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Today's News

  • SCC likely to re-align

    Rumors were flying at theVandalia Sports Booster Club meeting on Saturday that the South Central Conference will re-align again.

    Speculation is that Gillespie High School and Staunton will once again join the ranks, along with Nokomis. Roxana, East Alton-Wood River and Alton Marquette would depart the SCC.

    An official announcement is expected next Wednesday, but things could change.

    Vandalia's athletic director-in-waiting, Kevin Jackson, did not want to speak before anything was finalized, as "there are still some things that could go haywire."

  • Vandals blanked by Comets 10-0 in five innings

    For only the second time all season, the Vandalia baseball team was short-gamed, falling to Greenville 10-0 in five innings on Monday.

    There wasn’t much good to say about Monday’s loss to the Comets. Trevor Montgomery was roughed up on the mound, lasting only 2 1/3 innings on the hill, giving up eight runs (six earned) on five hits. Montgomery struggled with control, as he hit four batters and walked two.

  • One-derful week for Vandals on the track

    The Vandalia boys track and field team won its second straight meet on Thursday, scoring 89 points to defeat Greenville (59) and Pana (34).

     

    Vandalia had 11 first-place finishes, sweeping the relays and the hurdles and taking the top three spots in the shot put.  

     

  • Mayor will give chamber program

    Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman will present the program at this month's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber will meet at noon this Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Signup for fair pageants is this Saturday

    This year's Fayette County Fair will be July 11-17, and the fair board has planned a number of activities for the week.

    The grandstand events will be as follows:

    • Sunday, July 11-Antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.

  • Route 51 meetings coming up

     The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold its next round of public information meetings on proposed improvements to U.S. Route 51 in the next two weeks.

    Area meetings include:

  • Bank robbery, fire lead to death of man

     The young bank clerk yawned and reached for his coat. James Kelley had worked into his supper hour again that evening and was anxious to leave the State Bank building in Vandalia where he worked.

  • Downtown work worth celebrating

    It was more than a decade ago that Sandy Leidner, while serving as Vandalia’s mayor, had a vision to improve the community’s downtown business district. On Monday, we will celebrate that vision becoming a reality.

    Leidner, and others, realized that Vandalia’s downtown would never be like it was prior to the introduction of large retail department stores. But she also realized that the downtown would suffer even greater damage by letting the streetscape, and the infrastructure beneath it, continue to age and deteriorate.

  • Hicks initiates clothing ministry at First Baptist

    Cindy Hicks saw a need in the Fayette County area and, wanting to help people, was tossing around ideas in her head on how best to do this.

    She saw a need to help people clothe their families, especially younger children and teenagers, when they are hard-pressed to pay their bills, handle school expenses and put food on their table. Although clothes are a necessity, they are not at the top of the have-to-have list.

  • Fayette Water Co. gets aid for Vandalia Lake area project

    The receipt of federal funds that will help to deliver safe, potable water to up to 250 homes in the Vandalia Lake area was celebrated on Earth Day.

    At a program held in the Lions Pavilion at the lake, Fayette Water Co. officials signed documents for a $995,000 loan and a $285,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program.

    Those federal monies, according to Fayette Water Manager Randy Wolf, will be used to fund the installation of 10 miles of water lines in the lake area.