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Today's News

  • Downtown Trick or Treat is Saturday
  • County takes on budget deficit

    Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that the county’s budget for the new fiscal year will be a balanced one.
    But, he said, before they start that new fiscal year in December, they need to address a problem with the current one.
    The county board met in special session on Tuesday night so it could discuss with department heads that problem – deficits with the current budget.
    With two months to go in this fiscal year – October and November – the county is looking at a budget deficit of about $60,000, Knebel said.

  • More gaming OK'd

    Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting the addition of liquor licenses for the purpose of gaming, the Vandalia City Council narrowly decided to allow them.
    The council voted 4-3 on Monday to allow up to three Class A liquor licenses, with two aldermen – B. John Clark and Russ Stunkel – changing their votes from two weeks ago. Also voting Monday to allow up to three Class A licenses were Crawford and Neil Clark
    B. John Clark made a motion to reconsider the action taken on the liquor license issue on Oct. 6, when it passed by a 6-2 margin.

  • Walking to support & prevent

    They walk to remember loved ones. But they also walk with hopes that others won’t be joining them in the future.

  • Moyer stepping down in January

    Vandalia’s director of public works will be retiring at the start of next year.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • Man allegedly threw rock at a van, not his house

    A Vandalia man charged last week with causing injuries to a 1-year-old child allegedly did so by throwing a rock at a van, not a house.
    It was incorrectly stated in last week’s issue that felony charges filed against Robert A.C. Stombaugh, 29, alleged that he threw a rock through a window at a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.
    A Vandalia Police report states that police were called to the house for a report of a dispute.

  • Vandalia Lions host Harlem Ambassadors
  • Soccer team falls in regional

    The Vandals soccer squad finished out their season with a narrow loss in the regional.
    Vandalia fell to Hillsboro, 2-1, with Craig Spearman getting an assist from Austin Durbin in scoring the Vandals goal.
    Blake Torbeck had 15 saves in the game.
    FALL BASEBALL
    South Central’s Noah Powless was awarded most valuable player honors in the National Trail Conference.
    Powless was joined on the all-conference team by teammates Dylan Smith and Dylen Peters.

  • Going back to state

    Vandalia’s Hannah Blythe is making a second straight appearance in the state tennis finals.