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Today's News

  • Mayor asks HMG to tighten schedule for streetscape work

    A schedule submitted to city officials the middle of last month calls for more streetscape work in Vandalia’s downtown business district to begin at the end of September.
    But, Vandalia’s mayor, unsatisfied with that schedule, has asked engineers overseeing the project to tighten it up.
    Rick Gottman presented to aldermen for last week’s city council meeting a schedule for work to be done on one block sections of Fourth and Fifth streets north and south of Gallatin Street.

  • City still good on water

    Despite the passing of four weeks without any significant moisture since the city of Vandalia issued a voluntary water conservation order, the city can continue without going beyond that.

  • Chopping of corn plants into silage shows the effect of this year's drought

    The light rain that fell on the farm of Tony and Marsha Snow on Tuesday afternoon was more than just a little ironic.

  • PHOTOS: Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 5K run on Saturday morning, with all of the proceeds benefitting the DeeDee Hartz Memorial Scholarship.

  • Austin places 5th at Jr. Olympics

    Quenten Austin, a 2012 Vandalia Community High School graduate, placed fifth in the decathlon at the AAU Jr. Olympics in Humble, Tex., a suburb of Houston, this past weekend.

    Austin, who plans to compete in the event starting next spring at Carthage College, finished with 5,787 points and finished no worse than 17th out of 38 in any of the 10 parts of the event in the young 17-18 age division.

    Wolf Mahler of Temple, Tex., was the overall winner, with 7.274 points.

  • Post 95's season ends in division tourney

    After being thrown into the mix against the toughest Jr. Legion teams in the region, it wasn’t a huge shock that Vandalia lost both of its games in the division tournament, but an upset win or two wouldn’t have been that surprising either.

    Granted an automatic berth to the tournament because it was hosted in Vandalia, Post 95 had trouble finding an offensive rhythm, falling to Belleville, 11-1, on Saturday and to Altamont, 8-3, on Sunday.

  • Montgomery picks Fontbonne

    Trevor Montgomery, a 2012 Vandalia Community High School graduate, on Wednesday signed his admissions letter to Fontbonne University, where he plans to play baseball.

    He is the second player from his class to sign with an NCAA Division III school in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, joining Dathan Berning, who recently signed with Greenville College.

  • The Freight takes 3rd in state tourney

    The Freight of Vandalia came out of retirement and showed little rust in placing third at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state fast-pitch softball tournament this past weekend.

    Vandalia opened the tournament, which was held in Casey, last Friday night, with a loss to eventual runners-up, the Belleville Stallions.

    But from there, the Freight went on a streak none of them likely imagined.

    In the first game on Saturday morning, Vandalia beat Altamont, advancing to a game at 3 p.m.

  • Registration open for fall sports at the YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County has opened registration for several fall youth sports.

    For full information or to register for any of the following programs, visit http://fayetteymca.com/wp/?p=2389.

    Flag football

    Children in grades 2-4 may sign up for the YMCA's flag football program, with the first games to be played on or after Sept. 13.

  • PHOTOS: Golf-Athon

    The Vandalia High School golf team took to the course on Monday for its annual Golf-Athon, a fundraiser which helps the golfers get money for their uniforms. At the end of the season, the Vandals then get to keep the polo shirts. The golf season opens on Aug. 13 at East Alton-Wood River.