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Today's News

  • Getting on track

    As the 45th anniversary for a significant landmark in Vandalia was observed last week, the work to preserve that landmark – and fund that preservation work – continues.

  • FIT kits

    Flu clinics offered by the Fayette County Health Department helped to kick start a new program that helps diagnose colorectal cancer.
    And the results from that first group of fecal immunochemical tests surprised FCHD officials.
    As of Oct. 31, the department had distributed 55 kits, and of those, 41 of the kits had been returned. Of the 41 kits returned and tests run, 15 were found to be abnormal.
    That means the rate of abnormal tests was 36.6 percent, much higher than the national rate for abnormal FIT tests – 7-13 percent.

  • Council adds liquor license for new restaurant

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a Class E liquor license, which would go to a new restaurant in town.
    The council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment that increases the number of Class E licenses available from seven to eight.
    With that action now taken, Mayor Rick Gottman, as the city’s liquor commissioner, will act on the liquor license application submitted for Anthony’s, a restaurant at the northeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Gallatin Street.

  • Police handle large number of thefts from vehicles

    In light of numerous thefts one evening last week, Vandalia’s police chief is reminding residents to lock their vehicles.
    The city police reported last week that they handled thefts from 13 vehicles, with most of them being at Capitol Pointe Apartments at the west end of Randolph Street.
    All of those vehicles, Police Chief Jeff Ray said, were not locked at the time of the thefts.
    In addition to the thefts late last Wednesday evening, police have received sporadic reports of thefts from vehicles, Ray said.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 23

    ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is holding its 11th annual free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Reservations are not required. Deliveries will be made to shut-ins only.
    Friday, November 24

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo at the Legion Home, due to Thanksgiving.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, November 25

  • A Season to Remember
  • VCHS talent on display
  • Spirit Night for St. Elmo/Brownstown

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown cheerleaders and boys basketball teams held their annual Spirit Night, which included a chili supper followed by introductions of cheerleaders and basketball players, games with the two groups and some drills by the basketball players.

  • Lady Vandals fall in first tourney game

    Olivia Marquardt and Lanee McNary combined for 26 points on Monday, but a fourth-quarter push by the Lady Vandals came up just short.

  • Eight Vandals on SCC football team

    Eight Vandalia Vandals were awarded all-conference honors, four of them receiving first-team recognition.
    Named to the South Central Conference first team were:
    • Ethan Bayles, senior, offensive line.
    • Trevor Smalls, junior, running back.
    • Marcus Zimmerman, senior, wide receiver. Zimmerman was also named the first team special teams player.
    • Garett McNary, senior, linebacker.
    Named to the second team were:
    • Erick Roman, junior, offensive line.