Today's News

  • Disasters create bigger need for blood donations

    Multiple disasters in the country in recent weeks have increased the need for donations of blood.
    Because of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, as well as massive forest fires in Western states, blood donations are sorely needed.
    Local residents can help by participating in the Vandalia Rotary Club’s American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    To make an appointment to give blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

  • Lillian Mae Kelly

    Lillian Mae Kelly
    Jacob Kelly and Alison Hanks of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 11:06 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

    Lillian Mae weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Donna and Wes Fitzwater of Vandalia, Steve and Julie Lach of Brownstown, and Scott Kelly of Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Ginny Wilber of Brownstown, Dorothy and Steve Lach of Vandalia, Elsie and Gerald Kelly of Ramsey, and Larry Wilber of Decatur.

  • Reunions

    The Willis reunion was held on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Pleasant Mound Community Building, with 62 people present.
    A potluck was served after Harry Willis asked the blessing on the meal.
    The oldest person present was Albert Willis, 89. Markus Patterson was the youngest, 3 months. Mike Willis traveled the farthest, from Central City, Pa.
    The decision was made to have the 2018 reunion at the same place at 1 p.m.

  • Cole – 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cole of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

  • Richards – 50 years

    Phyllis and Phillip Richards will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • UPDATE: Rewards offered for vandalism information

    UPDATE: The Vandalia Police Department is providing a $1,500 for information leading to an arrest(s) and conviction(s), Fayette County Crime Watchers is offering a $750 reward, and Mayor Rick Gottman said that the city will match the Crime Watchers' $750 reward.
    Anyone with information about the vandalism can call Crime Watchers at 283-1986 or Vandalia Police at 283-0556.

  • And the Band Played On
  • Sports Roundup

    The Vandalia boys golf team beat Greenville and was edged by Breese Central in a triangular match on Monday at Greenville Country Club.
    Breese Central won the triangular with a 185 total, followed by Vandalia at 187 and Greenville at 212.
    Vandalia’s Scott Shulman was the match medalist with a 42. Other Vandalia scores: Nathaniel Weaver 46, Connor Satterthwaite 49 and Bryce Dunn 50.
    Vandalia stands at 7-5 on the season.

    The Vandal golfers lost to North Mac in a home match last Thursday, 180-184.

  • Area Baseball

    South Central 6, WSS 4
    South Central scored three runs in the sixth inning and once in the seventh to defeat Windsor/Stew-Stras in a road contest on Tuesday.
    Hunter Brandt gave up four runs on six hits while striking out five, and Trent Geiler held WSS to one hit in two innings of work to pick up the win.
    South Central – Dodson 2-4, 1 run, double, 1 RBI; Geiler 2-3, 2 runs; Brandt 1-4, 1 run; Matheny 1-3, double, 2 RBI; McCown 0-4; C. Blomberg 2-3, 1 RBI; J. Blomberg 1-2, 1 run; Roberts 0-3, 1 run; Lotz 0-2.
    Teutopolis 10, South Central 0

  • Laack advances to IESA State Golf Tournament for second straight year

    Vandalia’s Chase Laack advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association State Golf Tournament for the second straight year with a fourth-place finish at the Sectional Tournament last Tuesday.