Today's News

  • UPDATE: Casey appointed interim Vandalia superintendent

    In a brief special meeting on Friday afternoon, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Nick Casey as the interim superintendent of schools.
    Casey, who currently serves as the director of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, was named the interim superintendent following a closed session that lasted less than 10 minutes.
    Casey’s appointment came three days after Rich Well, the district superintendent for about 12 years, submitted his resignation, citing “personal reasons.”
    Casey appointment is effective on Monday.

  • A Season to Remember
  • VCHS talent on display
  • Spirit Night for St. Elmo/Brownstown

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown cheerleaders and boys basketball teams held their annual Spirit Night, which included a chili supper followed by introductions of cheerleaders and basketball players, games with the two groups and some drills by the basketball players.

  • Lady Vandals fall in first tourney game

    Olivia Marquardt and Lanee McNary combined for 26 points on Monday, but a fourth-quarter push by the Lady Vandals came up just short.

  • Eight Vandals on SCC football team

    Eight Vandalia Vandals were awarded all-conference honors, four of them receiving first-team recognition.
    Named to the South Central Conference first team were:
    • Ethan Bayles, senior, offensive line.
    • Trevor Smalls, junior, running back.
    • Marcus Zimmerman, senior, wide receiver. Zimmerman was also named the first team special teams player.
    • Garett McNary, senior, linebacker.
    Named to the second team were:
    • Erick Roman, junior, offensive line.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 23

    ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is holding its 11th annual free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Reservations are not required. Deliveries will be made to shut-ins only.
    Friday, November 24

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo at the Legion Home, due to Thanksgiving.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, November 25

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Jon Edward Olson
    Sherry Ann Mitchell
    Jacob Alexander Wilson
    Lily Abigail England
    William James Lovall
    Kathy Jo Smith
    Michael Lee Niepert
    Mulberry Grove
    Brittney Leigh Weller
    Mulberry Grove
    David Lawrence Moffett

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Rodney A. Barker, 47, 244 IL 140, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Nov. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Nicholas L. Ramage, 23, O’Fallon, was arrested on Nov. 19 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the Lead Poisoning Act and unlawful possession of a firearm with a revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification card. Bond was $15,000.

  • Police handle large number of thefts from vehicles

    In light of numerous thefts one evening last week, Vandalia’s police chief is reminding residents to lock their vehicles.
    The city police reported last week that they handled thefts from 13 vehicles, with most of them being at Capitol Pointe Apartments at the west end of Randolph Street.
    All of those vehicles, Police Chief Jeff Ray said, were not locked at the time of the thefts.
    In addition to the thefts late last Wednesday evening, police have received sporadic reports of thefts from vehicles, Ray said.