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Today's News

  • Pipeline payout

    Fayette County’s sheriff has taken big steps to upgrade his department’s aging fleet of vehicles, largely due to fees received for providing pipeline security details.
    Since taking office a little more than two years ago, Chris Smith has been working to find ways to replace a older fleet of vehicles with high mileage … and, thus, high maintenance costs.

  • Witnessing U.S. History

    It wasn’t the first time a small group of local residents were present for the inauguration of a U.S. president. But it was a different experience.

  • Woman not guilty of drug charge

    A Fayette County jury deliberated just 20 minutes before returning a not guilty verdict in a drug case on Monday.
    In a one-day trial held in Fayette County Circuit Court, Erin A. Meseke, 24, of Vandalia, was acquitted on a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
    According to court records, the case was sent to the jury after Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor denied motion for a directed verdict (judge ruling for an acquittal) presented by Meseke’s attorney, Richard A. Cary of Centralia.

  • St. Elmo picks new superintendent

    The St. Elmo Board of Education has selected a successor to the district’s superintendent, who will be retiring at the end of June.
    Deb Philpot, a Brownstown native and Brownstown High School graduate who has been the St. Elmo superintendent for the past 12 years and in education for close to 35 years, announced on Tuesday that the school board on Monday night had approved the hiring of Julie Healy as the next district superintendent.

  • Protz a finalist at state pageant

    The reigning Miss Fayette County was chosen as a finalist in the four-day Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant.
    Brandy Protz was picked as one of 15 finalists from the field of 72 contestants in the pageant during the finals on Sunday evening.

  • Community leader Ernie Chappel dies on Tuesday

    The First National Bank family is mourning the loss of former president and chief executive officer William “Ernie” Chappel, who died on Tuesday night at his home after a brave battle with cancer.

  • Y holding adult dodgeball league
  • Meyer on Millikin team

    As the Millikin University men’s track team opened its indoor season recently, a Vandalia Community High School graduate made an impressive debut.
    Ethan Meyer, a 2016 VCHS graduate, ran the 300 meets in 38.26 seconds, which was the school’s eighth-best time in that event. Meyer finished 15th in the event.

  • Holliday named IHSA Official of Year

    A Vandalia woman is among the Illinois High School Association’s Officials of the Year.
    Ruth Holliday of Vandalia was announced as the Official of the Year in girls volleyball.
    Holliday and Officials of the Year in other IHSA sports will be recognized at a banquet held on Saturday, July 22, at Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

  • Boys bowling team splits with Taylorville

    The Vandalia boys bowling team outscored Taylorville in five of six games in recording a split last week.
    On Wednesday at Pana, the VCHS squad won the first game, 848-772, and the second game, 967-799, but lost the third game by 272 pins, 1,039-767, giving Taylorville the match win.
    Nic Lutz rolled a 605 series to lead the Vandalia squad.
    Scores for Vandalia bowlers – Brennen Hoffman 197, 234, 152-583; Evan Springman 182, 187, 156-525; Dylan Garrett 150, 198, 125-473; James Seeley 118, 142, 136-396; Nic Lutz 201, 206, 198-605.