Today's News

  • Guidelines for Vandalia's Cleanup Week are listed

    For Vandalia residents anxious to clean out their garages, basements and other storage areas, next week is the time to do it.
    Next Monday through Friday is Cleanup Week in Vandalia, with customers of Doty Sanitation being allowed to get rid of additional items along with their regular trash.
    The city’s guidelines for Cleanup Week are:
    • Unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Two new VJHS programs OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved two new programs at Vandalia Junior High School that are designed to help some students at that school begin working toward their post-high school futures.
    Using federal grant funds, After-School and Gear Up programs work jointly to provide support for those students through their high school graduation, according to VJHS Principal Brian Kern.
    “It gets them to start thinking about the future and giving them support in areas that will help them in the future,” Kern said.

  • County finance battle continues

    Two months after approving a $600,000 interfund loan to cover expenses for the current fiscal year, all of that loan money has been used.
    At the start of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, County Treasurer Rose Hoover told board members that the county’s general fund had a deficit of $24,248.88 at the end of March.
    And, Hoover said, “It’s a guessing game – I don’t think we will have enough money at the end of April” to cover expenses.

  • Recycling future

    The future of the local recycling programs will be discussed during a meeting next Monday afternoon at Vandalia City Hall.

  • First Pentecostal 100th anniversary this weekend

    The First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia is inviting the public to join in celebrating 100 years of Apostolic Pentecostal Faith in Vandalia and of serving the families and friends of Vandalia since 1917.
    The celebration will be held at the church, located at 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. The hosts are the church pastor, the Rev. Victor Yatow, and Sister Diana Votaw.   
    • Friday at 7 p.m. – Speaker, Dr. David Bernard, general superintendent of UPCI in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 20

    ✔ Priority Staffing Group and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will hold a hiring event Priority Staffing, 1442 N. Eighth St., Suite B, Vandalia. It is open to veterans from 9-10 a.m. and to the public from 10 a.m.-noon. Applicants should take two valid forms of identification (state-issued photo ID and either Social Security card or birth certificate). To complete an application, go online to www.prioritystaffinggroup.com.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Chuck Vinson, 28, 3489 Raven Road, Farina, was arrested on April 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Justin C. Finley, 26, 168 E. Sixth St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tristan L. Davis, 30, Decatur, was arrested on April 17 on a charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Brown homers, triples in BSE win

    St. Elmo/Brownstown pounded out 14 hits in a 13-3 win over South Central at Deken Park in St. Elmo.

  • Three Vandals combine for no-hitter

    Three Vandalia pitchers combined for a no-hitter in the Vandals’ 6-0 home win against Brownstown/St. Elmo on Saturday morning.

  • Brownstown/St. Elmo tops Pana, Cougars split on Saturday

    Brownstown/St. Elmo outhit Pana, 8-7, and took advantage of three Panther errors to record a 10-7 win at Pana last Thursday.
    Dalton Denton, Caleb Atwood, Wade Ireland and Jeffrey Kelly each had two RBIs for the Bombers, who improved to 2-6 on the season.
    Bryton Pruett picked up the win, giving up seven hits and four runs while striking out three and walking two in 4 1/3 innings. Jeffrey Kelly struck out two in an inning of work to earn a save.