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Today's News

  • Council approves 8.57-percent water rate hike

    Over the displeasure of two aldermen, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved an 8.57-percent increase in water rates as a way of helping the city’s ailing water and sewer funds.

    That increase is on top of the 7.19-percent water rate increase approved by the council in September.

    In presenting the latest increase, City Administrator Jimmy Morani explained that the rate hike was being proposed as a way of generating funds that the city did not receive as a result of council action in 2007.

  • City grants Motown a 7-month extension

    Two months after the deadline passed for Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. to provide proof of financing for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, the Vandalia City Council gave the group seven more months to provide that proof.

    The council approved that extension in a 6-1 vote after hearing that Motown has received a letter of intent for the financing of a $300-million sports and entertainment facility that would be built on the city’s west side.

  • Wintery blast brings memories of past

    As the first blast of winter hit this week, the memories of past winters – when we had mounds of snow – came to mind. This year, according to the persimmon seed, with its telltale spoon, we should expect to have our snow shovels at the ready.

    The winter of "eighteen hundred and starve-to-death" in 1831, was not the first big freeze experienced in Illinois. An earlier freeze, about 1813, was known as the "year without a summer."

  • City must avoid Motown debt

    It was an impressive array of vendors and contractors that was assembled by Motown Technology for Monday’s meeting with the Vandalia City Council. Participants included representatives of Wyndham Hotel Group, IBM, Select Contracts, Hunt Construction Group, TSI Global and several other design and construction companies.

    One by one, at the invitation of developer Kenneth Bardwell, those representatives told of their expertise and the part they would play in the creation of a proposed $300 million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia comes back from down 10 at half to win, 40-38

    Last Friday night, the Vandalia boys basketball team opened up its season at home with an nail-bitter of a game. The edge-of-your-seat action came down to the final second and pair of free throws by Will Cowger to clinch Vandalia’s 40-38 win over East Alton-Wood River.

  • Lady Cougars roll to 6-0

    The South Central girls basketball team picked up its sixth win of the season to move to 6-0 on Monday night, and became the only remaining undefeated team in Fayette County.

    South Central downed Sandoval, 53-38, on Monday thanks to double-digit performances by Audrey Matheny and Macie Cain. Matheny had 17 points and nine rebounds and Cain had 16 points.

    The Lady Cougars outscored their opponent 15-6 in  the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead into the half. The onslaught would continue into the third, as Sandoval was outscored 22-4.

  • Lady Vandals drop fourth straight

    After winning the first game of the season, the Lady Vandals basketball team has now lost four straight.

    Monday night, Vandalia lost to Greenville, 62-45. The Lady Vandals were once again led by freshman Amber Bruno, who had 20 points in the loss.

    Vandalia is back in action on Thursday, as it plays host to Hillsboro, with the junior varsity playing at 6 p.m. and varsity following.

    Piasa 59

    Vandalia 20

  • City grants Motown 7-month extension

    Two months after the deadline passed for Motown Technology to provide proof of financing for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, the Vandalia City Council gave the group seven more months to provide that proof.

    The council approved that extension in a 6-1 vote after hearing that Motown has received a letter of intent for the financing of that project.

  • Bombers beat Sandoval again

    For the second time in a little more than a week, Brownstown  picked up a dominating win over Sandoval. On Tuesday night, the Bombers hit 24 free throws enroute to a 72-46 win.

    The Bombers went to the free-throw line 41 times on the night, shooting 59 percent.

    "We need some work on it (free-throw shooting)," Brownstown coach Terry Pruemer said. "We've done a lot of other things and not concentrated on foul shots. To our credit, we got to the line quite a bit."

  • City spending cuts laid out

    A Vandalia City Council committee last week supported revisions to this fiscal year’s budget, and agreed to pass on to the full council a recommendation for a second water rate increase in three months.

    However, the council ­– after meeting in closed session for about an hour – ­voted not to endorse a suggestion for furlough days for city employees.