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Today's News

  • County board OKs redistricting map

    Fayette County officials charged with reorganizing the seven county districts to reflect population shifts learned that the task would not be anywhere near as difficult as they expected.
    In fact, they learned that all they had to do was make a trip to Springfield, and the work would be done for them.
    At its meeting last Thursday, the county board approved a new district map that includes only two changes – moving Bowling Green Township from District 7 to District 1, and moving two blocks in Vandalia (100 residents) from District 3 to District 4.

  • Drone retires; Wollerman promoted to regional superintendent

    The regional superintendent of schools for this three-county area announced last Thursday night that he was retiring, with that decision based on the governor’s attempts to reduce funding for that level of education in the state.

  • City moves on more downtown work; Dean Black resigns

    Vandalia officials will take the next step on more downtown improvements this Thursday afternoon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the council’s street committee will be meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday to work on plans for improvements in the one-block areas of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets.

  • Niemerg named assistant principal at VCHS

    A science teacher and coach at Vandalia Community High School has been hired as assistant principal there.

  • School district 'in real solid shape'

    In an abbreviated 30-minute meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday heard a preliminary report on the district’s fiscal-year-end financial statement and approved a handful of personnel items.
    The board also spent several hours on Tuesday – both before and after the monthly meeting – interviewing five candidates for the assistant principal position at Vandalia Community High School. After those interviews were completed, the board voted to hire VCHS science teacher Nick Niemerg as the new assistant principal. See associated story on page 11.

  • Car-nival at the lake

    All types of Fords – from one of the earliest Model T’s to some late-model Mustangs – were on display at Vandalia Lake over the weekend.

  • 19-year-old Jr. Legion coach happy to be part of team's tourney run

    SALEM – TK Kinkead isn’t sure if he will coach the Vandalia Jr. Legion team next summer.

    The 19-year-old Collinsville resident and former Vandalia player said that being a college student and driving to games only to have them rained out, at times, made coaching difficult this season. But after guiding Post 95 through an improbable run to the semifinals of the District Tournament this past weekend, he may just get the coaching itch next June.

  • Post it up: The tourney was memorable

    SALEM – It was an unexpected ride for the Vandalia Jr. Legion squad, but it was one the players will always remember.

    Seeded last among East Division teams after winning just six regular-season games, Post 95 upset Salem and South Central in dramatic fashion last Thursday and Friday, before being relegated to the loser’s bracket after losing a lead to Teutopolis in the semifinals of the District Tournament on Saturday.

  • Post 95 just misses shot at district title

    SALEM – With one more out, Vandalia was going to be relegated to the loser’s bracket.

    But Johnnie Clift had another idea.

    His three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning put Vandalia ahead, 10-8, during the semifinal game of the Jr. Legion District Tournament on Saturday night. But with the help of a couple controversial umpiring decisions and a handful of Vandalia errors, top-seeded Teutopolis stormed back in the bottom half to win, 11-10.

  • Vandalia outlasts South Central in 11-inning game

    SALEM – The suicide squeeze is one of the most exciting plays in baseball.

    It's also one of the most dangerous.

    Nonetheless, Vandalia coach TK Kinkead drew up the play for Nick Metzger as the clock approached 11 p.m. last Friday night in the second-round of the Jr. Legion District Tournament.

    Metzger squared, placed a perfect bunt and Leyton Godoyo scored to give Post 95 a slim 4-3 lead in the 11th inning against South Central.