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Today's News

  • City hears objections to Mabrys' restaurant plans

    The city of Vandalia’s legal counsel said it’s his legal opinion that a couple planning to start a restaurant on Vandalia Lake cannot legally do so at their planned location.
    About three weeks after residents living in a lake subdivision near the bridge on Ill. Route 185 voiced their objections to the plans of Steve and Latisha Mabry to the county board, they did the same to the city council.

  • Palmer new school board president

    Chris Palmer was elected president and Matt Hall was elected vice president of the Vandalia Board of Education at its reorganizational meeting on Monday.

  • County OKs liquor license for Lashes

    Less than four weeks after voting down a request for a liquor license, the Fayette County Board approved the renewal of a license.
    And, as they did so, the board chairman assured the holders of the renewed license that the two requests differed substantially.
    The board took only about 10 minutes to OK the renewal of the license for Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James, a rural area between St. Elmo and St. Peter.

  • Ray is new police chief

    A Vandalia native who has been an officer with the city police department for the past 13 years is the department’s new chief.

  • 13 years in DUI case

    A Shobonier man who had nine prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as numerous convictions for driving while his license is revoked, has agreed to a 13-year prison sentence.

  • Seniors Cowger, Ambuehl win SCC championships

    GILLESPIE – Seniors Ryan Ambuehl and Wade Cowger set school records to each earn a South Central Conference individual track championship, and both finished second in another event.

    Racing at Gillespie High School, Cowger took an easy win in the 800-meter run (2:01.22), and Ambuehl won a 100-meter sprint at the end of the 400-meter dash (:51.36) to get the win.

    “Those guys worked hard and reaped the benefits,” said coach Jane Bell. “It’s always great to have conference champions.”

  • Jr. Vandals break two conference records

    The Vandalia Jr. High track teams had five individual conference champions at Tuesday’s Jr. Mid-State Conference meet in Pana.

  • Godoyo shines in return to Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – It was a long time coming.

    Junior Megan Godoyo made her first appearance for the Lady Vandals since she was a freshman last Wednesday and immediately showed why she has been missed so much the past two seasons.

    Pitching at about 80 percent of her full strength, Godoyo struck out six over five innings of work to put Vandalia in position to take a 2-1 South Central Conference win from Hillsboro.

  • Beasley's record spring continues with 31st win in no-hitter

    The record-setting spring continued for St. Elmo senior Connor Beasley.

    Pitching in the second game of a doubleheader last Wednesday, Beasley pitched a no-hitter, striking out 19 batters to tie his own school record in a 1-0 win for the Eagles. He had previously struck out 19 batters on April 8.

    With the win, Beasley set the school record for career wins with 31. Logan Mahon had previously held that record.

    Ramsey's Waylon Davis was the tough-luck loser in the game, allowing just two hits and one walk over his six innings of work.

  • IHSA regional softball, baseball starts Monday

    The Illinois High School Association baseball and softball regional tournaments begin on Monday.

    All games that are played on Monday will be played at the higher-seeded team's school. There is no play-in game at the St. Elmo softball regional.

    Games scheduled for any day later in the week will be played at the regional host's school.