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Today's News

  • Congratulations to area athletes

    It's the time of year to step up. It's the time when champions rise to the challenges and leaders lead.
    And that's exactly what we've seen recently from athletes at Vandalia Community High School.
    Members of the wrestling team and the boys basketball team have shown such strength of character as they've competed in recent days.
    Five wrestlers qualified for the state individual tournament, with Levi Ulmer coming home with a fifth-place medal. And Tuesday night, the squad pulled out a close match with Herrin to return to state as a team.

  • Persistance may pay off with intake

    Understandably, the city of Vandalia has kept a close watch on its spending the past couple of years. That has meant delaying some needed infrastructure projects.
    But one city alderman is making sure that one of those projects, the Kaskaskia River intake, is not forgotten.
    Terry Beesley announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that, as a way of getting something done with the intake, he has contacted every state agency he could think of, looking for some type of free assistance.

  • All About You Day Spa Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Feb. 9 at All About You Day Spa, a new business located at 522 W. Gallatin.

    Owner Ashley Metzger Miller, center, is joined Mayor Rick Gottman, her parents and several members of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Other members of the spa's staff are Cinde Ward, Mindy Roe and Elaine Feezel.

  • Chamber hears about social media

    Local businessman Josh Henry presented a program on "The Basics of Social Media" at the first meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

  • Business Briefs

    Woolsey Brothers RSVPs due Feb. 25
    Customers of Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply who received invitations for the company's appreciation day dinner are asked to send in the RSVP card by this Saturday.
    That RSVP is necessary to ensure seating and a meal at the company's annual meeting.
    Two meetings are being held – one at noon and the other at 6:30 p.m. – on Thursday, March 1.
    Entertainment for both meetings will be provided by country singer Moe Bandy.

  • NAA

    For 15 years, Phil White was in construction – building houses in St. Louis, Nashville and Florida.

  • Smith is speaker at the first Lenten Luncheon

    Scott Smith, the youth pastor at First Church of God, will be the speaker at the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at First Christian Church in Vandalia.

  • HMG honored for downtown streetscape project

    A project to improve downtown Vandalia’s appearance and infrastructure has generated an award for the engineering firm that designed it.

  • School board OKs new contracts for administrators

    In a meeting that lasted about 45 minutes, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved multi-year contracts for most of its administrators and OK’d the purchase of a school bus.

  • Alderman gets free help with river intake

    As it has worked to get its financial house in order, the city of Vandalia has allowed one costly project to fall by the wayside for the time being.
    But one alderman doesn’t want that to continue.
    Terry Beesley told Mayor Rick Gottman and other city aldermen on Tuesday night that he had contacted a number of governmental agencies about providing some advice on the city’s raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Beesley said he finally found someone willing to listen to him, and to consider providing some assistance.