Today's News

  • Levee breaks repaired ... again

    When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, those large amounts of rain can damage levees in the Vandalia area.

  • Lack of state budget continues to hurt city

    The city of Vandalia, like all other government entities and agencies throughout Illinois, continues to suffer from the effects of no state budget.
    “As of Friday, we had not received any money from the state” for water and sewer services provided to Vandalia Correctional Center, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday night.
    And, again, Gottman has contacted state Rep. John Cavaletto (R-107th District) to see if the legislator can do anything about getting the money owed to the city.

  • Two-time meth offender arrested on new charges

    A Brownstown man who has served two prison terms for methamphetamine convictions has again been charged with meth offenses.

    Travis W. Metzger, 43, was charged with aggravated delivery of methamphetamine, possession of up to 400 grams of meth and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials in information filed on Friday by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 4

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St. The evening includes a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of Abe Awards and entertainment by the a cappella group "Blend." Tickets are $25 for the meal, which is being catered by Ponderosa Steakhouse; call 283-2728 by this Friday to make reservations.

  • Extension bucket list seminar to be held on Feb. 19

    Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t?
    Are there personal goals that would bring you joy and fulfillment, but are always put on the back burner?
    Maybe you need to work on your bucket list!
    A bucket list is simply a list of experiences or achievements that a person would like to do in their lifetime.
    Cheri Burcham, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 4)

    VCHS Girls Basketball
    Vandalia improved to 16-11 with a 51-32 win over conference foe Roxana  last Thursday night.
    Makayla Tinker got things going for the Lady Vandals with 10 first-half points, taking a 26-23 lead into the third quarter.
    The Lady Vandals defense took over in the third, limiting the Shells to just one third-quarter point, jumping out to a 39-23 lead heading into the final quarter.

  • Eighth-grade Vandals finish second at tourney, advance to regional championship

    The eight-grade Vandals finished second at its own tournament Thursday afternoon, falling just short of a first-place finish, as they lost to Central A&M in double overtime, 61-55.
    Vandalia picked up wins over Ramsey and St. Elmo/Brownstown by scores of 60-38 and 56-22.
    Vandalia’s Thomas Ritchey and Matthew Wells were selected to the all-tournament team.

    Vandalia vs. Central A&M
    VA  6  14  19  11  3  2  55
    AM  9  7  16  18  3  8  61

  • South Central falls to St. Anthony, finishes fourth at NTC Tournament


  • Eagles earn consolation championship at NTC Tournament


  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    Love, caring and good wishes came in with guests for our early “countdown to Valentine’s Day celebration.” We are meeting on the first Monday of each month during the winter season.
    Turning to the stage, leader Beulah Brown welcomed the SoftFire duo of David and Patricia Pence from Hillsboro. Their musical theme was also centered on love – a tribute to Valentine’s Day.