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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug. 4, 2011

    • Luyu Wang, 52, El Monte, Calif., was arrested on July 26 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Melissa C. Stevens, 33, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on July 26 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.
    • Ashley S. Pittenger, 19, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on July 25 for failure to appear in court on two misdemeanor charges. Bond was $3,500.
    • Jason L. Phillips, 31, Salem, was arrested on July 25 for failure to appear in court on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $3,000.

  • Wollerman takes over as regional superintendent

    When Julie Wollerman was sworn into office by Judge Gene Schwarm on July 18, she became the new superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 3 (Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties), the first woman to serve in the position.

  • City close to bidding streetscape work

    The city of Vandalia will know later this month whether it has good bids for more downtown streetscape work.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that bid notices for streetscape work on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets will be published in area newspapers Aug. 11-18.
    Bid forms will be distributed by the project engineer, HMG Engineers of Carlyle, and bids for the work will be opened on Aug. 22, Gottman said.
    The council should be ready to act on the bids at its Sept. 5 meeting, he said.

  • Stephens resigns from Illinois House

    Ron Stephens, who has represented residents of this region in the Illinois House of Representatives for close to three decades, resigned his seat on Tuesday.

  • City takes over Lincoln Park

    About two months after city officials learned that the Vandalia Main Street Program was being discontinued, they officially accepted the organization’s downtown park.
    The Vandalia City Council voted unanimously on Monday to accept Main Street’s Lincoln Park.

  • Players with local connections play in tourney

    The Illinois Amateur Softball Association held a state wooden bat tournament at the Vandalia Freight field this past weekend. Several local players and some former Vandalia Freight players participated in the fast-pitch tourney.

  • Early-life lessons molded new YMCA program director

    Reflecting back on the reasons why she has worked so hard to find jobs that she loved and where she could also be influential, Amber Daulbaugh pin-pointed a pair of life lessons she learned when she was young.

    “Whenever I was competing or playing (sports), he was there,” Daulbaugh said of her late father, William. “But he would always be critical, ‘Well, you did good, but you could have done this, too.’

  • Well says ASA wooden bat tourney a success

    Sixth-seeded Teutopolis Wessel’s on Sunday won the country’s inaugural Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state fast-pitch softball tournament at the Freight Field in Vandalia.

    Wessel’s lost to the Belleville Stallions in the championship game, 11-2, but because that was Wessel’s first loss, the teams met again, with T-Town coming out on top, 9-1.

    Getting to that title game was somewhat of a chore, however.

  • Field of Dreams starts another project

    Beginning last Wednesday, the fencing at the high school softball diamond was removed to make way for the construction of new dugouts that will match those at the high school baseball field. The Field of Dreams committee is holding its monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., where more information will be shared. The public is invited to attend.

  • All-weather track nears completion

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was not completed by the initial Aug. 1 deadline, but it is nearing completion.

    Heavy rains have delayed construction at times this summer, but it does not appear that the track construction will have any effect on the first home football game, which is on Sept. 9 against Roxana.