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Today's News

  • Sunday storm damage

    The storms that moved through Fayette County on Sunday afternoon and evening included winds that appeared to blow hardest through Brownstown, where the damage included a large tree behind the Christian Church being uprooted. The winds also damaged a number of trees across the street in Brownstown Central Park.

  • Pontious women participate in Honor Flights

    The three members of the Pontious family – Robyn, Kelly Washburn and their mother, Susie – have all traveled as guardians to World War II veterans on Central Illinois Honor Flights to Washington D.C.

  • Avenue of Flags volunteers needed

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia plans to put out its Avenue of Flags display on Memorial Day, and it is again asking for volunteers to help with the display.
    Anyone who is interested in helping to put up the veterans’ flags that make up the display are asked to report to the Legion Home at 321 S. Seventh St. at 6 a.m. on Monday.
    Volunteers will also be need to take down the flags on Monday afternoon.

  • Memorial Day observances

    Local veterans organizations will honor those who died while serving in the military with programs on Monday.
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    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. at the Legion Home, located at 321 S. Seventh St.

  • First public meeting on new VCHS drug policy is next Thursday

    Students who plan to participate in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School now will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
    That policy, adopted by the district board of education at its April meeting, expands the previous policy from athletics to all extracurricular activities – which are defined as “any activity where students represent Vandalia CUSD #203 voluntarily and for which no academic credit or grades are rewarded.”

  • Vandalia's burning ordinance

    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF VANDALIA MUNICIPAL CODE AT CHAPTER 9, PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE AT SECTION 9.12.060 BONFIRES
    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VANDALIA, ILLINOIS:
    SECTION I: That Section 9.12.060 Bonfires be and the same is amended by deletion of the existing title and paragraphs A and B and substitution of the following:
    9.12.060 BURNING WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS

  • City has new burning law

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new ordinance governing burning in the city, an amended version that is much like the one it replaces.
    Under the new ordinance, city residents can continue to burn leaves, as long as they follow the guidelines set by law. (Ordinance on Page 16A).
    Passage of the burning ordinance amendment comes about 3½ weeks after the council’s public safety and streets committee recommended that the city continue to allow leaf-burning.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 24

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, May 26

    ✔ The annual horseshoes tournament to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life will be held at Eric Miller's residence. For more information, contact Miller at 846-2861 or Daisy Hipsher at 780-8265.

  • Gordon is state champ

    Vandalia seventh-grader Curtis Gordon on Saturday became the junior high’s first state champion in more than 30 years by winning the pole vault.

    His vault of 10 feet was three inches short of his personal best, but it was still good enough to beat out two contenders by three inches.

    “My hard work paid off through the year,” Gordon said on Monday. “There were a lot of good competitors at the meet, but I guess I had the best day.”

  • Three Vandals set school records, make state

    Three Vandalia High School boys track athletes qualified for the state meet, and each of them set one school record in the process.

    Senior Quenten Austin headlines the group – which includes juniors Ryan Ambuehl and Wade Cowger – after winning the sectional championship in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

    “These guys set goals and worked for the goals, and it’s a privilege to be part of that,” said coach Jane Bell. “Coaches put together the workouts, but the athletes have to do them.”