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Today's News

  • City will consider allowing portable buildings on lake lots

    The Vandalia Lake Committee has been directed to draft specifications for an ordinance change that will allow a new type of structure to be placed on lease lots at the lake.
    Alderman Mike Hobler, chairman of the lake committee, said at Monday’s city council meeting that a lease holder had asked the committee to allow placement of a structure “based along the lines of portable sheds” on his lake lot.
    That is currently not allowed, as city ordinance requires lease holders to have a trailer or mobile home on lots on the north side of the lake.

  • Wallace takes over as manager of Legion Home

    Pamela Wallace is a new “Fayette Face,” having recently moved to Vandalia to assume the responsibilities of the manager of the American Legion Home.

  • Stout announces his plans to run for mayor

    When Rick Gottman announced at a city council meeting last month that he would run for re-election, he wasn’t the only one at the meeting interested in running for Vandalia’s mayoral seat next spring.

  • Streetscape project scaled back again sc

    After taking a closer look at proposed streetscape work on side streets in Vandalia’s downtown business district – and the funds available to do that work – city officials have decided to concentrate on one two-block section for now.
    The city has received $630,000 in Community Development Assistance Program funds from the state for streetscape improvements in one-block sections north and south of Gallatin Street.

  • Former librarian pleads guilty

    The former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning.
    Terri E. Gillespie signed an open guilty plea to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 of government funds.
    An open plea resulted from plea bargaining through which Gillespie admitted committing the theft, but terms of a sentence were not agreed upon.

  • PHOTOS: First Annual St. Elmo Kickball Tournament

    The St. Elmo Tourism Committee held its first annual kickball tournament in Deken Park on Saturday morning, with three teams competing.

  • PHOTO: National champion tumbler

    Vandalia resident Kassidy VanUytven, 8, recently won a gold medal in tumbling at the AAU Jr. Olympics in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven.

  • Von Behren hired by Maryville University

    A Vandalia Community High School graduate has been hired as the head baseball coach at Maryville University, a Division II school in St. Louis.

    Seth Von Behren is the ninth coach in Maryville’s history, and the Saints will be the fourth team he has coached for at the collegiate level.

  • Leiken wins SIGA player's title

    Rising Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken won the player's championship and the points championship on the Southern Illinois Golf Association's Jr. Tour.

    With a 72, Leiken won the SIGA JGT Vogler Ford-Linoln-Mazda Player's Championship by seven strokes in the 16-18-year-old girls division at Franklin County Country Club on Monday.

    It was Leiken's 10th victory of the summer in 12 events, giving her a wide margin in the points championship, which she won, 160.25-139.

  • PHOTOS: Cardinals Motorcycle Powers Through Town

    Hobi Timmons of Germantown and his award-winning customized St. Louis Cardinals Harley Davidson motorcycle made a stop in Vandalia last Thursday, when Timmons was visiting the Krueger family.

    Timmons' motorcycle has twice been driven on the field at Busch Stadium and has placed in motorcycle shows in several states.

    The bike includes hand-painted details, such as a photo of Busch Stadium and baseball cards of 13 Cardinal legends, and a seat modeled after a baseball glove.