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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 17

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, May 18

  • Two locals qualify for state meet

    Vandalia junior Sierah Ruffner and St. Elmo sophomore Molly Hill have both qualified for this weekend’s state track meet.

    Ruffner cleared state qualifying height of 5-feet, 2 inches in high jump to place second at the Newton Sectional and make the state meet, and Hill threw the discus 113 feet, 2 inches to win the sectional.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Adam L. Gonczy, 28, 122 Southview Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on May 14 on a charge of burglary. Bond was $15,000.
    • Jason K. Troxell, 50, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on May 14 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $10,000.
    • Jose Gutierrez, 34, Green Bay, Wis., was arrested on May 13 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Buscher named boys basketball coach

    The Vandalia school board on Tuesday approved the decision to hire Brian Buscher as the head coach of the high school boys basketball team.

    Buscher, who has served as a basketball assistant coach for several years, will now coach two varsity teams at VCHS, as he is also the head coach of the softball team.

    "Through softball, he has shown that he can do the job of a head coach," said Superintendent Rich Well. "This is an opportunity for him to take on the task at hand and give it a shot."

  • The Other Lincoln

    While students in Vandalia's schools learn a lot about Abraham Lincoln, they know very little about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln presenter, Marilyn Cole, changed that by visiting with students in Jenny Lester's third-grade class  at Vandalia Elementary School last Thursday.

  • Lady Rams set for title game

    ALTAMONT – Shaunna Rainey stood on the back of the bench in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s regional semifinal game, showering her teammates with encouragement from the perch she called her “rally spot.”

    It turned out that that wouldn't even her biggest contribution in the inning.

    The junior blasted a triple to center field to cap a six-run inning that gave the second-seeded Lady Rams a 10-5 comeback win against No. 3 St. Anthony and a spot in Saturday’s championship game against Altamont.

  • New type of luminaria bag offered at Relay

    The baton is passed on, from hand to hand,
    As the race for the cure continues on,
    And when the foe has been disarmed,
    The survivors will have won.

    For the dreaded disease is losing,
    And the battle must continue on,
    ‘Till the words “cancer-free” ring around the world,
    And that will be the survivors’ “Victory Song.”
     

  • Jr. Vandals sending 11 athletes to state

    Five school records fell and 11 athletes qualified for the state meet at last Saturday’s Jr. High sectional meet in Effingham.

    The Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state meet will be held at the Eastside Center in East Peoria on Friday and Saturday.

    Seventh-grader Curtis Gordon broke his own school records in both of his individual events and was the first leg of a relay that set a record.

  • Man charged with possessing stolen firearms

    A rural Vandalia man was arrested on Saturday on charges that include possession of stolen firearms.
    On Monday, he was formally charged with that offense.
    According to the arrest log at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne D. Harbison, 61, RR 3, was arrested on Saturday on charges of sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen firearms.

  • School district still struggling with shortfalls in state funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District was able to save $275,000 in payroll costs by not filling openings left by retiring staffers, it still may be hard pressed to keep up with plummeting state funds.
    “We saved $275,000 without cutting a job,” Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night. “We did all that through retirements. Nobody is going to the unemployment line because we cut their job.”