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Today's News

  • Council OKs TIF grants

    As they approved two Tax Increment Financing grants on Monday, Vandalia’s aldermen continued to ask for some local TIF guidelines.
    The council awarded a $7,575 grant to BTW Inc. for improvements to facilities at 120 N. Sixth St. and a $10,800 grant to Dennis Grubaugh for structural repairs to a building at 511 W. Gallatin St.
    With the funds given to BTW Inc., Brian Westendorf plans to do concrete work, and install new fencing and gates, overhead doors, new metal siding and trim, a new roof, new signage and new electrical wiring.

  • KC begins discussions on Phase II of Vandalia Campus

    When they opened the doors to the Vandalia Campus, about four years ago, Kaskaskia College officials expressed hope of receiving state funds that would double the size of the local campus.
    Last Friday, KC President Jim Underwood and other college officials reported that the receipt of those state funds is pending

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins all lived in Ramsey at the time of this photo, more than 50 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Carey Oldfield of Vandalia, the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was in Springfield to compete in the Illinois Miss County Fair pageant.
    Fayette County was hit with several bursts of snow and freezing rain.
    The Vandalia wrestling team held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A in the state.

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – St. Louis-based Laclede Steel selected Vandalia for its new pipe finishing and warehouse facility. It was to employ 54 workers.

  • Village of Dressor is now a ghost town

    Named for the man who owned the land, Nathaniel Dressor of Bond County, this Ramsey township village is a Fayette County ghost town.

  • Make final push for KC funding

    Though the state has appropriated about $5.6 million for the construction of the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, those funds still have not been released.
    With Phase I of the campus now four years old, it’s time for the state to release those funds – which were originally appropriated for Phase I of the project but never released. As a result, the first phase was built with local funds that should’ve been matched by the state.

  • Bruno scores 1,000th point on 3-pointer at Highland

    HIGHLAND – Taking 100 or more extra shots every weekday since the summer has paid off for Amber Bruno.

    The Vandalia junior lifted a 3-pointer with about a minute left in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game at the Highland Tournament to score her 1,000th career point, becoming the 10th female in school history to reach the mark.

  • Wollerman expected to score 1,000th point on Monday

    Vandalia senior Haley Wollerman needs three more points to reach 1,000 for her career. Those points should be scored on Monday, during a home game against Litchfield.

  • Vandal wrestlers win SCC; split home tri-meet

    With an “emotional” team win at Litchfield last Thursday, the Vandalia wrestlers secured a perfect South Central Conference record, and the Vandals followed that with a split at a home tri-meet on Saturday.

    Freshman Ryne Lispey – who earned the clinching pin against Litchfield, during a 33-31 victory – had a chance to secure another team win against Monticello on Saturday, but he was pinned by a more-experience opponent.

  • Lady Vandals lose two games and star guard

    HIGHLAND – The Lady Vandals were unable to earn a win at the Highland Tournament and will not play again until next Monday.

    Hopefully, the time off will give them a chance to figure out their new offense.

    Belleville West found many open shots and grabbed plenty of offensive rebounds during a 66-40 win against Vandalia on Tuesday.