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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Last-minute school hirings approved

    Meeting on the first day of classes, the Vandalia Board of Education approved several last-minute coaching and employment assignments, and heard preliminary enrollment reports from building principals.

  • Rauner campaigns in Vandalia

    While his opponent claims that he is a wealthy man who is out of touch with residents of the state, Bruce Rauner said he has acquired that wealth through years of hard work.

  • Twisters & TIF

    After Dennis Grubaugh’s request for city assistance to put a new roof on the Twisters building was tabled, Grubaugh asked for help in tearing it down.
    Both of those alternatives were discussed in the past week by a city advisory committee and the city council.
    Grubaugh initially asked for a $75,000 Tax Increment Financing grant for the roof replacement, estimated at $260,000, and the council tabled that request, asking for more information.

  • First Day of School
  • Bomb Technicians' Training

    All members of the Illinois Secretary of State bomb technicians and dog handlers were at Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School for training sessions late last week.

  • News Briefs

    Library now has Home School Group

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia now has a Home School Group.
    Home-schooling parents are invited to meet at the library to discuss home-schooling issues and other topics while their children socialize with each other and make a seasonal or holiday craft with the children's librarian.
    Meetings will be held twice a month from September to May, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m., at the library.
    For more information, contact Shawna Sprague, children's librarian, at 282-2824.

  • 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.”