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Today's News

  • VCHS finishes 5th at CM Invitational

    Jake Etcheson won a championship in the 160-pound division, and Alex Foster came up just short of a title in the 140-pound division, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Vandalia wrestling team to yet another first-place finish at the Bethalto Civic Memorial Invitational Saturday.

  • Man wants new trial in baby's murder

    Michael York – the rural Ramsey man who agreed last month to a 20-year prison sentence for the murder of his unborn child – will seek a second trial under new counsel.  

  • Tax levy hearing Tuesday

     A public hearing will be held prior to next Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education to hear comments from the public about a proposed increase in the property tax rate for residents of the district.

  • Incumbent mayor could face challengers

     Mayor Rick Gottman could be challenged by at least two other people as he seeks a third term as mayor.

    John David Wehrle Jr. has picked up a mayoral petition, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

  • Bob Cox: Half a century of Christmas Cantatas

      This Christmas season is a milestone in Bobby “Bob” Cox’s life. It marks 50 years of singing in a church choir and 50 years of performing and/or directing Christmas Cantatas and concerts – well over half of his age of 79. 

  • Vandals finish strong at St. Anthony

     Embedded in a deceptively lopsided 63-39 loss to the host team Friday at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament was something the Vandalia boys basketball team desperately needed after a pair of discouraging defeats to start the season.

    Progress.

  • Another mayoral petition picked up

    Mayor Rick Gottman could be challenged by at least two other people as he seeks a third term as mayor.

    John David Wehrle Jr. has picked up a mayoral petition, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Wehrle is the third person to consider running for the mayoral seat in the consolidated election. The others are Gottman and Neil Clark.

    In addition to mayor, city residents will elect a city clerk and city treasurer, and fill five seats on the city council.

  • Warriors explode in second half, crush Webber

    Fueled by a highly-effective full-court press,  the Patoka basketball team used a 14-2 run midway through second half to break open a close game before rolling to a 72-47 nonconference victory over Webber Township at home.

    Patoka led by just three, 33-30, at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter, but took control late in the period. The Warriors then exploded for 21 points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. They wound up outscoring Webber 35-8 during an 8 1/2-minute stretch of play.

  • Local gift may save Statehouse

    When the key turned in the door of the Vandalia Statehouse on Sunday evening, the state said it would be the last time the facility would be open to the public for the foreseeable future.

    Gov. Rod Blagojevich had slashed the funding, and that was that.

    But state officials don't know the people of Vandalia – though they should be getting an idea of the character of the residents by now. Remember the effort to save the Vandalia Correctional Center? Remember the effort to build the first phase of the Kaskaskia College campus?

  • Fire damages house; firefighters save dog

    A fire mid-morning on Tuesday caused significant damage to a Vandalia home.

     

    But as some of Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were busy knocking down the blaze, others were working to rescue a family pet.

     

    Firefighters were called to the home owned by Mike and Debbie Themig at 1311 Morning Glory Drive at 10:32 a.m.