Today's News

  • Veterans Tribute, ABATE Fun Fest are this weekend

    A tribute to local veterans on Friday evening will include a performance by an Air Force band.
    The next day, a variety of activities will be offered during a festival sponsored by the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) and the Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    The Armed Forces Tribute on Friday evening on the Vandalia Statehouse lawn will get under way with a pork chop dinner provided by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance. The meal will cost $5, and serving is from 5-7:30 p.m.

  • Arbor Day Improvements in Patoka

    Several Patoka officials and a number of volunteers did landscaping work at the Welcome to Patoka sign and also planted five trees on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Stacy Hood (left), the outgoing village president, and Lura Thompson get some help from Jim Eagleton in putting plants into the ground. In the second photo, Brady Thompson helps spread landscaping rock. Other volunteers included Village Treasurer Annette McNicol, Sean Cullipp, Lynn Eagleton and Pat McCabe.

  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department is looking for the public’s help in trying to solve last Wednesday’s armed robbery of a convenience store, and it’s willing to pay for that help.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray announced on Monday that the investigation into the armed robbery at Phillips 66 shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday is continuing.
    Ray said that a white male who had his face covered entered the convenience store alone, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the attendant on duty.

  • County revises liquor ordinance

    Less than a month after it rejected a liquor license application, the Fayette County Board voted to clean up the wording of the county ordinance for one type of liquor license.
    The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to clarify that the holder of a Class A liquor license may only sell alcoholic beverages that are to be consumed on-site.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board’s liquor committee met with State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Ade-Harlow “to clarify ordinances.”

  • FS announces $5-million project

    South Central FS unveiled to city and county officials this week its plans for a $5-million facility at Vandalia’s northwest edge.

  • Lady Vandals get first regional win since 2007

    Vandalia's softball tem held off a late rally on Monday to earn its first win in a regional tournament since 2007.

    Wesclin scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that would be one run short in a 7-6 win for the Lady Vandals, who now play No. 1 seed Carlyle at Carlyle on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

    Junior Megan Godoyo threw a complete game, striking out four and allowing no earned runs, as Vandalia (4-21) committed six errors in just its fifth regional tournament win in the past 16 seasons.

  • Vandalia/Carlinville suspended after 11 innings in regional quarterfinals

    CARLINVILLE  — Because there are no lights at Carlinville's high school baseball field, the regional quarterfinal game between Vandalia and Carlinville was suspended after 11 innings on Monday due to impending darkness.

    Tied at 4-4, the game will resume at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in Carlinville, with the winner facing No. 1 seed Litchfield in the regional semifinals at Vandalia on Wednesday.

  • Seven Jr. Vandals qualify for state meet

    Seven Jr. Vandals qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state track meet, with six girls and one boy making the meet.

    Eighth-grader Curtis Gordon qualified in two events, tying his school record of 12 feet in the pole vault to place first at the Pana Sectional, and finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles.

    For the girls, three seventh-graders and three eighth-graders will make the trip to the Eastside Centre in East Peoria on Friday and Saturday.

  • St. Elmo's Hill, Patoka's Issak make state

    Two local athletes have qualified for the Illinois High School Association state track meet after placing at the Newton Sectional on Friday.

    St. Elmo junior Molly Hill will become a three-time state qualifier in the discus, after advancing with a throw of 101 feet, 6 inches.

    She placed seventh in the state last season.

    Patoka freshman Taylor Issak will make her first state appearance after qualifying in the 300-meter hurdles, with a time of 47.96 seconds, which is the 11th fastest sectional time among qualifiers.

  • Sports schedule changes: May 10-11

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference softball tournament has been moved from St. Elmo to Mulberry Grove due to poor field conditions in St. Elmo. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

    The Vandalia softball team will play a makeup game at Roxana on Friday at 4:30 p.m. That will be the final conference game of the season.

    The St. Elmo baseball team will travel to Mulberry Grove for Friday's game at 4:15 p.m.