Today's News

  • Mt. Olive man back in prison after incident early Monday


    A Mt. Olive man is back in the Illinois Department of Corrections after being arrested early Monday morning on aggravated arson and methamphetamine charges.

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department were called to the home of John Cearlock at about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a vehicle fire and criminal incident.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log


    • Nicholas S. Middleton, 21, Alton, was arrested on April 7 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was held for St. Louis County authorities.

    • Stoney W. Lewis, 21, 507 W. Orchard St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 6 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar


    Thursday, April 10


  • Animal rescue group offers help to city



    A animal rescue group based in Montgomery County has offered its services to Vandalia.

  • First Baptist hosts fourth Lenten Luncheon


    The First Baptist Church of Vandalia was host church for the fourth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday.


  • Council OKs four TIF agreements


    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday funding assistance for improvements to three businesses and for the enhancement of Internet service to the city’s west side.

    The council approved Tax Increment Financing agreements with:

  • Route 51 project on to next step


    As the deadline for public comments nears, the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to select the routes for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through this area.


    The agency held informal public meetings in Ramsey, Vandalia and Patoka last week in order to receive comments from area residents on the proposed route alternatives in the three communities, and it will continue taking comments through April 21.

  • Dagen's double, Godoyo's 11 strikeouts lead Lady Vandals to win

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals were happy to be back.

    Freshman Lindsay Dagen hit a two-run double to break open a one-run game in the bottom of the fourth inning to back up an 11-strikeout effort from senior Megan Godoyo, and Vandalia beat St. Elmo/Brownstown, 5-2, to run its winning streak to three games.

    “You have to score runs, and we’re getting enough hits,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher. “I think we’re going to hold people down for the most part, as long as we play solid defensively.”

  • Vandals to open SCC play after rainouts

    When the Vandals take the field of their South Central Conference opener, it will begin a stretch of six games in a week’s time and be just the second game played in April.

    Vandalia was scheduled to open SCC play last Friday at Carlinville, but that game was canceled and rescheduled for April 29, so the conference opener will now be at home on Friday against Pana.

  • Lady Vandals win at Hillsboro meet

    HILLSBORO – The Lady Vandals won the first outdoor meet of the season last Tuesday, despite Mother Nature’s best attempts to hinder the event.

    Rain came over Hillsboro a little over an hour after the meet began, but that didn’t stop Vandalia from accumulating 74 points and six first-place finishes to beat Southwestern, Hillsboro and Carlinville.

    Freshman Emma Meyer set a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, and she also was the champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, with times of 13.27 and 28.28 seconds, respectively.