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Today's News

  • Vandalia has record-breaking week

    Prior to the start of the season, Vandalia High School boys track and field coach Jane Bell asked athletic director Mike Butler to schedule the Vandals a meet against a school east of Vandalia.

    Bell wanted the team to get some regular-season experience against some of the competition it would face in the sectional in May.

    If Tuesday night's meet at Flora is any indication of how the final weeks of the season will go, then Bell and the Vandals have a lot to look forward to.

    Vandalia won the Flora meet, edging the host 92-82 also defeating Odin and Wayne City.

  • Lady Vandals losing streak hits four games

    For the fifth straight game, the Lady Vandals have failed to score more than two runs, as they lost to Hillsboro 12-1 on Tuesday. Their losing streak hit four games, and they dropped to 3-14 on the season.

    While Vandalia was able to pick up a 2-0 victory against EA-Wood River last week, the Lady Vandals and Coach Brian Buscher know that if they are going to win, they need to pick up the offense heading into the last few weeks of the season.

  • Vandals unprepared for Hillsboro, fall 14-3

    Before Vandalia could really settle in on Tuesday night, Hillsboro had already hit them up for a couple runs. It ended up giving the Vandals one of their worst losses of the season, 14-3, second only to a 17-1 defeat at Effingham.

    "It didn't take long for it to get out of hand," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said. "When you're not ready to play from the first pitch, then you might as well forget about it. Hillsboro came ready to play today, ready to get themselves a conference win, and we did not."

  • City OKs furlough days for all full-time employees

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

  • School district approves more cuts

     Though Superintendent Rich Well characterized the Vandalia Community School District’s current financial condition as “firm” and “solid,” the looming state financial crisis resulted in the district board making further cuts for the coming fiscal year.

  • City sets deadline for cleanup of fire remains

     Vandalia officials have agreed to accept a structural engineer’s recommendations on a building damaged by the Feb.

  • Diveley learns benefits of a good diet and exercise

    Faye “DeeDee” Diveley recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of serving others through her work at Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care. She worked a brief time as an aide, when she was very young, then as an LPN.

  • Solution needed for budget crisis

    Unless you’ve been locked away in a cage in recent months, you’ve noticed that virtually every government entity has begun initiating significant budget cuts.

    In this week’s issue alone, we have stories about the city of Vandalia approving furlough days for all of its full-time employees and the Vandalia School District cutting staff and programs.

  • Justice was swift in county's first murder

     The 1878 History of Fayette County makes mention of all the “firsts” to occur in each township in the county – the earliest settlers, first birth, first death, first marriage, first mill, first school, first burying ground and, in the case of Pope Township, the first murder.

  • County, city help Rural King with move

     The Fayette County Board and Vandalia City Council took action within the past week to help Rural King move from its current home into the former Orgill building.

    The county board voted last Thursday to allow the county to serve as a vehicle for a revenue bond issue, and the city council approved two zoning issues on Monday night.