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Today's News

  • Heli-Trimmer

    A helicopter with a cutting device featuring several circular blades was used to trim tree limbs near power lines on the banks of the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia last Thursday.
     

  • New law requires background checks for city licenses

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that requires a background check prior to the issuance of city business licenses.
    The council also approved an ordinance change that increases the penalties for public decency violations, but did not act on a law change governing penalties for city code violations.
    The law requiring background checks for business license applicants, and their employees, comes about four months after the council began discussing such a requirement.

  • Walking for a Cause
  • McDowell recognized as oldest WWII vet

    • The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a depression, population in the U.S. was a little more than 87,000,000, and Mildred McDowell was born on Feb. 17.

  • Only one person at school hearing

    Only one person showed up for a public meeting held last Thursday by Vandalia school officials to explain district’s new drug screening policy for all extracurricular activity participants.
    But that person provided a little pushback on the policy passed by the board of education in April.
    “I don’t think that the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities should come at the expense of sacrificing a personal liberty,” said Dave Hall, a Vandalia minister, who also is a substitute teacher in the district.

  • City will discuss downtown parking

    For the second time in three months, city officials began discussions about possible changes to laws governing parking in Vandalia’s downtown business district.
    They will continue those discussions after getting some input from local residents and business owners.
    Back in March, the city council began talking about possible law changes when Alderman Andy Lester passed on a complaint from a downtown merchant.

  • Senior Spotlight: Nick Metzger

    Nick Metzger wasn’t much of a ballplayer four years ago.

    Self-described as “not very good and really slow” during his first year with the Vandals, Metzger didn’t let his lack of ability force him out of the game.

    “Coach saw something in me, so I got to play,” he said.

    And it was a good thing he had a supportive coach, because the recent Vandalia graduate became an essential player his junior and senior seasons.

  • Sr. Legion squad posts another solid victory

    A towering home run from Brady Huber and a three-run seventh inning pushed the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad to victory against Aviston last Thursday.

    Huber, a 2012 Greenville graduate, blasted a solo home run more than 360 feet in the fourth to tie the game at two, and Post 95 used a timely hit and aggressive base running in the seventh to put away the 6-2 win.

    “That’s the way we want to play,” said coach Andy Rincker. “We want to be aggressive and force the issue.”

  • Jr. Legion gets first win of season against Salem

    Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team notched its first victory of the season, using a strong start on offense and a stellar pitching effort to beat Salem, 6-1, in a district game on Monday.

    The first four batters in the bottom of the first inning all scored, and Clinton Hood pitched six innings, allowing a run in the first and just five base runners after that.

    “Clinton did a good job of throwing first-pitch strikes to stay ahead of hitters,” said coach TK Kinkead. “He pitches to contact, and the defense made plays behind him.”

  • Legion notes: Post 95's offense rolling

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion offense has all the pieces to put up a lot of runs this season, and based on how it hit in the first two games of the season, coach Andy Rincker knew it wasn’t going to be long before the runs started piling up.

    Despite scoring just 10 runs in the first two games of the season, Post 95 pounded out 21 hits and had 33 total base runners.

    But with the lack of runs, Rincker could tell something still wasn’t quite there.