Today's News

  • City OKs furlough days for all full-time employees

     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.

  • School district approves more cuts

     Though Superintendent Rich Well characterized the Vandalia Community School District’s current financial condition as “firm” and “solid,” the looming state financial crisis resulted in the district board making further cuts for the coming fiscal year.

  • City sets deadline for cleanup of fire remains

     Vandalia officials have agreed to accept a structural engineer’s recommendations on a building damaged by the Feb.

  • Diveley learns benefits of a good diet and exercise

    Faye “DeeDee” Diveley recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of serving others through her work at Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care. She worked a brief time as an aide, when she was very young, then as an LPN.

  • Solution needed for budget crisis

    Unless you’ve been locked away in a cage in recent months, you’ve noticed that virtually every government entity has begun initiating significant budget cuts.

    In this week’s issue alone, we have stories about the city of Vandalia approving furlough days for all of its full-time employees and the Vandalia School District cutting staff and programs.

  • Justice was swift in county's first murder

     The 1878 History of Fayette County makes mention of all the “firsts” to occur in each township in the county – the earliest settlers, first birth, first death, first marriage, first mill, first school, first burying ground and, in the case of Pope Township, the first murder.

  • County, city help Rural King with move

     The Fayette County Board and Vandalia City Council took action within the past week to help Rural King move from its current home into the former Orgill building.

    The county board voted last Thursday to allow the county to serve as a vehicle for a revenue bond issue, and the city council approved two zoning issues on Monday night.

  • 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.