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Today's News

  • Lady Vandals pick up rare victory at Pana

    Down by five points early in the second half and in desperate need of offense last Thursday at Pana, the Vandalia girls basketball team went to a scoring option few teams possess.

    It turned to its defense.

    The result was a turnover-fueled 11-1 run that turned an 18-13 third-quarter deficit into a 24-19 Lady Vandals lead and - after some tense moments down the stretch - something that hasn't happened in quite a while.

  • Vandals game at Hillsboro postponed again

    Tuesday's postponed Vandalia boys basketball game at Hillsboro has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 16, at Hillsboro. The game was originally rescheduled for tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 28), but heavy snows wiped out VCHS's latest attempt to take on the Hiltoppers.

    The Vandals' home date with Hillsboro has also been postponed twice and has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 at VCHS.

  • Tonight's consolidation meeting in Brownstown still on

    Note from Brownstown and St. Elmo school district officials:

    Tonight’s Consolidation Informational Meeting will still be held at the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who wishes to travel this evening. The same meeting format will be held Thursday evening at St. Elmo High School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Please note that there will be other meetings scheduled between now and the April elections for those who do not wish to journey out.

  • Winter storm hits Fayette County

    Fayette County received its biggest snowfall in recent years via winter storms on Monday and Tuesday.

    The storm meant work for some people, including Marlin Filer, shown here using a road grader to clear streets in downtown Vandalia.

    For others, the storm brought enjoyment. Two photos here show sisters Haley and Sarah Bigelow sledding on Tuesday afternoon at the former Washington School, and a third photo shows Cheslea Kozak (left) and Carley Rathbone sledding on the Evans Scout House grounds on Randolph Street in Vandalia.

  • Four towns will have mayoral races

    Residents in four Fayette County communities will have a choice when voting for mayor in April.

    As the filing period for the April 7 consolidated election ended on Monday, races for mayor (or village president) formed in Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo and Farina.

    VANDALIA

    Mayor Rick Gottman has two challengers as he seeks a third term in office. Also filing for the mayoral race were John David Wehrle Jr. and Neil F. Clark.

    City Clerk Peggy Bowen and City Treasurer Marjorie Blythe are both unopposed in running for their fourth terms in office.

  • Nikki Stine gets to witness Obama's inauguration in person

    As millions of people the world over watched on television, Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th and first African-American president of the United States.

    Literally countless others attended the event in person in Washington, D.C. The volume of people was such that a photograph taken from space indicated the masses of humanity.

    Vandalia Community High School senior Brittany “Nikki” Stine, was among those huge crowds on the mall braving the very cold day of January 20, 2009, an experience she will always treasure.

  • Main Street's 'Nite at the Races' is Feb. 7

    The Vandalia Main Street Program will hold its fifth annual "Nite at the Races" on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club.

    A social hour at 6 p.m. is followed by eight consecutive horse races, with the first getting under way at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Prizes will be awarded for best-decorated tables, best-dressed jockey and ladies with fancy hats. The evening concludes with a live auction.

    For tickets, contact the Main Street office, 283-8751.

  • Closed campus improves stats

    When the Vandalia School Board last February voted to close the Vandalia Community High School campus, it was with the hope that keeping students on school property during the lunch period would enhance the overall learning atmosphere.

    But they couldn’t have imagined that the results would be so dramatic.

  • Company D roll included 20 county men

    In last week’s column, we were introduced to Dr. James A. Black, born near Salem, and the keeper of a diary during his three years with Company D of the 49th Illinois Infantry.

    It wasn’t so much the good doctor who caused my interest in Company D, it was the fact that author Benita Moore of Galesburg informed me that 20 men from Vandalia were assigned to this company.

  • Vandalia Shootout on Saturday

    The prep basketball season tends to get a lot like a trip to McDonald's once the conference slate begins - just the same old, same old.

    That said, one might liken the Third Annual WKRV/Hosick Motors Vandalia Shootout as the hoops equivalent to a trip to the Golden Corral buffet.

    For roughly nine hours Saturday at VCHS, basketball fans will get the opportunity to enjoy something different - and there will be plenty of variety.