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Today's News

  • Hiring administrator is right move for city

    The Vandalia City Council is right to begin the process of filling its city administrator position after operating for about 4½ years without one.
    Since the position became vacant in 2010, Mayor Rick Gottman has stepped in to perform many of the duties formerly done by the city administrator. Also helping fill the void has been executive secretary LaTisha Paslay.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 24

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Karen L. Hemingway, 50, 215 E. Second St., Ramsey, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of driving without a valid license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Bobby E. Owens, 25, 214 Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 22 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while his license is suspended, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.
    • Corey M. Parks, 32, 635 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,500.

  • Jane Scott offers thanks to emergency personnel

    Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • Mother gets prison in infant's death

    A St. Elmo woman was sentenced to three years in prison for negligence that resulted in the death of her infant child.
    Judge Allan Bennett issued the sentence for Heaven N. Davis, 24, a little more than two months after Davis pleaded guilty to an amended charge of endangering the life or health of a child.
    Davis was charged by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison with the Class 3 felony on Jan. 31, 10 days after her 1-year-old daughter, Addison Scott, was found submerged in water in the bathtub of the family home.

  • Emmily Leidner's Relay for Life speech

    Emmily Leidner, age 9, was the guest speaker during the luminaria ceremony at the Mini-Relay for Life on Friday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Finishing the Relay

    A Mini-Relay for Life was held on Friday evening to finish this year's event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

    This year's Relay for Life in June was shortened by heavy rains. Friday night's activities in Rogier Park in Vandalia included the annual luminary walk honoring those who have lost their battle against cancer as well as cancer survivors.
     

  • City plans to hire administrator

    About 4½ years after its city administrator left to take another job, the city of Vandalia has decided to again try to fill that position.

  • Post 95 forces double-elimination title game

    ROBINSON – Quinn Wadkins had very little experience running a home run trot going into last Thursday’s District Tournament game against Olney.
    And he never anticipated that would be the day he would round the bases.
    Wadkins hit his first home run since pony league in the eighth inning and Austin Schwarm also homered to back a complete game from Matt Tomazzoli in a 14-2 win against Olney that forced a double-elimination championship game.

  • Vandalia eliminates T-Town; wins 30th

    ROBINSON – For the second time this season, a Vandalia pitcher fired a nine-inning complete game.

    And it’s not even a contest when determining which was the better outing.

    Jacob Behrends needed 143 pitches to complete last Wednesday’s must-win game against Teutopolis in the Sr. Legion District Tournament, striking out a season-high 10 as he led Vandalia to its 30th win of the summer, an 8-4 victory.