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Today's News

  • Wrestlers place fourth at Litchfield Invite

    Vandalia’s wrestlers geared up for regional competition this Saturday in Lawrenceville by recording a fourth-place finish at the Litchfield Invitational.
    The Vandals ended the two-day tournament with 152.50, finishing behind Lena Winslow (221), Orion (172) and Auburn (155).
    Individually, the Vandals had three second-place finishes, three thirds, one fourth-place finish and two sixth places.
    Taking second were Tanner Swain at 120 pounds, Jarrett Paslay at 126 and Garrett Stewart at 182.

  • Vandals lose to Pana in double overtime

    Vandalia led Pana for three quarters of Tuesday’s non-conference matchup in Pana, but the Panthers sent the game into overtime with a basket at the end of regulation.

  • Eighth-graders win regional

    Markus Isaiah and Drew Thompson combined for 24 points and made crucial free throws late as the Vandalia Junior High School eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Greenville for the Vandalia Regional title on Tuesday night.

  • Feldpouch resigns from Vandalia Park District Board

    A long-time member of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioner has stepped down, and his seat has been filled with a Vandalia native who moved back to the community a couple of years ago.
    Chad Feldpouch resigned at the Jan. 12 board meeting after 18 years on the park board, having moved out of the park district.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • James D. Longwell, 39, 105 S. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 30 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Amanda J. Wesselman, 36, Effingham, was arrested on Jan. 29 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked, illegal transportation of alcohol and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Crystal N. Smith, 29, Effingham, was arrested on Jan. 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 2

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, February 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. at the library. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824..

  • Rotary's Interact Club helping others

    A club for students at Vandalia Community High School sponsored by the Vandalia Rotary Club is appropriately named. In its fourth year, members of the VCHS Interact Club are interacting with and helping others.

  • Pipeline payout

    Fayette County’s sheriff has taken big steps to upgrade his department’s aging fleet of vehicles, largely due to fees received for providing pipeline security details.
    Since taking office a little more than two years ago, Chris Smith has been working to find ways to replace a older fleet of vehicles with high mileage … and, thus, high maintenance costs.

  • Witnessing U.S. History

    It wasn’t the first time a small group of local residents were present for the inauguration of a U.S. president. But it was a different experience.

  • Woman not guilty of drug charge

    A Fayette County jury deliberated just 20 minutes before returning a not guilty verdict in a drug case on Monday.
    In a one-day trial held in Fayette County Circuit Court, Erin A. Meseke, 24, of Vandalia, was acquitted on a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
    According to court records, the case was sent to the jury after Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor denied motion for a directed verdict (judge ruling for an acquittal) presented by Meseke’s attorney, Richard A. Cary of Centralia.