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Today's News

  • Feeding Time

    Dawson Sikma feeds a goat as he and other participants in the summer reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia enjoy Anna Taylor's petting zoo.

  • Leidner heads up Lincoln Heritage Fest

    Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.
    Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner – who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia’s mayor from 1997-2001 – created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.
    The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.

  • New city budget will have 3 deficit funds

    The Vandalia City Council will be voting next Monday on a budget that includes deficits in three areas and an overall deficit of close to $200,000.
    During a work session held on Monday afternoon, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that the proposed budget has deficits in the water and sewer, capital improvement and payroll funds.
    The water and sewer fund deficit of $98,281, can be largely attributed to the increased cost of supplies and the replacement of water department pumps that are 30 and 40 years old.

  • Circle K request nixed

    A request from Circle K for a license that would allow gaming devices and the sale of liquor at its Vandalia store died quietly on Monday evening.
    There was silence when Mayor Rick Gottman asked if there was a second on a motion by Alderman Jerry Swarm to increase the number of Class A business licenses from one to two.
    Three times Gottman asked for a second on the motion, and three times, there was no response.
    With that, Circle K’s request was rejected.

  • County fund transfer voted down

    In recent years, members of the Fayette County Board have said that they have got to stop using money set aside for capital improvements to meet payroll and other expenses.
    On Tuesday night, they voted to do just that … at least for the time being.
    After a 45-minute discussion, the board voted 8-4 to reject a plan to transfer $250,000 from the capital improvement fund for regular expenses.

  • Miller hopes eye test will earn him a chance to play college baseball

    ROBINSON – In a baseball era driven by statistical analysis, it’s easy to categorize a player’s hitting ability.

    Punch a few numbers into a spreadsheet after each game, and it will generate his .329 batting average or his .381 on-base percentage or countless other figures developed to help tell how much value a player brings to his team.

  • Post 95 reigns supreme

    Connor Beasley has found his groove again.

    Beasley fired his first complete game shutout of the summer in last Saturday’s championship game of the inaugural Robinson Sr. Legion Wounded Warriors Tournament, a 4-0 win against Tennessee.

    It was Beasley’s second appearance of the tournament, after having allowed 10 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings in his last three appearances.

    He pitched three perfect innings on 37 pitches in last Thursday’s 18-2 win against short-handed Teutopolis in Post 95’s first game of pool play.

  • Post 95 earns share of District title

    Though neither team knew it at the time, the second game of last Tuesday’s doubleheader against Salem ended up counting in the District standings.

    A doubleheader at Salem was scheduled for Sunday, with the first game to count in the District standings, but those games were canceled.

    It was decided on Tuesday night that Vandalia’s 16-12 win from last Tuesday night would be a District game, giving Post 95 at least a share of the regular-season title.

  • Post 95 goes 2-2 at Greenville College Jr. Legion Tournament

    VANDALIA – Post 95 took a tough loss in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Breese.

    Noah Murray had Vandalia’s lone hit and Breese had an eight-run first and a six-run fifth to take a 15-0 win.

    Nic Hollenkamp retired 15 straight batters after Murray led off the bottom of the first with an infield single and Austin Hoehn drew a five-pitch walk.

  • National tour thrills at county speedway

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    The UMP Summer National tour made its annual stop at Fayette County Speedway last Friday night, ushering in the track’s biggest night of the year.  

    The Summer National “Hell Tour” is an annual endurance series, which races 33 nights at 33 different tracks throughout the Midwest over 39 straight days.

    Off days are for extended travel, so no rest for wicked, right?