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Today's News

  • Response to fire will be watched

    For the owners and employees of six downtown Vandalia businesses, the world changed early Tuesday morning.

    A fire that swept through Cages, Donaldson’s Carpet, Gathe’s Tax & Accounting and Gerkin Insurance Agency has left a darkened scar in the 300 block of Gallatin Street, directly across the street from the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Phantom part of the sheriff's office team

    The word “phantom” can be defined as an apparition or an illusion. However, if a lawbreaker would come face-to-face with “Phantom,” the German shepherd who is a member of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s team, the perpetrator would have no illusion about Phantom’s size, strength and abilities to carry out his trained skills and duties in order to keep the Fayette County citizens and environment safe.

  • Mayor, merchants talk about downtown project

    Two representatives of the city explained to a group of Vandalia merchants on Friday afternoon what they’ve been told about the lengthy closure of two block of Gallatin Street.

    Now, they’re hoping that the merchants will be able to hear from those who have direct control over the closure.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman was accompanied by Public Works Director John Moyer at a noon meeting held at Something Special Florist.

  • FCH discusses future of ambulance service

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday heard a presentation from the owner of an Effingham County ambulance service who plans to launch an ambulance operation in Fayette County this spring.

  • Vandalia wrestlers headed back to state after thrilling win

    If the Tuesday night sectional against Roxana proved anything, it's that wrestling is a game of chess, not checkers.

    Vandalia is headed to the dual team state tournament, thanks to a handful of strategic moves by  coach Jason Clay and his staff.

  • Vandals lose to Pana by 10, defeat rival South Central

    Vandalia finished its regular season on a bit of a low note on Saturday with a 77-67 loss to Pana.

    Having already locked up the conference championship and a first-round bye in the regional tournament, Vandalia didn't have much on the line against the Panthers.

    Pana came out hitting just about everything, including a couple of threes to jump out to an 11-5 lead at the four-minute mark.

    Vandalia was able to keep the lead at six after a late basket by Marty Johnson in the first period.

  • Fire destroys four downtown businesses

    A fire that was reported shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday destroyed four businesses in downtown Vandalia.

    The fire, which reportedly started at Cages in the 200 block of West Third Street, destroyed Cages, Donaldson Carpet, Gathe's Tax & Accounting Service, and Dennis Gerkin's State Farm Insurance agency. A fifth building, which houses Vandalia GMAC Real Estate, sustained some smoke and water damage.

    Firemen were still at the scene through Tuesday afternoon, and two investigators with the office of the State Fire Marshal were at the scene.

  • Weekend Sports Wrap-up

    Trever Pyle takes third at state

    For the second consecutive year Trever Pyle took third place at the individual state wrestling tournament. Pyle defeated Matt Shaidle of Eureka, 8-4, in the third place match of the 119-pound weight class, in Champaign on Saturday. He was the only Vandal to place.

    Vandalia will be back on the the mat Tuesday as it hosts the dual team sectional at 6 p.m. It will face Roxana, which it lost to 40-22, back in January.

    Vandalia ends regular season with loss at Pana

  • Philbrick anxious to work with FBC youth

    He will be a first-time speaker at the first 2010 Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at noon at First Christian Church in Vandalia. It will be an opportunity to meet him as he shares his faith with the community in the spirit of this reverent Easter season.

    He may be referred to as “the new kid on the block,” but Matt Philbrick, the new minister of youth at the First Baptist Church in Vandalia, is not new to his chosen work with youth, something he feels that was not just of his choosing, but also of the Lord’s calling.

  • Friday-1 p.m.- City gets 4th Street intersection opened

    Vandalia officials have thus far been unsuccessful at getting the 300 and 400 blocks of Gallatin Street opened to traffic, but they have gotten the Fourth Street intersection reopened.

    Mayor Rick Gottman and Public Works Director John Moyer said the intersection would be opened up on Friday afternoon, making that announcement during a meeting they held with downtown merchants to explain the status of the downtown project.

    That intersection will remain open unless snow and/or ice would necessitate its closure.