Today's News

  • Auditor is 'concerned' about 2 county funds

    The auditor for Fayette County told county board members last Thursday that he was “concerned,” but not alarmed, about a couple of county funds after completing his annual review.
    Rod Croxford of Croxford and Co. of Alton told board members that the audit showed the county’s net cash assets dropping by about $400,000, and its investments decreasing by about $500,000.
    “It’s not alarming trend, but they do concern me a little bit,” Croxford said.
    The decrease in investments, he said, is “just the economy.”

  • Holding on Tight

    Fayette County resident Chandler Durbin holds on tight while competing in the rodeo offered by C-Bar Rodeo at the Fayette County Fair last Thursday night.

  • Gillespie trial reset

    The jury trial for the former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who is charged with stealing money from the district has been pushed back.
    The trial for Terri E. Gillespie had been scheduled to begin on July 30, but at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning, another pretrial was set for Aug. 8.
    Gillespie’s jury trial is now set for Aug. 27.
    Discussions on a possible plea agreement between Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen G. Friedel and Gillespie’s attorney, D. Peter Wise of Springfield are continuing.

  • Council sets salaries for elected officials

    As the Vandalia City Council took the first step in setting salaries for city officials elected in the spring on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that his name would be on the ballot.
    Gottman said that he plans to seek a fourth term in office, making that announcement as the council voted to support a slight pay increase for the mayor.
    And, Gottman said, if he is re-elected, he would give that increase to a non-profit organization.

  • City treasurer now an appointed post

    About three weeks after one alderman said he was “leaning toward a referendum” on making the city treasurer position appointed instead of elected, the Vandalia City Council took that action itself.
    The council voted unanimously to make that change, which will go into effect on May 1 of next year.
    Mayor Rick Gottman explained the reason for the motion, stating that the ordinance was drawn up upon “a request from some of you (aldermen).”

  • For the veterans

    Two local veterans were honored prior to Vandalia’s opening game in the Sr. Legion district tournament, and the players furthered honored those men throughout the tournament, by playing with a competitive spirit.

    Dwight Hagy and Floyd Meseke, both World War II veterans, were honored in a short ceremony on Saturday night before Post 95 defeated Salem, 9-6, with players from each team shaking hands with and thanking the veterans before taking the field.

  • Post 95 battles in four district tournament games

    Hard-fought battles against Effingham and Salem in the district tournament brought the Vandalia Sr. Legion season to a close this past weekend, with Post 95 getting eliminated by Effingham on Monday.

    Post 95 finished the year with an 18-11 record, which included a season-high winning streak of five games and a stretch with nine wins in 11 games from June 13-28.

    Players from 10 high schools made up the team, and they meshed quickly, making the season both enjoyable and successful.

  • Swofford named alternate for national golf tourney

    Rising Vandalia senior Blake Swofford is an alternate for a national golf tournament after last Thursday placing fourth at the Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Classic state tournament.

    Swofford placed fourth in the state tournament at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, shooting a two-day, 36-hole total of 148 and defeating Zach Burry in a playoff.

    The top three in the tournament qualified for the national tournament, which will be held at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin from Aug. 7-10.

  • Journey of Hope riders pass through town

    A team of bicyclists participating in the Journey of Hope cross-country ride stopped in Vandalia on Tuesday.

    Push America’s Journey of Hope, a 4,000-mile bike ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C, that raises money for organizations that help people with disabilities, made a stop at FAYCO Enterprises on Tuesday afternoon and stayed overnight at the Fayette County Family YMCA.

    The trip began in Seattle on May 29, and the riders should arrive in Washington on Aug. 5 to conclude the 25th annual Journey of Hope ride.

  • Sr. Legion notes: Rivalries renew in tourney

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion squad got pretty familiar with Salem and Effingham over the summer.

    Playing Effingham five times and Salem six times during the season created quite the rivalry with both teams – and both of them came back up during the district tournament.

    Vandalia played each team twice in the tournament, beating Salem twice and losing to Effingham twice. The widest winning margin in any tournament game was four runs.