Today's News

  • Lady Vandals fall to Hillsboro

    Facing a 13-point deficit, the Vandalia Lady Vandals didn't quit.
    They rallied instead.
    But in the end, a solid comeback was not enough, as Hillsboro held on for a 54-45 win over Vandalia on Thursday night in South Central Conference action.
    Utilizing a solid inside-outside game, the Hiltoppers had a 13-point lead in the first half. But the host Vandals showed some tenacity, fought back and cut the deficit to one.

  • Judge rules in Mabrys' favor; city won't appeal

    In ruling that a Vandalia ordinance governing a 1988 boat dock agreement is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled that that city law cannot prohibit Steve and Latisha Mabry from operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    Judge Michael McHaney granted a motion by the Mabrys' attorney, David Cates of Swansea, to declare that ordinance unconstitutional.

  • Vandalia girls fall to Hillsboro

    Hillsboro defeated Vandalia, 54-45, in girls basketball action on Thursday night.

    Makayla Tinker scored 17 points to lead the way for the Lady Vandals. Madelyn Hosick added 11 points, while Emma Meyer scored nine.

    The Lady Vandals fell to 5-4 on the season. The Hilltoppers improved to 7-2.

    See the print edition for more.

  • Vandalia voting no on football proposal

    Will the landscape of high school football in Illinois change?
    Vandalia Coach John Stout hopes not. And he's not alone.
    A proposal that would drastically overhaul how regular-season football games are scheduled in the state will be voted on by Illinois High School Association member schools this month.
    And many coaches like Stout are opposed to the proposal.
    "We're not in favor of it," Stout said. "We're voting no."

  • Ameren Donation Kicks Off Y's Strong Kids

    A $2,000 donation from Ameren helped the Family YMCA of Fayette County kick off its Strong Kids Campaign, which raises funds for the Y's scholarship program.

  • Strand joins Vandalia Dental

    A Minnesota native has joined Dr. Jay Lowry and the staff at Vandalia Dental Associates.

  • Hawk joins local CPA firm

    Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam Ltd. has announced that Beth Hawk, a certified public accountant in Illinois, has joined the firm as of September.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo was posted at Vandalia Memories by administrator Kathy Schultz, courtesy of Virginia Messex Maulding Witlock.

    According to writing on the back of the photo, this is the Charles Manion Band.

  • Two Statehouse events this weekend

    Excitement inside the Vandalia Statehouse is building as Saturday night nears. On this one night, Illinois’ oldest capitol will be alight with more than 200 candles and its halls echoing with the strains of chamber music from the group Chordially Yours of Edwardsville.

  • New spending review good for the county

    Fayette County officials will continue to struggle with its finances as they try to discontinue the trend of spending capital improvement funds for salaries. One policy change introduced on Tuesday appears to be a good step toward watching the county's spending.
    Forever, county board committees, during a break in the regularly monthly meeting, would go through their respective bills for that month, then recommend payment of those bills to the full board.