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Today's News

  • Hillsboro rallies to hand Lady Vandals their first loss

    The Lady Vandals' disappointment was palpable Thursday as they walked off the court following a 57-46 setback to state-ranked Pana.

    For good reason.

    They had just watched the Lady Panthers escape VCHS with a victory for the third straight time, doing so, once again, by rallying from a second-half deficit.

    But as the team emerged from the locker room after taking a moment to let their first setback of the season sink in, a sense of pride and optimism was just as evident.

  • Vandals still searching for first win

    Mitch Johnson had just completed a Vandalia comeback from a nine-point first-half deficit with a putback that tied the game at 27 early in the second half.

    Carlyle, having fallen in love with the 3-point shot after making three of its first six attempts early, had just seen its 10th-consecutive heave from beyond the arc clang off the rim.

    Barring something unforeseen, Vandalia appeared to have the edge down the stretch at home Tuesday night.

  • Merry Christmas!

    As the above editorial indicates, Caring and Sharing has done many good things for needy residents of Fayette County. But it's not alone.

    Many other acts of charity and many holiday activities have been performed by other local groups.

    It's a characteristic of our community that we've grown to expect. The people of Vandalia – and all of Fayette County, for that matter – are a very giving lot. It's one quality that makes this a special place to live.

    This week, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we are reminded of the importance of that giving spirit.

  • Caring & Sharing the season's spirit

    It's hard to believe, but it's been more than 30 years since a program that provides a Merry Christmas for the less-fortunate families in Fayette County got its start.

    The program that would grow into what is now known as Fayette County Caring & Sharing was initiated in the mid-1970s, when Fayette County Health Department Administrators Cara Kelly and Rhea McCarty of the Community Action Center spearheaded a drive that would serve six families.

  • Old Johnson Store a Pittsburg landmark

    Named for William M. Pitt, Pittsburg is a crossroads community located at the junction of sections 16, 17, 20 and 21 in Seminary Township. Originally spelled Pittsburgh, the "h" was dropped from the spelling in 1889 when the post office was established.

    In a letter to the editor from Walter H. Evans, published in the Jan. 31, 1974, edition of The Vandalia Leader, Evans wrote that his earliest recollections began about 1890, when he was four years old.

  • Vandalia's old city hall gets new name

    Close to two months after moving most of its operations into a new home, the city has decided on a new name for its old home.

    At the recommendation of Alderman Bret Brosman, the city council approved a new name for the building at 221 S. Fifth St. that has served as city hall for many decades.

    The former city hall, which now only houses the police and fire departments, now is called the Public Safety Building, a name recommended by Brosman.

  • Fire damages Woodyard home

    A Woodyard home sustained significant damage from a fire last Friday morning.

    Vandalias volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Donnie Ellis family at 9:48 a.m.

    Upon their arrival within seven minutes, firefighters found flames shooting from the roofline of the home.

    The fire was contained to the kitchen and living room areas, but fire officials estimated the damage at $90,000.

    No injuries were sustained as a result of the blaze.

  • Council hesitant to give TIF funds for The Depot project

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday night chose not to take action on recommendations sent to them by two of the citys advisory committees.

    The council first held off on granting a request for Tax Increment Financing funds for cleanup and demolition work on the burned remains of The Depot.

    It then, later in the meeting, chose not to act on the Downtown Advisory Committees recommendations for the downtown streetscape project.

  • Council approves agreement with Fayette Water

    An agreement approved by the Vandalia City Council on Monday paves the way for Fayette Water Co. to move forward with its plans to provide water to residents in rural areas outside the city.

    That agreement calls for the city to sell water to Fayette Water at a rate of $3.45 per 1,000 gallons, the same rate charged to in-city water users who consume at least 40,000 gallons per month.

    Through its latest expansion, Fayette Water wants to offer water service to people living north and west of Vandalia, including the Vandalia Lake area, and Shafter and Sharon townships.

  • VCHS boys and girls games cancelled

    Saturday's VCHS boys and girls basketball games have been postponed due to today's snowfall and additional snow expected tonight.

    The boys team was scheduled to play Shelbyville at home tonight at 6 p.m., while the girls were to play at Altamont. Neither game has been rescheduled. The Lady Vandals will return to action Monday at Breese Central, while the boys will host Carlyle Tuesday.