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Today's News

  • End of the year wrapup

    The city of Vandalia filled its newly created position of director of economic development and tourism with a native of the Vandalia area. An area native was also chosen as the new librarian at Evans Public Library.

    Those were among the news stories from 2007. We finish our look back at the past year with some of the stories from the last three months of the year.

    SEPTEMBER

  • City OKs bidding for downtown infrastructure work

    The Vandalia City Council decided on Monday to take another step toward making downtown improvements by seeking bids for water and sewer line work.

    After receiving bids for those improvements, the city will see where it stands financially as it makes decisions regarding downtown streetscape projects.

    The council's action on Monday comes several weeks after two council committees and the Downtown Advisory Committee recommended separating the infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

  • Lady Vandals move to 15-3

    Woodlawn's girls basketball team started filtering into the gym during the second quarter of the opening game of the Sandoval Tournament Monday.

    What the Lady Cardinals witnessed over the next three quarters of could not have left them feeling particularly elated about their upcoming semifinal matchup with a red-hot Vandalia team.

  • Wednesday fire destroys home; man sustains minor burns

    A Vandalia man sustained minor burns in a fire Wednesday evening that destroyed his family's residence.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeremy Beck family, at 904 N. Sixth St., at 8:41 p.m.

    Because they were at the fire station for their weekly meeting, firefighters began arriving at the scene in about a minute. Upon their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.

  • Wilmington takes state-title rematch over Vandals

    Wilmington's wrestling team is ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason.

    The defending Class A champions return a strong core from a squad that edged Vandalia via a tiebreaker in last year's dual team state final.

    So it wasn't that surprising the Vandals lost to the Wildcats Saturday at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.

    But it was how the Vandals dropped a 47-23 dual that bugged VCHS coach Jason Clay.

  • Lady Vandals win Mattoon Tournament

    With the bitter disappointment of Thursday's overtime loss to Marion still fresh in the Lady Vandals' minds, and their Mattoon Christmas Tournament title hopes hinging on a Friday evening game against MacArthur, the VCHS girls basketball team did what many squads before them have done.

    They turned to Hollywood for inspiration.

    And as it turns out, inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of sources.

  • Wesclin holds off Cougars in OT for 3rd-straight VHT title

    Wesclin managed to overcome the magic that seems to accompany South Central every time it steps on the court at Vandalia Community High School.

    But just barely.

    After watching the Cougars erase an 11-point fourth quarter deficit and force overtime on Will Crain's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the top-seeded Indians held off South Central in the extra frame for a 54-51 victory in the championship game of the 36 Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament Saturday night.

    The title was the Warriors' third in a row and a record seventh overall.

    But it was anything but easy.

  • Downtown project must be a priority in 2008

    As they look back on 2007, city officials have to be pleased with many things that they saw within the past year, including the continued development of Vandalias western Interstate 70 interchange.

    But, as they reflect, Mayor Rick Gottman, City Administrator Jimmy Morani, Director of Economic Development JoAnn Givens and Vandalia aldermen also need to be looking at some projects looming in the future.

    At the top of the list is the effort to revitalize the downtown business district.

  • Burtschis founded title company in 1890

    Burtschi Brothers Title Co. had its beginning on Aug. 5, 1890, when Julius Louis Burtschi acted as the go-between on a $700 loan from William Sonnemann to Katy Mayz.

    The next year, Julius opened an office on the second floor of a new Gallatin Street building, on the site of his birthplace. This second year, he made seven loans and built the first of 800 houses that he would build during his lifetime.

  • City fails to get bids for downtown improvement project, Temple Baptist dedicates new church

    The city of Vandalia continued to struggle as it attempted to get the downtown improvements project on track. A fire in the early morning hours of Labor Day destroyed The Depot, a popular eatery and meeting place.

    Those were a couple of the stories from the past year. Today, we continue our look back at 2007.

    MAY