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Today's News

  • Lancers rally late to down Lady Vandals, 12-7

    The Vandalia High School softball team was on the verge of winning its season opener on Monday, but a seven-run seventh inning by Raymond-Lincolnwood sent the Lady Vandals home with a 12-7 loss.

    Heading into the top of the seventh inning, the game was tied 5-5. Vandalia had already come back from being down 2-0 early to take a 3-2 lead, and the Lancers had tied the game three times in the last three innings.

  • New face at FUMC ready to work with youth

    Stefanie Montgomery is well into her second year as director of youth ministry at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, accomplishing a goal she has had since a young girl – working with and helping teens.

  • St. Elmo board OKs co-op agreement

    One day after the Brownstown Board of Education told a large group of that community's residents that an extracurricular cooperative agreement is essentially a work in progress, the St. Elmo School Board approved that agreement.

    And in approving the document submitted by a committee made up of representatives from the two communities,  the St. Elmo board said it wants the Brownstown board to vote on that document by the end of this month.

  • Downtown project could be completed in several weeks

    A continuation of good weather could ensure the completion of Vandalia's downtown enhancement project.

     

    "Sometime in April we will be totally out of here," Terry Fields of Hank's Excavating and Landscaping of Belleville said during Friday's "Mornings on Main Street" meeting held by Vandalia Main Street.

    Fields told city officials, some downtown merchants and representatives of Main Street that all of the concrete work has been completed, and that all brickwork should be done by the end of next week.

  • Free Baseball and Softball Clinic To Be Held At Kaskaskia College March 27

    The Kaskaskia College Blue Devil Baseball Program and Blue Angels Softball Program will offer a free clinic to area players ages 6-12. This one-hour clinic will be offered following their home games on Saturday, March 27.

     

    Both teams will host doubleheaders that day starting at 12:00 p.m.

     

    The Blue Devils will play Lake Land College and the free clinic will be held immediately after the game at approximately 4:30 p.m.

     

  • Brownstown board votes to continue co-op negotiations

    The Brownstown Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday night to continue discussions with the St. Elmo District Board on a cooperative agreement for extracurricular activities.

    That vote was taken after the board heard from a number of people in a crowd of about 60 people, many of whom are opposed to the agreement that would join the two districts for activities including high school and junior high basketball and baseball.

    The St. Elmo Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the cooperative agreement at its regular meeting on Thursday evening.

  • City to consider legal options with Motown

    Because representatives of Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. continue to ignore phone calls and e-mails from Vandalia officials, one alderman believes it’s time to go to a higher power.

    Mike Hobler believes that the city may get some type of response from the Motown group if the sheriff in the group’s home county serves them with some type of legal document.

  • Three teachers cut due to state aid shortfalls

    As a result of state aid shortfalls, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to honorably dismiss three first-year teachers who had been placed on Reduction In Force (RIF) status.

    Those teachers – Bethany Nave (Pre-K), Annette McClintock (fourth grade) and Robyn DeMoulin (second grade) – were released because funding from the state is delinquent, causing the district to make preparations to drop the Pre-K program in the 2010/11 school year.

  • License for beer garden OK'd, other request is not

    After the Vandalia City Council approved Vandalia Main Street’s request for a one-day liquor license, it chose not to act on a request for a permanent license submitted by an individual planning to open a sandwich shop.

    The council voted 5-3 to OK Main Street’s request for a license that will allow the organization to operate a beer garden during its new SummerFest in July.

  • Time to pull the plug on Motown

    Two months ago, we asked that the city of Vandalia seriously consider discontinuing its relationship with Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. We’re glad to see that city officials are moving in that direction.

    Alderman Mike Hobler suggested at Monday’s city council meeting that the city look at initiating legal action against the Michigan-based group, and Alderman Larry Bennett agreed.