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Today's News

  • Council OKs furlough days

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

    The city council approved on Monday night memorandums of understanding through which Laborers’ Local No. 111, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 111 and the Vandalia Police Telecommunicators agreed to take furlough days.

  • County takes action to help Rural King

    The Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a resolution designed to help Rural King move into the former Orgill building in Vandalia.

    The resolution designates the county as a recovery zone, which allows the county to take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.

    Because of that action, the county can act as an agent for revenue bonds that will help Rural King move into its new home.

  • Whitten knew early on that she would be in nursing

    “I just kind of knew from about the age of 14 that was what the Lord had given me the gifts to do and to be."

    That's what Mary Lou Whitten said, in regard to her notable and lengthy work and contributions in the nursing/teaching field. 

    “I also had a favorite aunt, Fleeta Mattes, who was a nurse, and I think just being around her and watching her probably  contributed to it. But I felt the Lord gave me the gifts and I just took it from there. I never even thought about being anything but a nurse.”

  • Engineer says half of Gerkin building OK

    A structural engineer said on Wednesday morning that he believes that about half of a building damaged by a February fire can be salvaged.

    Andy Fendrich of Fendrich Engineering in Springfield visited the site of the Feb. 23 fire about a week and a half after Vandalia officials mandated that a structural engineer look at the building that housed Dennis Gerkin Jr.’s State Farm Insurance agency.

  • Rural King plans move into former Orgill home

    The Vandalia Planning Commission has supported an ordinance change that will allow Rural King to move its Vandalia store into a new home.

    The commission’s endorsement of that change also fills a large warehouse building that has been unused since last fall.

    The commission unanimously voted to recommend that the city council approve a planned unit development overlay on property currently bearing a light industrial zoning designation.

    The commission also approved a preliminary site plan submitted by Rural King.

  • Protect yourself and your property

    How can you tell that spring has arrived? The sound of mowers and the smell of cut grass. The chirping of birds. An increase in the theft and vandalism of personal and public property.

    Vandalia’s police officers have been kept busy recently handling numerous complaints of criminal damage to property and theft, as well as several reports of the passing of counterfeit bills.

  • Rural King plan good for Vandalia

    Any time a new company comes to town, we're ready to celebrate and welcome them with open arms.

    We ought to welcome growth by existing local firms with the same enthusiasm. After all, both types of growth bring valuable jobs and expanded opportunities to our community. 

    This week, we have reason to celebrate. Rural King's plans to move into the former home of Orgill and significantly expand its business here was given approval by the Vandalia Planning Commission. The issue now goes before the Vandalia City Council for its approval.

  • Vandalia track and field has another strong showing; boys place second twice this week

    The Vandalia High School boys track and field team was edged out for first by just a couple of points two times this week.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Vandalia (73 points) came in second to Greenville (83 points). Last Thursday, Vandalia (99) fell just short of Carlinville (102)

    Tuesday afternoon at Hillsboro, Vandalia had five first-place finishes, three by Quenten Austin and two by Drew Stewart.

    Austin dominated in the hurdles once again, winning the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.1 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.8.

  • Vandalia powers past Pana, gets scalped by Altamont

    Friday's game against Pana marked one of Vandalia's best-looking games of the season. Tuesday night against Altamont was another story, as the Vandals fell to the Indians, 12-7.

    On Tuesday, Vandalia jumped out to a strong 7-1 lead in the first two innings, with four of those runs coming off the bat or Trevor Montgomery. However, the lead was not insurmountable for the Indians.

  • Vandalia victim of a perfect game

    Perfect games are a rare thing in softball; it’s the ultimate high for one team, while being an embarrassing low for the other team.

    Unfortunately for the Vandalia High School softball team, it suffered the low feeling on Tuesday night.

    The Vandals were on the bad side of perfection against Altamont, which defeated Vandalia 9-0 en route to its perfect game.