Today's News

  • Ford show will feature Boss prototype

    Fords of all models and years – as well as different makes – will be on display at the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.

  • Two men offer city 3rd water source

    The Vandalia City Council is expected to act in two weeks on a proposal for a third water source for the city.
    In presenting that proposal, two Vandalia men told a council committee that they not only offer another water source, but offer one that is cleaner and cheaper to distribute.
    Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman, partners in Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., made their third presentation to the council’s water and sewer committee on Monday, saying that they are ready to submit a firm proposal.

  • Blythe: Why not cut aldermen?

    One month after the Vandalia City Council made a change in the city treasurer’s post to cut its expenses, the current treasurer suggested another cost-saving measure – cutting the number of aldermen in half.
    No one at the council table responded to her suggestion.

  • Treasurer suggests cutting aldermen

    One month after the Vandalia City Council changed the status of the city treasurer, saying it was a way to save money, the current treasurer made her own recommendation - cut the number of aldermen in half.

    At the end of Monday's council meeting, Marjorie Blythe said she learned this weekend that Charleston, a much larger town with a university, has only four aldermen.

    In changing the treasurer position from elected to appointed, the council reduced the salary for that post from a little more than $14,000 to $4,000.

  • City lifts burn ban

    Although the area is still experiencing some drought conditions, the recent rainfall and forecasted rain has allowed the city of Vandalia to lift the burn ban that it imposed on June 28.

    Mayor Gottman states, "Due to the recent cooler weather and rainfall we have received and in speaking with Fire Chief Ed Taylor, we believe it is safe to lift the burn ban. We still urge citizens to be careful when burning. and remind them of the criteria allowed by city ordinance for burning."

    The criteria for burning reads as follows:

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  • Swofford wins at Belk Park; Vandals place seventh

    Senior Blake Swofford won the season's first golf tournament on Monday, shooting a three-under 69 at Belk Park.
    As a team, the Vandals placed seventh out of 11 teams in the field in East Alton-Wood River.

    Swofford had four birdies during his round, on holes 5, 10, 11 and 13, and he bogeyed hole 6. Otherwise, he was par for the course.

    Sophomore Zach Schaal had the next-best round for Vandalia, shooting an 89.

    Senior Zach Jackson followed with a 94. He birdied hole 10.

  • PHOTOS: Vandal practices begin

    Fall practices are well under way for Vandalia's High School teams, with the seasons set to begin at the end of the month.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Aug. 16)

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Idaho Falls Chukars

    •Aug. 10 – Patton, a South Central graduate, struck out two in three innings of relief during a 12-5 win against Orem. He allowed four hits, but no runs or walks.  On the season, Patton is 0-6, with a 6.91 earned-run average, in 10 games, including eight starts. He has struck out 55 batters in just 41 2/3 innings pitched.

  • Atwood is MVP of men's slo-pitch league

    The Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league will be holding the finals of its annual double-elimination league championship tournament on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Seeding for that tournament, which started on Monday, was determined in a single-elimination tournament that was held last Thursday, and Buckstop Archery, the regular-season champs, earned the No. 1 seed.

    One day before, the league handed out individual awards, with Justin Atwood bringing home most valuable player honors.

    Other award winners included: