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Today's News

  • City awarded $400,000 grant for Gallatin work

    The city of Vandalia learned on Wednesday that it had been awarded a grant for work on the downtown enhancement project.

    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at the monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the city will be receiving $400,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s emergency repair program.

    The grant announcement was made earlier in the day by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), who was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s chamber meeting.

  • Quinn wants union's help in resolving prison layoffs issue

    As he met with Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday, Mayor Rick Gottman had it reiterated to him that the union representing employees in state prisons are the key player in preventing a massive layoff of those workers.

    Gottman had the opportunity to present to Quinn at the DuQuoin State Fair on Saturday his arguments for reversing the plan to lay off about 1,000 Illinois Department of Corrections employees, including 127 workers at Vandalia Correctional Center, at the end of this month.

  • Vandals run all over Wood River

    The Vandalia football season got off to a running start on Friday, as the Vandals defeated East Alton-Wood River, 40-0.

    It was a combination of Vandalia’s defense and running game that led them past the Oilers.

    “I thought the kids came ready to play,” head coach John Stout said. “I though the offensive line did a great job blocking…It’s a good way to get started.”

  • Murfin's pitching and key bunt help end two streaks

    Patoka ended South Central's undefeated season with a 9-3 win last Wednesday. The Warriors  also ended a six-year losing streak to the Cougars.

    In his first start of the season, Luke Murfin pitched a gem for Patoka and laid down a pivotal bunt in the Warriors' win.

    Murfin got off to a little bit of a bumpy start as he gave up two runs in the first two innings. Both of the runners that scored reached base via walks.

    The Cougars' starting pitcher, Dylan Sill, had a solid start, as he didn't allow a baserunner through the first three innings.

  • Lady Vandals open season with win over Wood River

    The Lady Vandals didn’t let pre-game jitters or lack of varsity experience deter them in their first match Tuesday night as they beat EA-Wood River 25-9, 25-11.

    It was senior Katie Vieregge who led the Vandals and played what coach Allison Smth considered to be her best game.

    “I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Smith said. “Being a senior leading us out on the first night, I thought she did a fantastic job.”

    Vieregge was 10-for-11 serving with an ace. Hitting, she was 5-6 with two kills and four digs.

  • Sen. McCarter to speak to Chamber

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Quinn must take time to listen

    Though his behavior since taking office in January doesn’t raise our expectations much, Gov. Pat Quinn has promised to talk with Vandalia officials this Saturday at the DuQuoin State Fair.

    We hope it doesn’t trouble the governor unduly to have a conversation with Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and other locals who would like an audience with him.

    Since Quinn early this month announced his plan to slash about 125 positions at the Vandalia Correctional Center, lot of us in this area would like to bend his ear. But no go. He’s been unavailable.

  • Many ties between Vandalia, Mt. Pulaski

    For the Dec. 4, 2008, issue of this newspaper, my story for this column was about Arnold "Mike" Koehler of Mt. Pulaski.

    In the story, I told of attending the annual Torbeck family reunion and seeing Mike there. I looked around the room for his wife, Berniece, only to discover that she had died five months earlier. Berniece was a first cousin to my dad, Ed Torbeck.

  • Former resident gets eight years for child pornography

    A former Vandalia man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to possessing child pornography has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

    The eight-year sentence handed down for Dustin K. Haupt, 31, of Carlyle, will run concurrently with a three-year sentence for aggravated battery.

    The two sentences issued earlier this month by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm a little more than three months after Haupt pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Despite some unforeseen delays, Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project continues to progress at a good pace.

    Terry Fields, site superintendent for Hank’s Excavating of Belleville, the general contractor on the project, said the project that includes infrastructure and streetscape improvements is still ahead of schedule.

    “Everything is going along fine. We’ve had a couple of issues that we didn’t anticipate, such as the bricks for the sidewalks, but we’re still doing pretty good on the schedule,” Fields said.