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Today's News

  • Some Gallatin benches still available

    As city officials anxiously await the completion of the downtown enhancement work, they say there still a chance for local individuals, businesses and organizations to leave their mark on the project.

    The city is selling benches that will be installed along Gallatin Street between Third and Seventh streets. As of Tuesday, the city had sold 15 of the 28 bench locations.

    LaTisha Paslay, administration secretary for the city, said the benches are $600 each. That cost includes a plaque on which will appear information submitted by the donor.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown board disagree on status of co-op agreement

    Members of the Brownstown Board of Education told a large group of people having questions about the proposed cooperative agreement with the St. Elmo School District for extracurricular activities that they want to continue negotiations on that agreement.

    One day later, the St. Elmo Board of Education made it clear that it is not interested in further negotiations. Board members said they are happy with the proposal drawn up by a committee made up of representatives of both districts.

  • Public safety officials issue advice on storms

    The arrival of spring also means the start of the severe storm season.

    With tornados and other types of severe storms possible this time of year, Vandalia’s public safety officials, Police Chief Larry Eason and Fire Chief Merle Adermann, issued the following severe storm advice:

    • Be prepared. Use local radio and television reports to stay updated on current weather conditions.

    Also, make sure to have a flashlight with fresh batteries, a battery-operated radio and a phone readily available.

  • ATV riders continue to cause damage at lake

    The Vandalia City Council last week discussed an ongoing problem, one which no one seems to have an answer to.

    Alderman Jerry Swarm said he’s become aware of all-terrain vehicle riders causing ruts in the campground area, and lake committee Chairman Mike Hobler said the committee is aware of the problem.

    “The spillway’s a greater problem,” Hobler said, noting that the city has posted signs and put up fencing in an attempt to keep ATV riders from causing ruts and erosion in the area of the spillway.

  • Police alerts residents, businesses of burglaries

    The Vandalia Police Department is issuing a warning to local businesses in light of a string of burglaries earlier this month.

    Police Chief Larry Eason reported on Tuesday that the burglaries have included break-ins at two businesses in that have gambling machines.

    On March 3, police handled a break-in at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 S. Third St.

    According to police reports, someone pried open the front door of the building, then pried open the office door, taking four money bags.

  • If you build it, they will come

    If you build it, they will come.

    If you build it, they will come.

    That has been the mantra on the Vandalia Field of Dream Committee since day one. This past Friday, they came.

  • Vandals start the season with two tough losses at home

    The Vandalia High School baseball team didn't opening the season against a pushover team, as Tuesday night it took on defending state champion Raymond-Lincolnwood.

    The Vandals lost by a score of 8-4, but were in the game most of the way.

    Craig Freeman was on the hill for Vandalia. He got into trouble in the first inning, giving up two runs. The Lancers plated another run in the fourth to go up 3-0 before Vandalia finally broke through in the bottom  of the frame.

  • Lancers rally late to down Lady Vandals, 12-7

    The Vandalia High School softball team was on the verge of winning its season opener on Monday, but a seven-run seventh inning by Raymond-Lincolnwood sent the Lady Vandals home with a 12-7 loss.

    Heading into the top of the seventh inning, the game was tied 5-5. Vandalia had already come back from being down 2-0 early to take a 3-2 lead, and the Lancers had tied the game three times in the last three innings.

  • New face at FUMC ready to work with youth

    Stefanie Montgomery is well into her second year as director of youth ministry at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, accomplishing a goal she has had since a young girl – working with and helping teens.

  • St. Elmo board OKs co-op agreement

    One day after the Brownstown Board of Education told a large group of that community's residents that an extracurricular cooperative agreement is essentially a work in progress, the St. Elmo School Board approved that agreement.

    And in approving the document submitted by a committee made up of representatives from the two communities,  the St. Elmo board said it wants the Brownstown board to vote on that document by the end of this month.