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Today's News

  • Vandals hold off Roxana

     In many ways, Tuesday's home contest against Roxana was one the Vandalia boys basketball team would just as soon forget.

    But thanks to another outstanding performance at the free-throw line, the final outcome didn't end up being one the Vandals will regret when they look back on the 2008-09 season.

  • This past Thursday afternoon, a nice crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vandalia’s new National Road Interpretive Center downtown.

    John Goldsmith, president of the organization, along with Jerry Swarm and Mayor Rick Gottman, each gave a brief speech. Jerry received special thanks for the long hours he spent working on the center, and he spoke volumes when he said, “I had a lot of help.”

    This is what the National Road Association of Illinois has exemplified since its inception in 1997. People working together for a common interest.

  • Downtown work will start soon

    The reopening of the Vandalia Statehouse seems imminent – all that’s needed is one signature.

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that the only thing delaying the reopening of the Statehouse is Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature.

    Gottman said the state’s Central Management Services has OK’d the hiring of a laid-off state employee to assist Site Superintendent Mary Cole.

  • Megan Roper combines love of photography and animals

    Megan Roper grew up on a farm and loves animals so much that her heart’s desire was to be a veterinarian. However, she also loved animals so much that she decided her sensitivity for them would cause her too much distress to see them suffer, from illness, injury, abuse or neglect.

    “I knew I couldn’t take seeing them in pain and abused, and I’d end up taking them all home with me.” So she decided to become a photographer and take photographs of animals. Thus, the startup of Diekemper Photography.

  • Vandalia school administrators rehired

    The Vandalia School Board on Tuesday approved the re-employment of all district administrators for the 2008-2009 school year.

    On that list are Rich Well as superintendent, Randy Protz as Vandalia Community High School principal, Brian Kern as Vandalia Community High School assistant principal, Rod Grimsley as Vandalia Junior High School principal, Brian Holliday as Vandalia Junior High School assistant principal, Stacy South as Vandalia Elementary School principal and Donna Cripe as Jefferson Elementary School principal.

  • LEAM training is Tuesday night

    University of Illinois Extension will provide computer training to Fayette County on the Land use Evolution and impact Assessment Model (LEAM) project.

    This training is the next step in the LEAM planning/design project focused on the future land uses and developments throughout the South Central Illinois Region, including Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper and Marion counties.

    The agenda for the training will include an introduction to the LEAM project, the basics of navigating the LEAM web site.

  • REGIONAL CHAMPS!

    The reminders were everywhere.

    They litterally surrounded the Vandalia girls basketball team Thursday night in the form of countless championship banners at Teutopolis' J.H. Griffin Gymnasium.

    The message was clear: T-Town does not lose regionals.

    The evidence was undeniable. In their 31-year history, the Lady Shoes had collected 27 regional-title plaques - including 17 in a row.

  • Vandals win 15th straight regional title

    Tradition.

    For the Vandalia wrestling program, it's not only been a source of pride during what many felt would be a rebuilding year - it's been a motivating factor as well.

    "They know our tradition," Vandals coach Jason Clay said of his team. "You've got some of those young kids that grew up watching it in the kids' club. They don't want to let anything slip.

  • Rademacher hired for Centralia superintendent post

    Vandalia native David H. Rademacher, who is in his third year as superintendent of schools in Patoka, has been named superintendent of Centralia City Schools.

    In that position, Rademacher will oversee the education of students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. He will begin his duties July 1.

    He previously served as principal of the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in Ramsey. Before that, he was a business teacher and coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Video-SpiritSingers perform at Lincoln Program