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Today's News

  • New school levy with 4.76-percent increase approved Tuesday

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a tax levy request of $3,985,340 at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Those funds were estimated using a tax levy rate of $5.18 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is down slightly from last year’s rate of $5.26.
    The requested tax funds reflect an aggregate levy increase of 4.76 percent. The taxable Equalized Assessed Valuation in the district is anticipated to rise by 4.98 percent – from $99,277,014 in 2010 to $104,224,962 in 2011.

  • Rogers couple gets service dog for young girl

    Sophia is a disabled little 5-year-old girl who has spinal muscular atrophy and has asked for a service dog through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Still Caring, Still Sharing

    For 3½ decades, Fayette County residents of all ages have pulled together to provide a Merry Christmas for their less-fortunate neighbors.

  • School traffic flow at issue

    A month after the city council approved an ordinance change designed to improve traffic flow around Vandalia schools in the area of Eighth and Fletcher streets, a city resident is saying that that plan isn’t working.
    “It does not fix the problem,” Dorothy Crawford told the council on Monday night. “It actually makes it worse.”
    The ordinance amendment approved by the council on Nov. 21 called for two changes on Fletcher Street:
    -No westbound or eastbound driver can turn left onto Eighth Street.

  • Plea in Brownstown Schools theft case

    A Brownstown man has pleaded guilty to stealing from one tax entity and is continuing to work on settling the case involving theft from another entity.
    Rodney L. Deal, 55, pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a count of theft that alleged that he took copper valued at more than $300 from the Brownstown School District in June of last year.
    The plea agreement for the Class 3 felony includes a sentence of 120 days in the county jail, with work release privileges and no day-for-day good time credit.
    Deal was also placed on probation for 30 months.

  • Senior Spotlight: Blake Pruett

    ST. ELMO – It was like he couldn’t miss, and he never imagined it happening that way.

    Slowed by a sinus infection at the start of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, Eagles senior Blake Pruett never would have guessed that in the championship game he would score a career-high 24 points to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

    But sometimes, far-fetched thoughts become lasting memories.

  • Eagles get by rival Altamont to win holiday tourney

    ST. ELMO – Altamont’s reign over the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament is over.

    The four-time defending champions were defeated by St. Elmo in the championship game on Saturday, 56-46, behind 24 points from tournament Most Valuable Player, senior Blake Pruett.

    Altamont trailed 31-19 just three minutes into the second half, but the Indians used a 10-0 run that spanned 2:10 between the third and fourth quarters to make the score 37-35.

  • Vandals enter VHT with 2 wins, OT loss

    The Vandals enter next week's  Vandalia Holiday Tournament after winning two games this past week before losing one in overtime.

    Vandalia begins play in its tournament on Monday at 11:30 a.m., and a full schedule for the tournament appears in the scoreboard on Page 4B of this issue.

    Vandalia vs. Carlyle
    The Vandals used an 18-4 run at the start of the second half to erase a 13-point halftime deficit on Tuesday, but they couldn’t hang on in the end against Carlyle, falling in overtime, 82-75.

  • Lady Vandals enter holidays at .500

    The Lady Vandals have hit a rough patch in their season, dropping three games in the past week to fall to .500 on the season.

    On Tuesday, Vandalia fell to Hillsboro for the second time this season, losing, 43-33, despite 15 points from junior Amber Bruno and a halftime lead.

    The Lady Vandals led 17-16 at halftime, but Hillsboro outscored them 18-6 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

    That loss drops Vandalia's record to 5-5 and 3-4 in the South Central Conference.

  • Rams get third win in overtime battle with MG

    ST. ELMO – It took overtime, but on Saturday the Ramsey boys basketball team bettered last season’s win total with a victory against Mulberry Grove in the seventh-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Twice during the game, the Rams trailed by at least seven points, and the team overcame 23 turnovers and a dismal performance at the free-throw line (14-of-39 for 36 percent) to earn their third win of the season, with a 58-53 victory.