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Today's News

  • Vandals cruise past EA-Wood River

     

    Playing in an oil refinery town that prides itself on its blue-collar image, the visiting Vandals were the team that put forth a hard-hat, lunch pail effort Friday in a 54-40 victory at East Alton-Wood River.

  • Arthur Young collecting Toys for Tots donations

    The Vandalia car and truck dealership that operates the Toys for Tots program each year is accepting donations.

    Arthur Young Inc., located at 122 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of new or like-new toys and other items for children.

    Donations that are received through the program are turned over to Fayette County Caring and Sharing and included in Christmas baskets for needy families in the county.

    "We're asking that local residents help us provide children in the county with a Merry Christmas," said Dennis Young of the dealership.

  • VCHS finishes 5th at CM Invitational

    Jake Etcheson won a championship in the 160-pound division, and Alex Foster came up just short of a title in the 140-pound division, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Vandalia wrestling team to yet another first-place finish at the Bethalto Civic Memorial Invitational Saturday.

  • Man wants new trial in baby's murder

    Michael York – the rural Ramsey man who agreed last month to a 20-year prison sentence for the murder of his unborn child – will seek a second trial under new counsel.  

  • Tax levy hearing Tuesday

     A public hearing will be held prior to next Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education to hear comments from the public about a proposed increase in the property tax rate for residents of the district.

  • Incumbent mayor could face challengers

     Mayor Rick Gottman could be challenged by at least two other people as he seeks a third term as mayor.

    John David Wehrle Jr. has picked up a mayoral petition, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

  • Bob Cox: Half a century of Christmas Cantatas

      This Christmas season is a milestone in Bobby “Bob” Cox’s life. It marks 50 years of singing in a church choir and 50 years of performing and/or directing Christmas Cantatas and concerts – well over half of his age of 79. 

  • Vandals finish strong at St. Anthony

     Embedded in a deceptively lopsided 63-39 loss to the host team Friday at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament was something the Vandalia boys basketball team desperately needed after a pair of discouraging defeats to start the season.

    Progress.

  • Another mayoral petition picked up

    Mayor Rick Gottman could be challenged by at least two other people as he seeks a third term as mayor.

    John David Wehrle Jr. has picked up a mayoral petition, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Wehrle is the third person to consider running for the mayoral seat in the consolidated election. The others are Gottman and Neil Clark.

    In addition to mayor, city residents will elect a city clerk and city treasurer, and fill five seats on the city council.

  • Warriors explode in second half, crush Webber

    Fueled by a highly-effective full-court press,  the Patoka basketball team used a 14-2 run midway through second half to break open a close game before rolling to a 72-47 nonconference victory over Webber Township at home.

    Patoka led by just three, 33-30, at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter, but took control late in the period. The Warriors then exploded for 21 points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. They wound up outscoring Webber 35-8 during an 8 1/2-minute stretch of play.