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Today's News

  • Work on mural begins next Wednesday

    The work on what is hoped to be only the first of numerous professionally painted murals in Vandalia is scheduled to get under way in about a week.

  • Pattillo resigns from county board

    Just several months after filling one vacant seat, the Fayette County Board now has to fill another.
    The board on Tuesday night approved the resignation of Troy Pattillo, who has served as a District 7 representative since December 2007.
    Just three months ago, the board approved the appointment of Mark Isaiah to a District 3 seat previously held by John Blythe.
    Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
    • The board approved a new agreement for the county’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator position.

  • HCE honors charter member Lucille Fisher

    The Fayette County Home & Community Education held its 69th annual meeting Thursday, during which several awards were presented to deserving recipients for accomplishments.

  • Grande Levée returns

    The popular period celebration that looks back into the time when Vandalia was the home of Illinois government returns this weekend after a three-year break.

  • Two handed lengthy prison sentences

    Two men were given lengthy prison sentences in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • County OKs another fund transfer

    County employees will receive their scheduled paychecks this week, but only because of a last-minute vote at Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board.
    After what has been an almost monthly discussion on the county’s finances for the past few years, board members initially voted down a request to transfer up to $400,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to the general fund.

  • YMCA offers summer, winter tennis sessions

    Local youth are invited to participate in youth teams tennis offered by the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    Using the USTA Youth Tennis play format, participants ages 5-14 use modified equipment and courts, modified to their age and size, making it easier to play, rally and succeed from the start.
    Summer sessions, held at Vandalia Community High School, are held at 7 p.m. for ages 5-10 and 8 p.m. for ages 11-14, from July 17-Aug. 21.
    Winter sessions, held at the Family YMCA on Rock Island Avenue, will run from Nov. 6-Dec. 11.

  • Family YMCA offering water aerobics class

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County is again holding a water aerobics class.
    Lynn Sefton, who has taught water aerobics for the past 20 years, is the instructor for the class, which will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 27-Aug. 31, at the Vandalia Park District Swimming Pool.
    The cost is $30 for YMCA members and $50 for non-members, and a daily session fee of $5 is being offered. The class is open to ages 2 and above.

  • Women's City Bowling Tournament
  • VCHS Shootouts Under Way

    The first of four shootouts this month at Vandalia Community High School was held on Monday and Tuesday.

    More two-day shootouts are being held on Monday and Tuesday the next three weeks. In the first photo, Vandal Bryce Dunn guards a Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City player on Monday morning. Behind Dunn is teammate Ethan Ferguson. In the second photo, Blake Morrison brings the ball upcourt against CHBC. In the tournament phase of the 17-team shootout on Tuesday, Mt. Carmel defeated Effingham St. Anthony in the championship game.