Today's News

  • Vandalia Holiday Tournament Top 10 List

    1) Jared Cain, Patoka-156
    2) Drew Gibson, St. Anthony-94
    3) Richie Well, Vandalia-92
    4) Malcom Miller, Shelbyville-86
    5) Nathan Casey, Vandalia-84
    6) Jeff Gaither, Flora-77
    7) Garrett Belcher, Patoka-75
    8) Turner Pullen, Shelbyville-72
    9) Kyle Lynch, Pana-65
    10) Adam Miller, Pana-65

    1) Garrett Belcher, Patoka-53
    2) Jared Cain, Patoka-45
    3) Alex Loeffler, Father McGivney-41
    4) Nathan Casey, Vandalia-38
    5) Logan Shumate, Father McGivney-37

  • Wrestlers finish 7th at 40-team Abe's Rumble

    Match #1 Round 1: Vandalia defeated Heyworth 60-15
    106 - Levi Neuleib (Heyworth) over Dakota Gasaway (Vandalia) TF 19-3
    113 - Gabe Spencer (Heyworth) over Zack Stephenson (Vandalia) Maj 14-4
    120 - Tanner Swain (Vandalia) over Andrew Sims (Heyworth) Dec 5-4
    126 - Jarrett Paslay (Vandalia) over Logan King (Heyworth) Fall 0:38
    132 - Logan Sullens (Vandalia) over Carter Bangert (Heyworth) Fall 0:25
    138 - Bradyn Kaiser (Vandalia) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

  • St. Anthony wins 45th annual VHT

    Effingham St. Anthony shot 75 percent from two-point range and outscored Pana in all four quarters in taking the title at the 45th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Jimmy Dewayne Hankins Jr.
    Georgia Ann Arnold
    Timothy Darrel Sieben
    Joi Marie Eddy
    Robert Lee Steiner
    Mulberry Grove
    Melody Ann Barnhart
    Mulberry Grove
    Dylan Jackson Scott
    Taylor Jade Richards
    Flat Rock
    Jason Wayne Martin

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Deshad L. Aikens, 28, 107 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 1 on charges of indecent solicitation of a child and aggravated criminal sexual assault. Bond was $20,000, and he was transferred to Douglas County.
    • Shawn D. Schollenbruch, 51, Decatur, was arrested on Jan. 1 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $25,000.

  • Library starts Winter Reading Program

    All local students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 are invited to partipate in Evans Public Library's Winter Reading Program, "Book Your Winter Get-Away!"
    For each book they read over the winter, participants will receive a ticket to enter to win prizes.
    The program runs through Feb. 28. Students may sign up anytime at the library.

  • Mayor getting new city official acclimated

    Tuesday was the first day on the job for Vandalia’s new director of economic development, and Mayor Rick Gottman said he is focused on getting Brian Stout acclimated.
    Gottman told aldermen that he and Stout are meeting with Jeanne Gustafson, the director of economic development in Salem, this Thursday, and that he plans to set up meetings with others holding that position in other towns.

  • It's more than coats, shoes

    A short time before Christmas, more than 300 children in Fayette County schools received gifts of new winter coats and shoes.
    But, as we've often stated in this space, those gifts given the Methodist Men of Vandalia reflect much more than those physical items – it's about giving back to the community.
    The story on today's front page is our latest example of how volunteerism is alive and well in Vandalia and Fayette County.

  • The 1951 plane crash recalled

    On the morning of Aug. 27, 1951, folks in Vandalia were shaken up when sounds of a small airplane in distress filled the morning sky.
    Witnesses told The Vandalia Leader that the airplane was observed making three or more spirals through the clouds, and next they observed its rapid angular descent with throttle wide open, virtually skimming treetops.
    The four-passenger Bonanza Beechcraft airplane made a nose-dive into Carl Boggs’s car parked along South Sixth Street near Old Capitol Monument Works, where Boggs was employed at the time.

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