Today's News

  • City officials take first step to cut shortfall

    When things get tough, drastic measures often are required to fix them.
    Vandalia city officials now find themselves in such a situation.
    Facing a budget deficit of $600,000, uncertain funding from the state and an unfilled city manager’s position, city officials took some drastic measures of their own at Monday night’s city council meeting.

  • Cougars are MTC volleyball champs

    The South Central High School volleyball team won the Midland Trail Conference championship after defeating Grayville and Clay City last Friday during the MTC Tournament.

    No. 2 seed South Central downed top-seeded Grayville, 25-22, 25-17, and No. 3 seed Clay City, 25-15, 25-10.
    South Central (24-5) also beat Sandoval (25-8, 25-12) and Cisne (25-18, 25-19) during the tournament.

  • Seventh-graders stay perfect

    The key to Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team’s fast 9-0 start is that coach Dana Kirk has a team that learns from every situation.

    “We just learn from every game and keep getting better and better every time we step out on the floor,” Kirk said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes, but it’s still early in the season.”

    One of the bigger mistakes Kirk has noticed thus far is that her team often plays at a high-tempo, even when it should be playing slower to run down the clock.

  • Patoka upset in pool B of EIC Tournament

    ST. ELMO – The Patoka High School volleyball team was upset by fifth-seeded Beecher City in pool B of the Egyptian Illini Conference Tournament on Monday night in St. Elmo.

    The second-seeded Warriors got off to a fast start, dominating eighth-seeded Odin in straight sets in the opening game of pool play, 25-13, 25-11. But after Beecher City defeated Odin, 25-10, 25-15 in game two, it came into game three against Patoka seeking an upset.

    The Eagles then did what Odin could not by keeping the Warriors entrenched in a battle.

  • News Briefs-oct. 21, 2010

    Eagles Aerie to vote on improvements

    Eagles Aerie No. 3909 of Vandalia will have a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to vote on improvements to the Aerie.

    Women Teachers's Dinner is Nov. 1

    The annual Bond, Fayette and Effingham Women Teachers' Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Birthday

    Anita Griffin
    Anita Griffin of Vandalia will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Augsburg parish hall.
    All friends are invited to attend the reception, which is being hosted by her family. No gifts, please. A card shower has also been requested.

  • Eagles satisfied with NTC Tourney finish

    EFFINGHAM – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team finished second in the silver pool of the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing an exciting match to Dieterich, 25-22, 25-20.

    The third-seeded Eagles also faced sixth-seeded Cowden-Herrick in silver pool play, defeating the Hornets 25-21, 25-15, but losing to second-seeded Dieterich forced St. Elmo to settle for fifth place in the tournament.

  • Paint the Town Pink

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, Oct. 28, as Paint the Town Pink Day in Vandalia. On that day, the Fayette County Health Department will hold a community reception in Lincoln Park in downtown Vandalia to promote national breast cancer awareness.The reception, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., will include free lunch and give-aways. Shown with Gottman is Kendra Craig, community educator at the health department.

  • Free youth wrestling clinic next week

     The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club is holding a free wrestling for children ages 5-14 at the Vandalia High School Wrestling Room next Monday through Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. each night.  For more information, call Jerry Stewart at 580-3475 or Johnny Swain at 339-0154.

  • Man in drunk-driving crash in '95 arrested for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who has served a prison term for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two local teens was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest log, Rocky L. Bennyhoff, 56, RR 2, Farina, was arrested by the Illinois State Police on a charge of driving under the influence.