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Today's News

  • Flora wins fourth Vandal Shootout tourney title

    Flora won the championship of the fourth Vandal Shootout tournament last week.
    Flora, which defeated Red Bud in semifinal play, won the championship by defeating Harrisburg, which advanced by beating Pinckneyville in the other semifinal contest.
    In the opening round of the tournament, Vandalia defeated Central A&M. Other winners were Illini Central (over Cumberland), Harrisburg (over Edwards County), Flora (over Eldorado) and Putnam County (over St. Elmo).

  • Five area softball players named to All-State team

    Five area players were named to the Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State team.
    St. Elmo senior Brooke Maxey, and Mulberry Grove sophomore Becca Oldham and junior Harley Tompkins were named to the second team.
    In addition, Mulberry Grove senior Zoe Zinkgraf and freshman Kate Jolliff were named to the third team.
    Maxey was the co-MVP of the Egyptian-Illini Conference and an all-National Trail Conference first-team selection this past season and will be attending Kaskaskia College next fall to play volleyball.

  • Godoyo tosses perfect game

    Megan Godoyo pitched a perfect game to give Vandalia a split in a doubleheader last Thursday evening in Ramsey. In the first photo, Morgan Whightsil gets ready to attempt a bunt in the win; on the next pitch, Whightsil delivered an RBI double to centerfield. In the second photo, Godoyo throws a pitch during her perfect game.

  • Backseat seatbelt law signed

    Governor Pat Quinn was joined by law enforcement officers, public safety officials and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday to sign two traffic safety measures as families throughout the state prepare for the July 4th holiday weekend.
    “Over the Fourth of July weekend and throughout the year, we must ensure our roads are safe when many of us will be traveling to see family and friends,” Quinn said.
    “These new laws are common sense measures that will help all motorists in Illinois arrive at their destinations safely.”

  • News Briefs

    SAFE tourney, luncheon on July 20

    Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies (SAFE) will hold its annual charity golf tournament and luncheon on Wednesday, July 20.
    The golf tournament, sponsored by the Vandalia Ladies Golf Association, will be held at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club, with 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times available. The cost is $55 per person, or $50 if paid by July 13, and men, women and mixed teams are invited to play. The entry fee includes a luncheon buffet at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Building Permits-June 30, 2011

    The city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department issued the following building permits in May:
    • Travis Towler, fence at 114 N. First St.
    • Nyla Graham, demolition of a garage at 111 N. Hudson St.
    • Devan Matthews, deck at 908 W. Lincoln St.
    • SG Enterprises, deck at 523 N. Fifth St.
    • Ace Sign Co., replacement of a sign at 827 Veterans Ave.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, deck at 1121 N. Sixth St.
    • Alstat Electric, electrical upgrade at 521 S. Elm St.

  • Sheriff's arrest log-June 30, 2011

    • Emmy L. Snider, 31, Bingham, was arrested on June 28 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $7,500.
    • Mark D. Veach, 39, Keavy, Ky., was arrested on June 28 on a warrant for a charge of theft of $300 and less. Bond was $1,000.
    • Taleb R. Jawher, 33, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on June 27 on charges of driving 109 mph and driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $2,000.
    • Mark A. Shirley, 48, Bolivar, Tenn., was arrested on June 26 on charges of speeding and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • community calendar-June 30, 2011

    Thursday, June 30

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • Forty years of music at old Seminary School

    Some folks gathered at the old Seminary School recently to celebrate 40 years of county music, dancing and just plain old fellowship and fun for the whole family – no age limit either way.

  • Cavaletto announces; could face incumbent Stephens

    State Rep. John Cavaletto made the rounds in Fayette County earlier this week, announcing that he will run in the new legislative district that includes this county.
    In his attempt to gain re-election, the Salem Republican may have to square off against a long-time legislator who currently represents this county.
    Cavaletto was in Fayette County Monday to announce that he will run in the new 107th District, and to “start building relationships” in this county.