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Today's News

  • PHOTOS: Kaskaskia College/YMCA camps

    Kaskaskia College, in conjunction with the Fayette County Family YMCA, recently held baseball and soccer camps in Vandalia. Those attending are pictured.

  • Postseason starts in community league

    Riedle Law Office and the Pink Panthers were regular-season division champions of the St. Paul summer 3-on-3 basketball league, finishing 15-1 and 14-2, respectively.

    The league’s playoff tournaments and 3-point contest began on Monday, with the championship game set for next Friday at St. Peter Lutheran School.

    Players in the league represent five counties and range in age from 17-48.

    Season leaders
    Points per game
    •Angel Osario, Joe’s Pizza, 20.5
    •Matt Riedle, Riedle Law Office, 18.2
    •Cody Bushue, Team Bushue, 14.4
    Rebounds per game
    •M. Riedle, 8.7

  • Kaskaskia College hosting boys soccer camp

    The Kaskaskia College soccer program will hold a soccer camp for boys entering kindergarten through sixth grades on July 16-20 from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

    Registration cost for the camp is $60, and includes a T-shirt.

    The camp will be instructed by Kaskaskia College head coach Frankie Basurto and current KC athletes. All players should meet at the KC Soccer Field on the first day.

    Pre‑registration is required. For a registration form or for further information, contact coach Kim Rahar at 545-3372.

  • Vandalia Lions' fireworks canceled

    In a joint press release, the city of Vandalia, Vandalia Fire Department and Vandalia Lions Club have announced Monday morning that the fireworks display that was to be held at Vandalia Lake this Tuesday has been canceled.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said, "All of us met late last week and determined that if no significant rain fell by 1 p.m. on Sunday, we would have no alternative but to cancel the fireworks display.

  • City issues No Burn order

    Due to the extremely dry conditions in the area. Mayor Rick Gottman has issued a No Burn Order for the corporate limits of the city of Vandalia.

    The order prohibits residents from any burning within the city limits.

    Although fireworks are already illegal within the City of Vandalia, citizens are STRONGLY urged to obey this restriction. All violators of this no burn order will be ticketed.

    The No Burn Order is in effect until further notice and is to ensure the safety of all citizens and their property.

  • City issues voluntary water conservation order

    With the lack of rain the past few months in the area and the extreme heat, the city of Vandalia is issuing a Voluntary Water Conservation Order. This order is for all water customers of the city of Vandalia.

    The Voluntary Water Conservation Order is a precautionary measure to help maintain water quality standards, and to lessen the mechanical strain placed on equipment at the city water treatment plant, water booster stations, and water distribution system.

  • Rohlfing earns doctorate degree

    Tracy Rohlfing, formerly of Vandalia, recently graduated with a doctor of education degree from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
    Rohlfing taught in both Brownstown and Vandalia.
    Her dissertation topic, “California Female Superintendents with Longevity,” explored the leadership qualities of female superintendents who had five or more years tenure in their current positions, which resulted in 10 common leadership trends.
    Rohlfing is currently employed with the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

  • St. Elmo board OKs co-op sports agreement

    The St. Elmo Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, June 18.
    All bills and financial reports for May were approved.
    Other action included:
    • Elementary school Principal Sean Hannagan reported that class letters will go out in mid-July.
    • High school Principal Brian Garrard reported that the summer building improvement projects are under way.

  • Three Vandalia teachers honored by IEA

    Vandalia teachers Sherry Schneider, Amy Vieregge and Todd Ehlers were recognized as Outstanding Teachers by the Illinois Education Association at the IEA Annual Awards Banquet at the N.O. Nelson Complex of the Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.

  • Attend GC Music Camp

    Bailey Jones and Haele Ruble attended the Greenville College Music Camp at Greenville college from June 10-15.

    Jones and Ruble are drum majors and will lead the Marching Vandals at Vandalia Community High School this fall.