinances OK’d by the council at its June 18 meeting.
    One ordinance allows the city to accept bids on roughly 3.104 acres of land in the western interchange area.

  • Talks on city officials' pay begin

    A Vandalia City Council committee has formed recommendations on future salaries for the town’s mayor and aldermen.
    But the salaries for Vandalia’s city clerk and city treasurer are still up for discussion. Those discussions will include the possibility of combining the treasurer’s duties with those of the clerk.
    Under state law, the city council is required to approve salary levels for elected city officials at least 180 days prior to the election for those officials.