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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Adam L. Gonczy, 28, 122 Southview Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on May 14 on a charge of burglary. Bond was $15,000.
    • Jason K. Troxell, 50, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on May 14 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $10,000.
    • Jose Gutierrez, 34, Green Bay, Wis., was arrested on May 13 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Buscher named boys basketball coach

    The Vandalia school board on Tuesday approved the decision to hire Brian Buscher as the head coach of the high school boys basketball team.

    Buscher, who has served as a basketball assistant coach for several years, will now coach two varsity teams at VCHS, as he is also the head coach of the softball team.

    "Through softball, he has shown that he can do the job of a head coach," said Superintendent Rich Well. "This is an opportunity for him to take on the task at hand and give it a shot."

  • The Other Lincoln

    While students in Vandalia's schools learn a lot about Abraham Lincoln, they know very little about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln presenter, Marilyn Cole, changed that by visiting with students in Jenny Lester's third-grade class  at Vandalia Elementary School last Thursday.

  • Lady Rams set for title game

    ALTAMONT – Shaunna Rainey stood on the back of the bench in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s regional semifinal game, showering her teammates with encouragement from the perch she called her “rally spot.”

    It turned out that that wouldn't even her biggest contribution in the inning.

    The junior blasted a triple to center field to cap a six-run inning that gave the second-seeded Lady Rams a 10-5 comeback win against No. 3 St. Anthony and a spot in Saturday’s championship game against Altamont.

  • New type of luminaria bag offered at Relay

    The baton is passed on, from hand to hand,
    As the race for the cure continues on,
    And when the foe has been disarmed,
    The survivors will have won.

    For the dreaded disease is losing,
    And the battle must continue on,
    ‘Till the words “cancer-free” ring around the world,
    And that will be the survivors’ “Victory Song.”
     

  • Jr. Vandals sending 11 athletes to state

    Five school records fell and 11 athletes qualified for the state meet at last Saturday’s Jr. High sectional meet in Effingham.

    The Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state meet will be held at the Eastside Center in East Peoria on Friday and Saturday.

    Seventh-grader Curtis Gordon broke his own school records in both of his individual events and was the first leg of a relay that set a record.

  • Man charged with possessing stolen firearms

    A rural Vandalia man was arrested on Saturday on charges that include possession of stolen firearms.
    On Monday, he was formally charged with that offense.
    According to the arrest log at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne D. Harbison, 61, RR 3, was arrested on Saturday on charges of sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen firearms.

  • School district still struggling with shortfalls in state funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District was able to save $275,000 in payroll costs by not filling openings left by retiring staffers, it still may be hard pressed to keep up with plummeting state funds.
    “We saved $275,000 without cutting a job,” Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night. “We did all that through retirements. Nobody is going to the unemployment line because we cut their job.”

  • Jr. Vandals break four conference records

    Four Junior Mid-State Conference records were broken by Vandalia track athletes at last Tuesday’s conference meet in Litchfield.

    Eighth-grader Jalea Paslay set the conference mark in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:33.9, while the other three records were set in the pole vault.

    Curtis Gordon (9 feet, 9 inches) set the seventh-grade boys mark, Emma Meyer (7 feet, 6 inches) set the seventh-grade girls record and Karlie Bright (8 feet, 3 inches) set the eighth-grade girls mark.

    Other individuals conference champions were:

  • City staying in the black

    In sifting through the city of Vandalia’s budget for the new fiscal year, one would see some funds ending the year with a positive balance and some with a deficit.
    But, overall, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the budget shows the city in the black at the end of the new fiscal year on April 30, 2013.
    The city council approved a new budget in a special session at the end of last month, then approved an amended version of the financial document last week.