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Today's News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Vandals win frosh/soph conference title

    With 85 points, Vandalia won the frosh/soph South Central Conference title.

    The Vandals had first-place finishes in the high jump, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles by Quenten Austen and a first-place finish and new school record in the 4x100-meter relay.

    The conference championship was held in Litchfield on Saturday.

  • Beautify your property during Cleanup Week

    Does your garage look like a disaster area? Is every nook and cranny crammed with the carcasses of once-useful items that never will be used again?

    How about the basement? The attic?

    It’s time to take charge. It’s time to drag those treasures to the curb and send them on their way.

    Yes, it’s time for Vandalia’s annual cleanup week. The promotion runs May 10-14.

    Once each year, the city allows city residents to unload all the unwanted items that have accumulated around their homes.

  • Hiram Beck Cemetery found again

    There are many cemeteries scattered about Fayette County – more than 230 at last count. 

    Thanks to the work of volunteers from the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, headstone readings from all known county cemeteries have been recorded and published. This leaves about 30 cemeteries that are known to exist, but their location has been lost over the years. 

  • Ceremony marks completion of downtown project

    Sandra Leidner reminded a large crowd on Monday afternoon that when she ran for mayor 13 years ago, she had as one of her goals promoting Vandalia’s rich history. And it is that history, she said, that allowed Vandalia to receive federal funding for the project that has improved the city’s downtown business district.

    Leidner was one of the speakers as the city celebrated the completion of the downtown enhancement project. That project was essentially completed at the beginning of April.

  • Council OKs spending cuts

    Several months after talking about substantial budget cuts, the Vandalia City Council approved a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that reflects those cuts.

    The council OK'd an appropriations ordinance that projects city spending to total no more than $9,972,406.

    That total is $2,340,283 below the appropriations figure for the fiscal year that ended on April 30, $12,312,689.

  • City will interview five administrator candidates

    A search committee heading up the selection of a new city administrator for Vandalia has narrowed the field of candidates.

    Alderman Larry Bennett, chairman of the city council’s personnel and finance committee, announced at Monday’s council meeting that the field had been narrowed from 29 to 10, and that the committee currently plans to interview five of those finalists.

    Mayor Rick Gottman will be setting up those interviews with the committee, which includes the mayor, city aldermen, four city department heads and several community leaders.

  • Dial family works together at flea market stand

    Five years ago, in an effort to help their grandson, Justin Dial, find a outlet for his computer repair expertise and sales during the summer months, Dewayne “Speed” and Marilyn Dial of St. Elmo had no idea that they would adopt, or be adopted into, a group of vendors that is rather like a large family.

    That “family” gathers on weekends from the first weekend in April until the last weekend in October, weather permitting.

  • SCC likely to re-align

    Rumors were flying at theVandalia Sports Booster Club meeting on Saturday that the South Central Conference will re-align again.

    Speculation is that Gillespie High School and Staunton will once again join the ranks, along with Nokomis. Roxana, East Alton-Wood River and Alton Marquette would depart the SCC.

    An official announcement is expected next Wednesday, but things could change.

    Vandalia's athletic director-in-waiting, Kevin Jackson, did not want to speak before anything was finalized, as "there are still some things that could go haywire."

  • Vandals blanked by Comets 10-0 in five innings

    For only the second time all season, the Vandalia baseball team was short-gamed, falling to Greenville 10-0 in five innings on Monday.

    There wasn’t much good to say about Monday’s loss to the Comets. Trevor Montgomery was roughed up on the mound, lasting only 2 1/3 innings on the hill, giving up eight runs (six earned) on five hits. Montgomery struggled with control, as he hit four batters and walked two.

  • One-derful week for Vandals on the track

    The Vandalia boys track and field team won its second straight meet on Thursday, scoring 89 points to defeat Greenville (59) and Pana (34).

     

    Vandalia had 11 first-place finishes, sweeping the relays and the hurdles and taking the top three spots in the shot put.