Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 21

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, June 22

  • News Briefs

    First Midnight Madness is Friday

    The first Midnight Madness at the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will be held from 6-11:30 p.m. this Friday.
    Admission is $6, and season passes will be honored.
    Parents are asked to pick up their children by 11:45 p.m.

    Swimming lesson registration ending

    Registration for swiming lessons at the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will end this Friday.

    Tourist Center on summer schedule

  • City council to begin discussing officials' salaries

    With the next municipal election just 10 months away, it’s time for the Vandalia City Council to begin thinking about possible pay increases for themselves and other city officials.
    And, at the direction of Mayor Rick Gottman, that’s just what a council committee will do.
    At Monday’s council meeting, Gottman asked members of the personnel, finance and insurance committee to begin meeting to discuss the salaries of elected officials.
    But, actually, the council began talking about salaries after Gottman brought up the issue.

  • Statehouse soliciting volunteers

    An attempt to revitalize the support group for the Vandalia Statehouse will begin with an open house next Tuesday evening.
    That support group, formerly known as the Friends of the Old State Capitol Vandalia Inc., will now be known as the Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    And while the name of the organization is being changed, it’s purpose will remain the same – providing needed volunteer support for the building that served as the state capitol from 1836-39.

  • Fun at the Circus

    Evans Public Library held a special circus program as part of its summer reading program on Tuesday, though it had to move the program inside due to the heat.

    In the first photo, Jayden Payne has some success at the bean bag toss. In the second photo, Emmalee Newsome watches as a rainbow is painted on her face. In the third photo, 2-year-old Brody Emerick tries the ring toss game during the circus program at Evans Public Library on Tuesday morning.

  • Man arrested after stabbing

    Charges are pending against a Shobonier man who allegedly stabbed another individual early Sunday morning.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, officers were called to Cages at 215 S. Third St. at 12:31 a.m. for a report of a disturbance.
    As a result of information gathered upon responding to the bar, police arrested Carl H.M. Sprague, 24, on charges of aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and armed violence.

  • Zoning change OK'd after debate

    After the city attorney made a revision to a proposed ordinance amendment in the middle of the discussion, the Vandalia City Council approved that amendment that accommodates a new business on the city’s north side.
    That amendment was approved over the objection of one alderman who said that he believed the city had a better option available for this situation.
    The ordinance amendment allows for the sale of golf carts, compact and utility tractors and attachments, and small skid loaders in areas zoned as general commercial.

  • Senior Spotlight: Ian Murrell

    Ian Murrell dreams in purple and orange.

    Deciding to attend the University of Evansville on a music scholarship, the 2012 graduate of Vandalia hopes to add to his college experience by walking on to the Evansville baseball team and trading his Vandalia red for Evansville purple and orange.

    “Thinking about it, if I were to make the team – and that is a huge if – I will be the only Division I athlete coming out of my class,” Murrell said. “I would have been the last kid to tell that I would be a Division I athlete.

  • Sr. Legion splits against Effingham

    Facing two standout pitchers who will be pitching in college, the Sr. Legion team on Tuesday was able to split a doubleheader against Effingham.

    In game one, Effingham used Nick Gardewire, who will be attending Kaskaskia College, and he allowed just two hits to earn a 3-0 shutout victory.

    “We weren’t very good offensively, but they threw a very, very good pitcher,” said Post 95 coach Andy Rincker. “He’s an upper 80s/lower 90s guy who shut us down.”

  • Childress has two walk-offs for Jr. Legion team

    Derek Childress and the rest of the Jr. Legion squad could get used to this.

    The rising sophomore from Mulberry Grove had a pair of walk-off at-bats in the past week, stroking a double to beat Carlyle last Wednesday and reaching on a two-base error to beat South Central on Saturday.

    “I just try to hit the ball,” Childress said. “I thought it would be the third out (on Saturday).”