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Today's News

  • City fine-tunes budget for three hours

    City officials worked for three hours on a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes cuts in most departments.

    And, at least for the time being, that new budget includes wage freezes for city employees for six months.

    It also does not include remediation work that would get the city’s new raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River operable.

    Monday’s meeting, which was attended by about 20 city employees, kicked off with City Administrator Jimmy Morani explaining the proposed cuts, department by department.

  • State bar association donates Lincoln books to Evans Library

    Local residents interested in learning about the most-famous person to ever walk the streets of Vandalia have a new resource.

    The Illinois State Bar Association presented to Evans Public Library on Monday a four-volume set of books about Abraham Lincoln’s work as an attorney in Illinois.

    Presenting the books to Evans Librarian Jessica Blain, Mark Hassakis said that Lincoln’s law career was an important part of his life.

  • Vandals thrash Aces, fall to T-Town

    The Vandalia High School baseball team picked up its third win of the season on Tuesday afternoon, a 13-0 drumming of Mulberry Grove.

    "I thought we did a nice job all around today," Vandalia Coach Luke Hohlt said. "You want to take advantage of every chance you get. Even though the score was that different, you just have to keep playing ball."

    Hohlt took the game as an opportunity to try out some more bench players and make changes to his lineup, to see if players would be more productive in different spots.

  • Lady Vandals win in walk-off fashion

    The Vandalia High School softball team picked up its second win of the season and second in a row on Tuesday night, in a 2-1 walk-off victory over St. Elmo in the eighth inning.

    Trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, Audra Donaldson drew a walk to lead off the frame. Whitney Newsome followed with another base on balls.

  • City to require inspection of burned building

    Even after hearing three officials say they believe that a building gutted by fire last month should come down, the Vandalia City Council decided to have an expert look at the building before deciding that building's fate.

    Mayor Rick Gottman and the council agreed to require that Dennis Gerkin have a structural engineer inspect the former home of his State Farm agency within two weeks.

  • City asking Morani to help after his departure

    Jimmy Morani attended his final regular meeting of the Vandalia City Council as the city administrator on Monday, but he may be helping the city on some level after his departure in the middle of this month. 

  • All of Gallatin Street now open

     After the painting of traffic lanes and parking spaces was completed on Friday, the final block of the Gallatin Street improvement project was open to traffic.

    The work on Friday essentially marked the completion of the project about one year after work on the downtown business began and about two months ahead of schedule.

     

  • Downtown ordeal nearly over

    A little more than a year after workers dug up the first section of Gallatin Street, there’s light at the end of the tunnel or, more specifically, light at the east end of Vandalia’s downtown business district.

    The 400 block of Gallatin Street was opened to traffic on Tuesday afternoon, and city officials say the 300 block – the final block of the downtown enhancement project – could be opened up as early as Friday.

  • Check your smoke detectors!

    All of us can’t depend on someone like Larry Peyton driving by at the right time; therefore, we need to make sure that we have smoke detectors in our homes … and that they’re working.

    Peyton was driving by Washburn Trailer Court at Vandalia Lake early Saturday morning when he noticed smoke coming from one of the mobile homes. As the residents heard Peyton pounding on the door, they noticed that their smoke detector was beeping, giving them time to get outside safely.

  • Thomas Lakin writes memoir of his life

    In 1893, after living on a farm and teaching school for 38 years in Christian County, Thomas N. Lakin purchased The Vandalia Union newspaper. 

    His son, Ira, was only 18 years old when his father sent him to Vandalia, in March 1893, to take over publication of the weekly newspaper.

    Accompanying him in the move to Vandalia were his wife, Rebecca, sons, Jesse and Ira, and daughters, Lulu, Minnie and Ara. A third son, Will, stayed behind in Christian County, where he died in 1914.