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Today's News

  • School audit: 'Much improvement'

    The presentation on the Vandalia School District’s audit from the past fiscal year was not what Superintendent Rich Well expected.
    Robin Yockey of the Shelbyville firm that performed that district audit told Well and members of the school board last week that the audit shows “much improvement” over the previous year.
    “The biggest thing is that expenditures were down by $793,000, and the fund balances increased as a result of that,” said Yockey, of the Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull firm.

  • Lions' parade kicks off Halloween week

    Halloween kicks off in grand style this Thursday night when the Vandalia Lions Club holds its 71st annual Halloween parade.
    The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Gallatin streets, and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.
    Participant lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. in the area of the former Washington School on Eighth Street.
    Local businesses are again joining with the Lions in sponsoring the parade, offering eight prizes in the float competition and four prizes in the walking group competition.

  • Halloween is Diveley's favorite time of year

    DeeDee Diveley’s Favorite
    Time of the Year …
    … is now! She has always loved dressing up for Halloween, and recalls that some of her favorite memories of nursing at Fayette County Long Term Care occurred at this time of the year.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 30

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Full slate of Halloween activities on Friday

    • The Vandalia Swimming Pool staff will offer “Nightmare on Eighth Street,” a haunted house in the former Washington School on Eighth Street, on Thursday after the parade, until 10:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8-11 p.m.
    Admission is $6, with all proceeds going toward the swimming pool renovation project.
    • The city of Vandalia will allow trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m.

  • Soccer Awards

    Players on the Vandalia soccer squad who were honored last Tuesday are pictured.

    From left are: Ryan Fiscus, Iron Man Award; Blake Torbeck, MVP; Austin Durbin, Hustle Award and Most Goals; Nic Wollerman, Iron Man Award and Craig Spearman, Most Assists.

  • SEB, Lady Vandals lose in regional

    St. Elmo/Brownstown saw their season come to an end on Monday, and the next night, the Lady Vandals were knocked out of postseason play.

  • Blythe beaten in two matches at state meet

    Vandalia’s Hannah Blythe entered her second straight appearance in the state tennis tournament on Friday with a perfect record, but fell in two matches.

  • Vandals fall to unbeaten Comets

    The Vandals knew that they would be facing a talented Greenville team in their final regular season contest on Friday. And the Comets proved on the first play from scrimmage that they were ready to finish the season undefeated.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Gloria Durbin of Gloria's Christian & Office Supply, shows the building that now houses her business in the 200 block of South Fourth Street.

    The space that now houses her business was a cafe at the time of the photo, and the right side was a boot and shoe repair shop, according to Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz.