Today's News

  • Smith's essay wins local VFW contest

    “Does America Still Have Heroes?” was the intriguing question asked, and answered, by Brownstown High School senior Connor Smith in the essay he wrote for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual “Voice of Democracy” student contest.

    Connor’s entry won the local award presented by the Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

    The 18-year-old son of Stan and Lana Smith is a member of this year’s graduating class at Brownstown High School. 

  • Council OKs Coles Street change order

    In an abbreviated meeting that lasted only 35 minutes, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a minor change order on the Coles Street paving project and heard a positive report about the sale at auction of several used city vehicles.

    The $2,143.11 change order was presented to the council by Scott Hunt of Hurst-Rosche Engineers.

  • Superintendent hopeful that school district will get more state funds before end of fiscal year

    Though the Vandalia School District has received only one of four categorical payments due it from the state, Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night that he anticipates one more payment will be received before the fiscal year ends June 30.

    “The Illinois Board of Education is telling us that we will not get the second and third payments, but we’re likely to get the fourth payment,” Well said, noting that the state currently owes the district $800,000.

  • New Route 51 maps presented at recent public hearings

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is one step closer toward final four-lane corridors for U.S. Route 51 through Fayette County.

    The proposed corridor alternatives were presented at recent public meetings in Vandalia, Patoka and Centralia. Those alternatives had changed only slightly since similar public meetings held in area communities last November.

  • Businesses hit by fires moving on

    As the owners of a furniture store that was damaged by fire last week initiate the work of getting back in business, the owner of a business destroyed by a February is taking the final steps of rebuilding.

    Two days after an early morning fire at Allen’s Furniture, while a large crew from ServPro was removing furniture and beginning to clean, Lorraine Allen said on Friday that she and her sister, Rita Mae, hope to get their store open as soon as possible.

  • Ruffner, Beasley and Hill qualify for state finals

    Three local athletes will be competing in Charleston on the blue track this weekend at the Illinois girls track and field state finals.

    At Friday's sectional in Newton, Sierah Ruffner of Vandalia Community High School, and Ashlynn Beasley and Abby Hill of St. Elmo High School qualified for state.

    Ruffner has been Vandalia's most-consistent competitor all spring. The freshman will be competing in the high jump at state, an event that has been her bread and butter all year. Ruffner is no stranger to state competition.

  • Vandalia beats Pana on walkoff safety squeeze

    In two regular season meetings, Vandalia was able to beat Pana easily, winning 12-2 and 8-1. When the Vandals were matched up with the Panthers in the regional quarterfinals, all indications were that it would be another thrashing by Vandalia. But with its season on the line, Pana gave the Vandals a fight, with the game coming down to a bases-loaded safety squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning.

    "Pana came out with nothing to lose and ready to go. They gave us some fits today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Lady Vandals fall to St. Anthony, 1-0

    The Lady Vandals had some tough losses this season, but perhaps the most painful will be the 1-0 loss to St. Anthony in the regional quarter final on Tuesday.

    Senior Maggie Childers pitched a gem in her final game for Vandalia, scattering five hits and not allowing an earned run in six innings of work.

    St. Anthony's run came in the bottom of the third after a lead-off single ended up scoring on an error. The Lady Vandals were held to four hits, but couldn't string anything together until the seventh inning

  • BREAKING NEWS: SCC will realign in 2012-13

    As first reported last week in The Leader-Union, the South Central Conference will realign for the 2012-13 season.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the principals of the 10 SCC schools met in Litchfield. Litchfield High School Principal Mark Hunt made a motion to remove Roxana, Alton-Marquette and East Alton-Wood River from the conference and add Nokomis, Staunton and Gillespie. Vandalia Principal Randy Protz seconded the motion and the 10 districts voted 7-3 to pass the motion. The dissenting votes were cast by Roxana, Alton-Marquette and EAWR.

  • BREAKING NEWS-6:45 a.m. - Fire early Wednesday damages Allen's Furniture

    A fire shortly before daybreak on Wednesday, in the middle of a severe thunderstorm, caused substantial damage to Allen's Furniture in downtown Vandalia.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 5 a.m. and had the fire under control by 6:30 p.m. Brownstown firefighters provided mutual aid assistance, both at the scene and with the cleanup of equipment at the fire station.

    The fire was at the other end of the block containing four businesses that were destroyed by fire at the end of February.