Today's News

  • Solution needed for budget crisis

    Unless you’ve been locked away in a cage in recent months, you’ve noticed that virtually every government entity has begun initiating significant budget cuts.

    In this week’s issue alone, we have stories about the city of Vandalia approving furlough days for all of its full-time employees and the Vandalia School District cutting staff and programs.

  • Justice was swift in county's first murder

     The 1878 History of Fayette County makes mention of all the “firsts” to occur in each township in the county – the earliest settlers, first birth, first death, first marriage, first mill, first school, first burying ground and, in the case of Pope Township, the first murder.

  • County, city help Rural King with move

     The Fayette County Board and Vandalia City Council took action within the past week to help Rural King move from its current home into the former Orgill building.

    The county board voted last Thursday to allow the county to serve as a vehicle for a revenue bond issue, and the city council approved two zoning issues on Monday night.

  • South Central slips past Vandalia, 5-4

    The Vandalia High School baseball team faced its final county foe on Monday, traveling to Kinmundy to play South Central. The Vandals went 4-2 against the other five schools this season. South Central, whose record is almost the exact opposite of Vandalia’s at 13-4, was on its heels all night, but came away with the 5-4 win after coming from behind twice.

    “It was a good one for the fans to watch, not a good one if you’re sitting where I am,” Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Vandalia falls to Mulberry Grove

    After snapping a five-game losing streak, the Vandalia High School softball team dropped its 11th game of the year, falling to Mulberry Grove, 4-0.

    "We're hoping our defense can play a little better than what it did. We're not playing bad, we just have to keep improving defensively," Vandalia coach Brian Buscher said.

  • Vandals see tough competition at meets

    The Vandalia High School boys track and field team traveled east on Tuesday to complete in the Pirate Invitational at Cumberland. Of the 11 teams competing, Vandalia placed seventh, with 44 points.

    Vandalia had one first-place finish. Will Cowger took top honors in the shot put with a heave of 48 feet, 3 inches. The throw was a personal and school best for this season.

    Quenten Austin placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. He recorded a time of 42.74 seconds, a season-best for him.

  • Council OKs furlough days

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

    The city council approved on Monday night memorandums of understanding through which Laborers’ Local No. 111, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 111 and the Vandalia Police Telecommunicators agreed to take furlough days.

  • County takes action to help Rural King

    The Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a resolution designed to help Rural King move into the former Orgill building in Vandalia.

    The resolution designates the county as a recovery zone, which allows the county to take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.

    Because of that action, the county can act as an agent for revenue bonds that will help Rural King move into its new home.

  • Whitten knew early on that she would be in nursing

    “I just kind of knew from about the age of 14 that was what the Lord had given me the gifts to do and to be."

    That's what Mary Lou Whitten said, in regard to her notable and lengthy work and contributions in the nursing/teaching field. 

    “I also had a favorite aunt, Fleeta Mattes, who was a nurse, and I think just being around her and watching her probably  contributed to it. But I felt the Lord gave me the gifts and I just took it from there. I never even thought about being anything but a nurse.”

  • Engineer says half of Gerkin building OK

    A structural engineer said on Wednesday morning that he believes that about half of a building damaged by a February fire can be salvaged.

    Andy Fendrich of Fendrich Engineering in Springfield visited the site of the Feb. 23 fire about a week and a half after Vandalia officials mandated that a structural engineer look at the building that housed Dennis Gerkin Jr.’s State Farm Insurance agency.