Today's News

  • Patoka advances to third-place game


  • City will redraw its ward borders

    For many, many decades, the city of Vandalia has used two major streets in the city to create the boundaries for its four aldermanic wards. But, over the years, changes in the city’s makeup has resulted in discrepancies in the size of the wards.
    Therefore, Mayor Rick Gottman said, the city needs to create new boundaries.
    The council voted on Monday to authorize city officials to begin the redistricting process.
    “We have not done that in a number of years,” Gottman said.

  • City OKs new levy

    As expected, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new tax levy that is estimated to raise the overall tax bill of city residents by about 2.35 percent.
    But it took two votes.
    The council initially voted 4-3 to reject a tax levy with a 19.44-percent increase, then – after a lengthy discussion – approved that levy in a 5-2 vote.
    The tax levy that was ultimately approved, which has a $740,600 total, was one of two options that were presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Such a BIG success Monday – indescribably wonderful!  Whoever has even remotely considered cancelling EO should have their head examined after Monday! We had our best Christmas EO meeting ever.
    The stage was set for the routine, but it became wonder-filled, joyous and full!

  • Triple A Tumbling meet held at Salem
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dawn M. Sanders-Hughes, 44, Palmer, was arrested on Dec. 21 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    Aaron J. Durbin, 19, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of assault. Bond was $1,200.
    • Krispin S. Hobbs, 21, Valline, Okla., was arrested on Dec. 20 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Blake M. Sefton, 19, 223 E. Maple St., Brownstown, was arrested on Dec. 19 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 24

    ✔ Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia will hold Christmas Eve services at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road (follow Eighth Street south).

    Friday, Dec. 25


  • Area Prep Roundup (Dec. 24)

    VCHS Boys Basketball
    Vandalia dropped to 0-9 on the season Friday night, falling to Litchfield, 64-52.
    Despite a 30-24 lead at half time, the Vandals could not hang on for their first win of the season, as Litchfield outscored them 40-22 in the second half.
    Kelly Jones finished with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds.

  • SEB opens up tournament in dominant fashion

    St. Elmo/Brownstown did not prove to be very gracious hosts to open up the first round of its 56th annual Holiday Tournament Wednesday night.  The Eagles dominated from start to finish, as they picked up a blowout win over Ramsey, 72-23.
    Ramsey managed to score the first bucket of the game on a Brady Reiss layup. But, that would be the extent of the Rams' success, offensively and defensively.

  • South Central to honor the late Gary Shirley