Today's News

  • Game at 2 p.m., gates open at noon

    The Vandals' third-round playoff game against Anna-Jonesboro will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Mark Greer Field in Vandalia.
    Game tickets are set by the Illinois High School Association at $6, according to VCHS Principal Randy Protz.
    He said that tickets will be available at the gates, which open at noon.
    Tailgating for Vandals fans will be in the rear parking lot at VCHS, near Vandalia Swimming Pool.

  • Vandals pound Comets to advance

    In the fourth quarter of the playoff game in Greenville, Vandals defensive lineman Rilley Smock said the headline for that game should read “Defense makes a statement.” Then, Smock followed up that claim with a quarterback sack.

  • City given refresher course on TIF program

    Some city officials, and a few residents, got a refresher course on the state’s Tax Increment Financing program on Tuesday afternoon.
    At the request of Alderman Andy Lester, the city invited Mike Weber and Adam Stroud of PGAV Planners, which specializes in the TIF program and other municipal services, to give that course.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said that city officials wanted Weber and Stroud to talk about such things as how TIF funds can be spent and the establishment of rules and regulations that “help this governing body make decisions.”

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is Friday, Saturday

    A variety of activities this Friday night and Saturday will serve as the kickoff of the holiday season.
    Olde Tyme Christmas begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets, followed by Christmas carols, and runs through Saturday.
    The carols will be followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club’s Christmas Parade. Participants in the parade will include Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be visiting with local children after the parade in the former Copper Penny building at 125 S. Fourth St.

  • County coroner retiring

    Citing his displeasure with the county’s new system of formulating a budget, Fayette County’s coroner is retiring at the end of the year.

  • Burning issue

    Because of a resident’s suggestion and an alderman’s recommendation, Vandalia officials will consider making a change on what has been a burning issue – leaves.
    At the end of the discussion on the issue at Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman and aldermen agreed to discuss the topic further at a work session, with residents being invited to attend that meeting.
    In a letter to Gottman and the city council, Kenny Lewey said that he has spoken to the some of them about banning the burning of leaves.

  • Victory Shower
  • Time change is Sunday
  • Brownstown holiday shopping is back

    The Brownstown Holiday Open House returns this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Conder announces run for second term

    With one year left in her first term as the Fayette County clerk and recorder, Vicky Conder knows that she would like to hold the job for four more years.