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Today's News

  • Logo selected for Fayette County family histories book

    The Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society has announced the logo for its Fayette County Family History Book – a sketch of the Vandalia Statehouse within the outline of Fayette County.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 2

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Devin J. Mathis, 19, 320 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 30 on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jacob Nishke, 20, 1525 Shelley Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on April 30 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Monty E. Evans, 31, Altamont, was arrested on April 29 for failure to appear in court in Fayette, Effingham and Coles counties. Bond totaled $152,000.

  • Arika Craig loves all types of music

    It seems like God gave Arika Craig a love of music when she was very young. Her taste in music is eclectic – she likes all kinds, and she wants to study and pursue a career in music.

  • Electric aggregation hearing is Monday

    Vandalia residents will have an opportunity on Monday night to learn more about the electrical aggregation issue they approved in the April election.
    During that hearing, a summary of the plan of operations and governance will be presented. That plan will explain the implementation of the opt-out municipal electricity aggregation plan.
    The roles of both the city and its aggregation consultant, Good Energy, “will be defined as they relate to various stages of the process,” according to the city’s legal notice for the meeting.

  • Murder for hire

    A judge ruled last week that a Farina man should go to trial on a charge of trying to arrange for the murder of his wife.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, has been in Fayette County Jail since April 5, one day after authorities were told that he allegedly arranged to have someone kill his wife.
    Judge James Roberts ruled that Fulk should face trial on the Class X felony at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing last Wednesday afternoon in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • A New Bridle Suite at VCC

    The Vandalia Correctional Center staff welcomed six new residents on Monday. Those new residents are unlike any others housed at any prison in Illinois.

  • Ambuehl signs with Belleville-Lindenwood

    Vandalia senior Ryan Ambuehl last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play football for Lindenwood University-Belleville.

  • Ruffner repeats as high jump champ; Vandalia is 6th

    LITCHFIELD – Senior Sierah Ruffner repeated as South Central Conference high jump champion, and Vandalia had six other placers on Tuesday to finish sixth at the SCC meet at Litchfield High School.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet, 2 inches with ease on her first attempt at that height to win the event, and nearly was able to get over two more inches, just nicking the bar on her second attempt at 5 feet, 4 inches.

    Pana’s Allie Schoonover and Gillespie’s Kayli Morris each cleared 5 feet, but did not threaten Ruffner at 5-2.

  • Vandals fall to Greenville, split SCC matchups

    The Vandals picked up their first win South Central Conference win of the season on Tuesday, using a five-run fifth inning to break a tie in an 8-3 win against Carlinville.

    Seniors Leyton Godoyo and Michael Wells each had three hits – including a double – in support of sophomore Zach Schaal, who fired a complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks.