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Today's News

  • Oldhams add hummingbirds to Hee Haw Acres

    David and Susan Oldham’s attention, time and interest had long been exclusively dedicated to the several donkeys that reside on their rural Vandalia homeplace.

  • Firefighters kept busy over past week

    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters have been kept busy within the past week.

  • Council OKs selling city land

    Meeting only briefly on Monday evening, the Vandalia City Council took action designed to lure two commercial businesses.
    During that meeting, which lasted only two minutes, the council voted to seek bids on two parcels of land that the city owns in the western Interstate 70 interchange area.
    Two ordinances on the sale of those parcels actually replace two ordinances OK’d by the council at its June 18 meeting.
    One ordinance allows the city to accept bids on roughly 3.104 acres of land in the western interchange area.

  • Talks on city officials' pay begin

    A Vandalia City Council committee has formed recommendations on future salaries for the town’s mayor and aldermen.
    But the salaries for Vandalia’s city clerk and city treasurer are still up for discussion. Those discussions will include the possibility of combining the treasurer’s duties with those of the clerk.
    Under state law, the city council is required to approve salary levels for elected city officials at least 180 days prior to the election for those officials.

  • Area teams struggle in third shootout

    Three local teams struggled in the third Vandal Shootout, with Vandalia, St. Elmo and Patoka each falling in the first round of Tuesday’s tournament.

    None of the three teams were able to pick up victories on the second day of pool play on Tuesday, with each losing twice, though the Vandals did have a couple of close contests.

    In its first game of the morning, Vandalia held the lead in parts of each quarter and never trailed by more than four points in the final period, but ultimately came up a point short in a 36-35 loss to Altamont.

  • Post 95 pranks coach after run-rule victory

    Sr. Legion coach Andy Rincker watched last Wednesday as two of his players prepared to dump the contents of the water cooler on him.

    But instead of trying to avoid the inevitable, he stood calmly and let the cold water flow over his body.

    Earlier in the year, players wouldn’t have been able to pull such a prank, but after pounding out 15 hits in five innings for an 11-1 win against Granite City, it was a little easier for Rincker to smile about it.

  • Jr. Legion splits with Granite City, Newton

    It looked like a home run off of the bat, but Collin Nestleroad tracked the ball’s path anyway.

    And it was a good thing, because his over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track in the top of the seventh inning last Wednesday proved to be a game-saver.

    Johnnie Clift had a pair of doubles and scored twice and three pitchers combined for a four-hitter before Nestleroad’s catch during a 6-5 Jr. Legion win against Granite City.

  • NASCAR driver takes second at county speedway

    A driver on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who also runs a full dirt track schedule placed second at Fayette County Speedway last Thursday.

    Kenny Wallace was unable to beat out Fayette County Speedway regular Larry Anderson in the feature of the UMP Modifieds during a special show for the Summer Nationals.

    Wallace has started seven Nationwide races this season, driving the No. 99 car for RAB Racing.

    In his career, he has driven to nine Nationwide Series wins and 172 top 10s. He was the 1989 Rookie of the Year and finished second in points in 1991.

  • Field of Dreams committee hosting camp

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee will be hosting a pitcher’s and catcher’s camp at the high school baseball field from July 16-20.

    There will be two sessions of the camp, which is being instructed by Kyle Hawkins. Ages 9-14 will participate from 8-10 a.m. daily, and ages 15-18 will participate from 10 a.m.-noon daily.

    Older participants in the first session may stay for the second sessions if they choose.

    The registration cost is $20 per child and must be paid prior to start of camp. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.

  • Vandalia's Men's Slo-Pitch (June 25)

    Monday, June 25
    Game 1
    Riedle Law Firm 5
    Keck's Marsh 2
    Riedle: Mark Lewis, 2B; Ryan Thiele, 2B; Marcus Smalls, 2B.
    Keck's: Hans Christian, 2B.
    Game 2
    Riedle 7
    Keck's 5
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, GW HR.
    Game 3
    Buckstop Archery 14
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    Buckstop: Brent Bayles, 2B; Brian Rosenkoetter, 2B.
    Mont.: Tyler Montgomery, 2B.
    Game 4
    Buckstop 14
    Montgomery 7
    Buckstop: Brent Bayles, 2B, 3B; Justin Atwood, 2B.