Today's News

  • Area Halloween Activities

    Vandalia Lions Club

    Halloween Parade – This Thursday at 7 p.m.


    Vandalia Trick or Treat Night – Saturday, 6-8 p.m.


    Brownstown Trick or Treat – Saturday, 5-7 p.m., with party afterward

    in Brownstown Park.


    St. Elmo Trick or Treat – Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

    Brookstone Estates Safe Trick or Treat – Saturday, 6-8 p.m.


    Deken Park Haunted Trail in St. Elmo – 7-10 p.m. on Friday and 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.

  • A roundabout way of handling traffic

    It’s been a little more than six years since Highland officials let residents of that city know that they planned to handle a congested intersection with a roundabout, instead of stoplights.

    Many of the residents responded with, to say the least, skepticism.

    But once they started using that roundabout, those same residents told city officials that it was the right decision.

    In fact, the roundabout went over so well that the city added a second roundabout late last year, one that replaced stoplights.

  • Fayette Water Co. will hold public meeting nxt Wednesday at city hall

    Fayette Water Co. will hold another public meeting next week to present its plans for extending water service to residents northwest of Vandalia.

    At that meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall, Fayette Water officials hope to alleviate concerns of homeowners on City property about what their property will look like after water lines are installed.

    The meeting is primarily being held to discuss water line easements requested from the city to construct lines to homes on land owned by the city around Vandalia Lake.

  • Vandalia finishes season on a low point

    Going into Friday’s game, Vandalia already knew it would be its final game of the season. The overtime loss to Pana on Oct. 16 had sealed the Vandals' fate and made it impossible for them to qualify for the playoffs. On Friday, Vandalia fought for nothing more than another win; they would be denied by Greenville, 26-7.

  • St. Elmo defeats Patoka to win EIC Tournament

    Just a week after placing third at the NTC tournament, St. Elmo won the EIC tournament on their home court at St. Elmo High School.

    The Eagles dispatched Patoka, 25-18, 25-22, in the championship game Friday night. Fayette County schools swept the top four stops, with St. Elmo and Patoka in first and second, respectively, Brownstown beat Ramsey, 25-12, 25-18, to win third place and put Ramsey in fourth.

  • Motown visit postponed again

    The fate of the plan to build a $300-million sports and entertainment complex will now not be known until early December.

    Director of Economic Development and Tourism JoAnn Givens told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that Kenneth Bardwell, chairman and chief executive officer of Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc., plans to visit with city officials on Dec. 7.

    At the council meeting on that date, Bardwell will present a request for an extension on the deadline for providing proof to the city that Motown has obtained the financing for the project.

  • Vandals fall in overtime thriller, eliminated from postseason

    The Vandals had their work cut out for them on Friday as they fought to remain eligible for postseason play, facing a 5-2 Pana squad that had already shut out three of their opponents.

    But they jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held that lead at halftime, thanks to tough defensive play and a strong running game.

    And despite the loss of running back Drew Stewart due to a sprained wrist, the Vandals stuck with the playoff-bound Panthers score for score throughout four quarters.

  • Vandals beat Taylorville on senior night

    After digging themselves a 12-3 deficit early in game one, the Vandalia volleyball team stormed back to win that game, 27-25, and then cruised to a 25-15 victory in game two to record a victory over Taylorville on senior night last Thursday.


  • Lady Cougars win MTC Tournament

    After winning the Midland Trail Conference out right with a 10-0 record, it seemed only natural that South Central run the table in the MTC Tournament.


    The Lady Cougars encountered little resistance as they continued to dominate the conference like they did all season. In the opening round last Thursday, they downed Webber Township, 25-13, 25-16. Later in the evening they toppled Wayne City, 25-17, 25-13. And they finished the night with a victory over Noble, 25-19, 25-18.


  • Funk, Taylor worthy of honor

    Being chauffeured in a decorated car for five or six blocks is not really an adequate way for two men to be recognized for their lifetimes of service to our community. But it is, at the very least, a way to show Don Funk and Ed Taylor that we do appreciate all that they have done for Vandalia.

    Funk and Taylor will serve as the grand marshals for the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade next Thursday evening. It will be the first time in several decades that they won’t have to be helping to pull off one of the largest Halloween parades in Illinois.