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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 17, 2011

    • Matthew Rentfro, 31, Cowden, was arrested on Nov. 14 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $10,000.
    • Charles E. Chrisman, 38, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 14 on an alleged violation of an order of protection and violation of bail bond. No bond amount was listed.
    • Robert E. Matthews, 24, 330 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 14 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond amount was listed.

  • Ed Taylor Jr. takes over as chief of Vandalia Fire Department

    When Ed Taylor Jr. recently stepped into the shoes of the retiring chief, Merle Adermann, the “fit” was not exact, but as Taylor had been first assistant chief for several years, he had an idea of what the “walk” in those shoes would be like.

  • Well: Schools' financial rating 'shows progress'

    Though the Vandalia Community School District scored only a 1 out of a possible 4 points for its long-term debt status, its other financial indicators were strong enough to give it an overall rating of 3.60 on a scale of 4.0.
    That rating propelled the district into the “recognition” category, the highest level given by the Illinois State Board of Education, according to the district’s annual audit report, which was presented to the Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

  • City committee discusses leaf-burning issue

    Vandalia officials and a small group of residents discussed for an hour on Tuesday afternoon whether the city should continue to allow leaf burning, or whether it should offer alternatives to it.
    At the end of that hour, aldermen present for that meeting agreed that this will not be an easy decision to make, and not one to make before getting as much input as possible from local residents.

  • Senior Spotlight: Levi Ulmer

    There are just some arguments that a senior in high school won’t win.

    That’s a tough concept to handle for senior Levi Ulmer, a standout Vandalia football player and wrestler, because he hopes to be a lawyer some day.

    But even when that day comes, Ulmer still might not be able to defeat his most formidable foe.

    “Against my mom,” Ulmer said of the last argument he lost. “It was if she should get a Mini Cooper or a Challenger. She won, and got the Mini Cooper.”

  • South Central's Neilson signs with Lincoln Land

    FARINA – When Kinzie Neilson attended a camp at Lincoln Land Community College prior to her senior year, LLCC coach Jim Dietz had a few suggestions for her arm swing.

    When he scouted Neilson at this season’s regional tournament, he was very pleased to see that she had taken his suggestions seriously.

  • The College Report: IC makes the playoffs

    Illinois College is in uncharted territory.

    Never before has the Illinois College football team qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs. That all changed on Sunday evening.

    After posting a 9-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Midwest Conference, the IC Blueboys got the call. They were the final team that did. They will travel to play Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., on Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • The College Report: IC makes the playoffs

    Illinois College is in uncharted territory.

    Never before has the Illinois College football team qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs. That all changed on Sunday evening.

    After posting a 9-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Midwest Conference, the IC Blueboys got the call. They were the final team that did. They will travel to play Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., on Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • Neilson named MTC Player of the Year; five others recognized

    South Central senior Kinzie Neilson was named the Midland Trail Conference Player of the Year, coach Mary Brimberry was named Co-Coach of the Year and four other Lady Cougars were named all-conference.

    Senior Emily Atwood finished second in the voting for Player of the Year honors to earn first-team all-conference status for the second season in a row. Brimberry said that she had hoped Neilson and Atwood would have shared Player of the Year honors.

  • Vandalia volleyball team makes big donation to Relay For Life

    The proceeds from this season's Volley for a Cure game at Vandalia Community High School last week were donated to the Fayette County Relay for Life team. The amount donated was $7,428.13