Today's News

  • Vandals improving in each soccer game

    The Vandalia High School soccer team has done no better than a draw this season, but the young team has still taken strides in the right direction.
    Coach Walt Kinney said the team has shown improvement in each game, and while the collective results appear to read otherwise, Kinney said his team could be in line for a win very soon.
    “Definitely,” Kinney said. “We have a game Thursday against Centralia, who we tied a week ago.

  • Improving Vandals tennis squad drops pair

    Though the season is still young, Vandalia tennis coach Kevin Schroeder believes his team has already surpassed its level of play from last season.
    “I think we’re already better than last year,” Schroeder said. “At the beginning of the season, I was thinking if we won three matches, that would be pretty good.
    “Now, I think we could win four, five, six matches.”

  • Vandal netters down Greenville

    Losing against rival Greenville could have been devastating for the Vandalia volleyball team’s confidence.
    And after dropping the first set 25-19 on Tuesday night, a loss seemed to be lurking.
    “I don’t think we were prepared,” coach Allison Brown said. “We were overcranked as far as excitement goes.”
    Several Vandalia blocks and tips from that set were not hit with control, leading to easy Greenville points. But the Vandal squad recognized those miscues and made sure to not repeat them the rest of the night.

  • Vandals start strong but lose to Roxana

    ROXANA – The Vandalia football team started off fast against Roxana last Friday, but costly turnovers and missed tackles allowed the Shells to rally from an early deficit to top the Vandals, 32-14.
    The Vandals (1-2) needed just 13 seconds to open the scoring, as junior Bryan Hosick raced 82 yards down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff.

  • Rummaging through the Downtown

    Despite the threat of rain, the rummage sale held on Saturday by the Vandalia Downtown Merchants Co-op drew good crowds to Gallatin Street. In the first photo, some of the shoppers look through goods offered at stands in the 500 block of West Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Jake and Kristen Bowling look do some shopping at the booth operated by Meg Marquardt (shown) and Jeni Boyd. Because last week's weather forecast may have caused some potential shoppers to stay home on Saturday, the new merchants group will sponsor a downtown rummage sale again this Saturday.

  • OUR PLACE seeing success in its new home

    First impression from outside  – Young people of various sizes and ages happily entering the door of a downtown building in which several young people seem to be laughing and having fun, with several adults present.
    Impression on entering – The room is well-illuminated, cheerful, colorful, clean and lively with young people playing assorted games, talking, stirring up cookie dough. Some are interacting with several adults, who obviously are enjoying the children enjoying just being children.
    What, Where, Who, When and How?

  • Bar owner challenging city smoking law

    A Vandalia bar owner who has been ticketed three times for allegedly violating a city ordinance by allowing smoking in her business is challenging the constitutionality of that ordinance as she seeks dismissal of the tickets.
    According to court records, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason issued tickets to Lisa Doyle, who owns the Redwood Inn with her husband, Albert, for alleged violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21. Those tickets were recently replaced with new tickets issued to G&T Holdings Inc.

  • County still struggling with state fund shortfalls

    The chairman of the Fayette County Board conceded to county department heads on Tuesday that he is beginning to sound like a broken record.
    But, Steve Knebel said, that’s because he wants the department heads to fully understand the county’s financial situation.
    Knebel told the department heads present for Tuesday’s board meeting, “Please, please, I’m begging you, look over (your budgets) and make cuts.

  • Rotary Club starts challenge for Vandalia blood drives

    Next Tuesday’s blood drive at the Vandalia Moose Lodge will feature a new competitive twist, as the Vandalia Rotary Club introduces its “Making a Difference” challenge.
    The Vandalia Lions Club has accepted this first-ever challenge.
    The winning club will receive $200 in cash for its favorite charity, its name on an engraved traveling plaque and, of course, all the bragging rights that accompany the victory.
    The winner is determined by the group having the most people attempting to give blood in the name of the club.

  • Marriage Licenses-Sept. 16, 2010

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Avery Gene Sprehe
    Candy Dean Dunnagan
    Cory John Glenn Willms
    Danielle Diane Kellow
    Cody Ryan Brummet
    Jordan Leann Kelly
    Judson Bartlett Craycroft
    Kathleen Lynn Woodward