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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
    Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
    Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.

  • Albrecht family settled in St. Paul area

    This past Sunday was a very special day at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wilberton Township. This year, 2014, represents the 150th year since the founding of the church by emigrants from Dodge County, Wis.

  • Motorists beware around schools

    The big yellow buses are back on our streets and roads again, and pedestrian traffic has stepped up significantly in areas around our schools.
    Those signs can mean only one thing – school is in session again.
    For our children, it’s the renewing of school routines, with all the activities and challenges that come with a new school year.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Terri Braun:
    Blaine Kendall Sharp
    Vandalia
    Judith Marie Hoffman
    Vandalia
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    Nicholas John Burrow
    Altamont
    Erin Joy Doyle
    Ramsey
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    Jeffrey Allen Trier
    St. Elmo
    Reba Jean Higgs
    St. Elmo
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    Jeffrey Todd Moulton
    Vandalia
    Nikki Lynn Haller
    Vandalia

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Ralinda L. Wilson, 48, Murwango, Wis., was arrested on Aug. 19 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kyndra M. Hildenbrand, 19, Carmi, was arrested on Aug. 18 for failure to appear in court on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Dalton J. Thomas, 18, 924 W. Edwards St., Apt. A., Vandalia, was arrested on an alleged probation violation. He was held without bond.

  • Brownstown Lumber marks 105th anniversary

    The Sonnemanns of Vandalia opened the doors of Brownstown Lumber Co. in 1909. Warren Bayles began working there as a truck driver, then bought the business in 1934, and built an addition onto the building.

  • YMCA to offer new ball program in 2015

    VANDALIA – Traditional baseball and softball leagues for ages 9-14 will no longer be organized at the Family YMCA of Fayette County starting next summer, and another organization in Vandalia may offer a way to help continue the development of traveling teams.

    Starting next June, the YMCA will offer a five-week co-ed ball program for kids ages 9-14, which will better teach fundamentals, as well as expose youth to a broader spectrum of sports.

  • Defensive side of the ball should be improved for the Vandals

    VANDALIA – The Vandals allowed an average of 45 points per game last season and surrendered at least 40 in seven of the nine contests.

    But those days should be over.

    With sophomores, at times, making up half of the defense last season, it wasn’t a surprise that Vandalia faced some struggles.

    Now, those same sophomores will step into full-time starting roles, taking the final step in coach John Stout’s plan for the group.

  • Competition is early theme for Vandalia netters

    VANDALIA – Despite nine seniors on the Vandalia volleyball roster, there is still room for underclassmen to find plenty of playing time.

    With a freshman class that went to state as eighth-graders and several well-developed juniors, coach Allison Hall will have some decisions to make once play begins on Aug. 28 at St. Elmo.

    “We have a lot of kids competing for positions,” Hall said. “We’ll see who works the hardest and earns those positions.

    “They have to show me day in and day out they want to play.”

  • Vandals 8th at Hickory Stick

    VANDALIA – And another season opens.

    The Vandals began the season on Monday at the annual Hickory Stick Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course in East Alton-Wood River, placing eighth, 51 strokes off of the pace.

    Sophomore Richie Well led the Vandals with an 85 on the 18-hole course. Seniors Zach Schaal and Jake Bowen, and freshman Scott Shulman each shot a 96, and sophomore Alec Schroeder posted a 99.