Today's News

  • Using gaming revenue

    Though no action has been taken since the Vandalia City Council decided more than five months ago to hire a city administrator, one alderman has an idea of how to fund the salary for that position.
    While in recent months the presence of gaming devices has been viewed by some residents as a negative, Alderman Neil Clark believes something good can come from them.
    At Monday’s council meeting, Clark noted that the city’s revenue from 50 gaming machines for the first eight months of the current fiscal year has totaled $73,577.83.

  • City mulls buying gas on contract

    With fuel prices dropping to levels not seen in a number of years, this might be a good time for the city of Vandalia to lock in their costs for up to a year.
    Barry Jahraus of South Central FS made that offer at Monday’s city council meeting, saying that by locking in gas and diesel prices, the city’s cost would be about $1 less per gallon over its cost for the "past four or five years."
    The city has never purchased gas and diesel under contract, but Jahraus said, “Now might be a good time to lock in prices for your budget.”

  • Chamber banquet tickets now on sale

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will honor two local individuals for their community service later this month.
    One member of the chamber and one non-member will receive Abe Awards at the chamber’s annual banquet, set for Thursday, Jan. 29.
    The banquet is again being held at the Moose Lodge, with a 5:30 p.m. social hour and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the Abe Awards and entertainment.
    The banquet has a Mardi Gras theme this year, and musical entertainment is being provided by “Zydeco Crawdaddys.”

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Patrick M. Lawson, 20, Fairview Heights, was arrested on Jan. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Jeffrey R. Nevinger, 21, 1907 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 6 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Amber L. Thomas, 22, 311 N. Second St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 5 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 8

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located on the Vandalia Community High School campus west of the high school.

    Friday, Jan. 9

  • Sports Briefs: IHSA football proposal rejected, upcoming camps

    IHSA football proposal rejected

    A proposal that would have eliminated conferences for high school football teams did not pass, an IHSA press release stated Tuesday.
    Member schools rejected Proposal 10, which would have revamped the football regular season and playoff system.
    The vote was 395-212 against the proposal.

    Enlow takes
    second at two tourneys

  • Vandals gain experience, face top talent at tourney

    CHAMPAIGN — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team gained lots of experience and competed against some of the top teams in the state at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.
    The two-day tournament featured 36 teams, with more than half of Class 1A's ranked teams in attendance. The event also featured 10 of the top 20 state-ranked teams.
    There were six pools, which featured round-robin action. Vandalia went 4-0 in their pool last Monday. The Vandals then went 2-3 in duals on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

  • VHT: Pearce named MVP, Vandals listed on all-tourney team

    Bryce Pearce of Flora was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    A 5-10 senior guard, Pearce scored 118 points at the VHT and led the Wolves to the championship game for the second-straight year. It was also the second-straight year that Pearce scored more than 100 points at the tourney. He scored 119 points last year, which is the sixth-most all-time. This year's total is tied for seventh-best all-time.

  • Eagles leave VHT without a win

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles didn't want to leave the Vandalia Holiday Tournament without a win.
    Unfortunately for the Eagles, they did.
    Pana rolled past St. Elmo/Brownstown, 62-29, in Tuesday's ninth-place game of VHT.
    The Eagles stayed close early, but cold shooting and numerous turnovers doomed SEB in this one. The loss left SEB winless in five tournament games.

  • Cougars win VHT finale for seventh

    For the first time all tournament long, the South Central Cougars didn't have to play first thing in the morning.
    And it looked like the change did the Cougars some good.
    South Central took the lead right away and never looked back in a 58-42 victory over Maroa-Forsyth in last Tuesday's seventh-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The Cougars got off to a great start, never trailing and running out to an 11-2 lead.
    South Central Coach Rick Simmons said it was important for his team to get off to a good start.