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Today's News

  • Love of reading leads Blain to library post

    Jessica Blain acquired a love for reading when she was a child.
    She earned a business degree in college, and that love for reading led her to apply for the position as director of the Evans Public Library, which she has now filled for five years.

  • Filing period for April election extended to Dec. 26

    Individuals who are still debating whether to run for a municipal, park district or library district seat now have two more days to mull over their decision.
    Originally, the filing period for those seats was to run from next Monday through the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 23.
    But Vandalia City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the city council last week that city clerks throughout Illinois successfully lobbied to have the final filing date changed.
    Now, potential candidates have until the end of the day on Dec. 26 to file their petitions.

  • Hearing on proposed water pact is Monday

    As Vandalia officials have negotiated with a local partnership on a possible third water source for the city, some local residents have expressed concerns about that partnership affecting their water sources.
    In light of the concerns about a partnership with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., city officials have set a public hearing on the issue.
    That public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. on Monday at Vandalia City Hall. While it is scheduled as a committee meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman has urged all aldermen to be present.

  • Knebel retained as chairman

    The makeup of the Fayette County Board did not change as a result of the November general election. And now, neither has its leadership.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Dec. 13)

    Boys Basketball
    Single-game leaders
    •Points: Ritchey, 20
    •Rebounds: Ch. Woolsey, 12
    •Team points: 76
    •Team rebounds: 48
    •Team points allowed: 26 (at SCHS)
    •Margin of victory: 22 (56-34)
    Season leaders
    •Points per game: Ritchey, 12.29
    •Team points: 391
    •Field goals: Wells, 31
    •Team field goals: 150
    •Free throws made: Ritchey, 32
    •Individual FT %: Ritchey, .780

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Dec. 13)

    Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

    •Dec. 8 – Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, started and played 34 minutes for Greenville in 70-69 loss to Robert Morris-Springfield. She scored a game-high 21 points on nine field goals (two 3-pointers), and was 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds, had three steals and dished out two assists. Greenville is 6-3 (2-0 SLIAC) on the season.

  • PHOTO: Cain honored for 1,000th point

    Patoka's Jered Cain was recently recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point for the Jr. High basketball team.

  • This week's schedule (Dec. 13-19)

    VANDALIA
    Boys basketball
    •Dec. 14 – at Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 18 – at Carlyle, 6 p.m.
    Girls basketball
    •Dec. 13 – at Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 15 – vs. Altamont, 11 a.m.
    •Dec. 17 – at Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Wrestling
    •Dec. 15 – at Gibson City JV Tourney
    Jr. High boys basketball
    •Dec. 13 – vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 17 – at Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    F/S boys basketball

  • Deer numbers down locally; up state-wide

    Firearm deer hunters in Illinois harvested nearly 100,000 deer during the two weekend seasons, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    The 99,324 deer taken are 1,504 more than in 2011. The first season (Nov. 16-18) saw 72,111 deer killed, and the second season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) added another 27,213 to the total.

    There was a statewide increase of 5,610 deer killed in the first season, and a decrease of 4,046 in the second season.

  • YMCA Briefs (Dec. 13)

    Women's self-defense course begins in January

    A six-week women's self-defense course will begin on Jan. 2 at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

    The program will be held every Wednesday night through Feb. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Registration cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, and the course will be instructed by Don Theirry and Jessie West.

    The program is designed to improve awareness and de-escalate situations, while learning in a safe environment.