Today's News

  • Traffic changes are proposed

    Three months after an accident claimed the lives of four members of a Greenville family, proposals have been presented to improve traffic safety at Vandalia rail crossings.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    John David McGinness II
    Salina Mae Sandt
    Justin Louis Lee
    Kristy Lauren Lee

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael T. Williams, 41, Cairo, was arrested on Jan. 27 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $3,000.
    • Billie M. Ward, 22, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 27 on a charge of burglary. She was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Nichole M. Smith, 29, 307 N. Chestnut St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 26 on a charge of burglary and on a warrant for a charge of retail theft. Bond was $20,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 29

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet will be held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Lady Vandals earn tourney title at Effingham

    EFFINGHAM — The Vandalia Lady Vandals lost a game and won a tournament.
    The Vandals suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night. But moments later, they were posing with a trophy.
    Pana edged Vandalia, 47-46, on the final night of the Effingham Round-Robin Girls Basketball Tournament. But despite the loss to the Lady Panthers, the Lady Vandals were crowned the tourney's champions after going 3-1 in the annual event.
    "It's bittersweet," Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said. "A few things just didn't go our way at the end.

  • Vandals unable to win at Okawville tourney

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's last-second shot was off the mark, and the Gibault Catholic Hawks held on for a 71-68 win over the Vandals on Saturday afternoon at the Okawville Invitational.
    The Vandals nearly overcame an 11-point deficit in this one, and they had a chance to tie the game on their final possession. But the late comeback fell just short, as Gibault survived a scare.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort.

  • Vandals suffer tough loss to Okawville

    OKAWVILLE —After a disappointing loss to start the Okawville Invitational, the Vandalia Vandals were looking to bounce back in a big way.
    It didn't happen.
    Host Okawville blew out Vandalia, 79-49, on Wednesday night.
    The Vandals suffered a lopsided loss to Madison on the opening night of the tourney. And one night later, it was more of the same, as the Vandals didn't get enough defensive stops and couldn't get much going offensively.


    The Vandalia Lady Vandals pose after winning the Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Vandals went 3-1 in the tourney.

    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Two rail cars derail near Mulberry Grove; section of Old Ill. Route 140 closed temporarily


  • Tea Party changes dates of meetings, re-elects officers

    Conflicts on meeting dates was a major topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party.
    In the future, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
    It was noted that the annual report on tea party officers and directors is due soon.
    As a result of voting, President Todd Slingerland, Secretary David Schaefer and Treasurer Jane Willenborg were re-elected to new terms.
    Directors of record are Patty Russell, Roger Stevens and Wayne Russell.