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Today's News

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Despite some unforeseen delays, Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project continues to progress at a good pace.

    Terry Fields, site superintendent for Hank’s Excavating of Belleville, the general contractor on the project, said the project that includes infrastructure and streetscape improvements is still ahead of schedule.

    “Everything is going along fine. We’ve had a couple of issues that we didn’t anticipate, such as the bricks for the sidewalks, but we’re still doing pretty good on the schedule,” Fields said.

  • Faulkner overcomes battles to build his family's dream house

    Approximately nine years ago, the Rev. Raymond P. Faulkner decided to build a house … not a run-of-the-mill house, one designed and drawn on blueprints by a professional. Nor did he want it built by professionals.

    He wanted to build the dream house of wife Mollie and daughter Priscilla, with the emphasis on “home,” not “house,” a “home that love built.”

    A minister, not a professional carpenter, he set about to accomplish the self-appointed task.

  • Vandals swept in opening meet

    Kevin Schroeder, Vandalia High School's tennis coach, said prior to the season that the first few weeks were going to be rough for the Vandals. Just one match into the season and Schroeder’s prediction is already correct.

    Monday afternoon the Vandals hosted Roxana to open the season. Roxana was no match for the young Vandalia team. Roxana swept them, 9-0.

    Vandalia’s No. 2 plater, Sarah Hutchison, had the closest match, as she was edged out 10-6. Britney Moulton, the No. 6, also went down 10-6.

  • Preview: Vandalia opens season Friday against Oilers

    Going into the first week of any season, every team has questions, whether it has returned every starter from the year before or hasn’t returned any. Every team has doubts heading into their first game and no team has any guarantees.This Friday, the Vandals will get answers to a lot of the questions that have been swarming around in their minds the past few weeks.

    Vandalia will be traveling to play EA-Wood River on Friday. The Oilers are coming off a 2-7 season. Their only two wins came against Pana, whhich finished the season 0-9, and Gillespie, which was 3-6 overall.

  • Cougars power past Clay City and Woodlawn

    South Central is off to a hot start, Tuesday night, the Cougars picked up a 12-2 win over Clay City, in five innings.

    Ryan Gesell got his first win of the season, going five strong innings, striking out 12. Although he sat down a dozen, he had trouble at times with finding the strike zone and walked seven.

    Ian King was 3-for-3 on the night, driving in three runs and scoring three times himself.

    Shane Donoho reached base three times, twice via walk and on a run scoring triple.

    Dylan Sill was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.

  • FOIA rewrite aids openness in state

    Monday was a good day for openness in Illinois government.

    Though our state is widely known for its corruption and pay-for-play politics, Monday’s action is a welcome movement toward transparency and accountability in state government.

  • Reunion plans prompt old memories

    My 40th high school class reunion is coming up on Sept. 19, and I figured this would be a good time to look back.

    I began my school career at Central School on Kennedy Boulevard in Vandalia, with Miss Crickman as my kindergarten teacher.

    Do all children love their kindergarten teachers? I surely loved Miss Crickman, and then one day she got married and wasn’t Miss Crickman anymore. In fact, I think she quit teaching and turned our class over to a perfect stranger.

  • City hires firm to help with VCC fight

    The work of Vandalia officials to prevent the scheduled layoff of more than 120 employees at Vandalia Correctional Center will continue later this month when Mayor Rick Gottman meets with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

    They are also hoping that a Springfield-based consultant can have a positive impact on the issue.

    In a split vote, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hire Governmental Consulting Solutions to lobby state legislators on behalf of the city in the fight to prevent the state layoffs.

  • Police can send messages to cell phones, computers

    In the past, Vandalia residents had to rely on city sirens or radio and television bulletins for warnings of severe weather or other emergencies. Now, they can have that information sent directly to their cell phones and computers.

    Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that his department has begun using Nixle, a community information service.

  • School board discusses budget, start of new school year

    With the school year ready to begin this week, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday dealt with budgets, school startup preparations and a variety of personnel issues in a 70-minute meeting.

    As has been the case in the past several meetings, state funding concerns dominated many board discussions.