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Today's News

  • South Central slips past Vandalia, 5-4

    The Vandalia High School baseball team faced its final county foe on Monday, traveling to Kinmundy to play South Central. The Vandals went 4-2 against the other five schools this season. South Central, whose record is almost the exact opposite of Vandalia’s at 13-4, was on its heels all night, but came away with the 5-4 win after coming from behind twice.

    “It was a good one for the fans to watch, not a good one if you’re sitting where I am,” Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Vandalia falls to Mulberry Grove

    After snapping a five-game losing streak, the Vandalia High School softball team dropped its 11th game of the year, falling to Mulberry Grove, 4-0.

    "We're hoping our defense can play a little better than what it did. We're not playing bad, we just have to keep improving defensively," Vandalia coach Brian Buscher said.

  • Vandals see tough competition at meets

    The Vandalia High School boys track and field team traveled east on Tuesday to complete in the Pirate Invitational at Cumberland. Of the 11 teams competing, Vandalia placed seventh, with 44 points.

    Vandalia had one first-place finish. Will Cowger took top honors in the shot put with a heave of 48 feet, 3 inches. The throw was a personal and school best for this season.

    Quenten Austin placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. He recorded a time of 42.74 seconds, a season-best for him.

  • Council OKs furlough days

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

    The city council approved on Monday night memorandums of understanding through which Laborers’ Local No. 111, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 111 and the Vandalia Police Telecommunicators agreed to take furlough days.

  • County takes action to help Rural King

    The Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a resolution designed to help Rural King move into the former Orgill building in Vandalia.

    The resolution designates the county as a recovery zone, which allows the county to take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.

    Because of that action, the county can act as an agent for revenue bonds that will help Rural King move into its new home.

  • Whitten knew early on that she would be in nursing

    “I just kind of knew from about the age of 14 that was what the Lord had given me the gifts to do and to be."

    That's what Mary Lou Whitten said, in regard to her notable and lengthy work and contributions in the nursing/teaching field. 

    “I also had a favorite aunt, Fleeta Mattes, who was a nurse, and I think just being around her and watching her probably  contributed to it. But I felt the Lord gave me the gifts and I just took it from there. I never even thought about being anything but a nurse.”

  • Engineer says half of Gerkin building OK

    A structural engineer said on Wednesday morning that he believes that about half of a building damaged by a February fire can be salvaged.

    Andy Fendrich of Fendrich Engineering in Springfield visited the site of the Feb. 23 fire about a week and a half after Vandalia officials mandated that a structural engineer look at the building that housed Dennis Gerkin Jr.’s State Farm Insurance agency.

  • Rural King plans move into former Orgill home

    The Vandalia Planning Commission has supported an ordinance change that will allow Rural King to move its Vandalia store into a new home.

    The commission’s endorsement of that change also fills a large warehouse building that has been unused since last fall.

    The commission unanimously voted to recommend that the city council approve a planned unit development overlay on property currently bearing a light industrial zoning designation.

    The commission also approved a preliminary site plan submitted by Rural King.

  • Protect yourself and your property

    How can you tell that spring has arrived? The sound of mowers and the smell of cut grass. The chirping of birds. An increase in the theft and vandalism of personal and public property.

    Vandalia’s police officers have been kept busy recently handling numerous complaints of criminal damage to property and theft, as well as several reports of the passing of counterfeit bills.

  • Rural King plan good for Vandalia

    Any time a new company comes to town, we're ready to celebrate and welcome them with open arms.

    We ought to welcome growth by existing local firms with the same enthusiasm. After all, both types of growth bring valuable jobs and expanded opportunities to our community. 

    This week, we have reason to celebrate. Rural King's plans to move into the former home of Orgill and significantly expand its business here was given approval by the Vandalia Planning Commission. The issue now goes before the Vandalia City Council for its approval.