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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Fayette County Board was considering a resolution that would require inmates in the county jail to help pay their own medical expenses.
    The Vandalia wrestling team captured the title of the Civic Memorial Tournament for the second straight year.
    Everett and Paula Sasse were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and Forrest “Shaner” and Cleta Lutz of Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 65th anniversary.

  • Statehouse Christmas always exciting

    This past Saturday evening, visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse participated in an annual tradition – the Christmas open-house at Illinois’ oldest capitol.

  • Blagojevich pleas too little, too late

    After years of playing with fire in the rough and tumble world of Chicago’s corrupt political machine, Rod Blagojevich finally got burned.
    Right up to the end, it appeared that he felt he could flash his boyish smile, crank up the bravado and walk away unscathed – just like he had from every other tight spot he’d been in. But last Wednesday, things changed.

  • Downtown insurance agency started 91 years ago

    Editor’s Note: The second story in a series about businesses along Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia features McKellar, Robertson, McCarty & Click Insurance.

  • Celebrating by Candlelight

    The Vandalia Statehouse held its Christmas Open House on Saturday evening, welcoming hundreds of area residents to Illinois' oldest existing capitol.

  • Residents asked to join in fight for DHS office

    As they continue their fight to keep the local Illinois Department of Human Services office open, Vandalia officials are encouraging local residents to be a part of that effort.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at last week’s city council meeting that he has contacted all area legislators, as well as Gov. Pat Quinn’s office and the state’s Central Management Services, as part of his effort to prevent the planned closure of the DHS office on Dec. 27.
    The state’s plan is to have area residents use the DHS office in Centralia.

  • County OKs health insurance plan

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a health insurance package through which the county will continue to pay the premiums for its employees.
    But the chairman of the committee recommending acceptance of the plan warned that it’s likely the last time for such a benefit at that level.
    The board agreed to renew its coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, with the county’s cost for that coverage increasing by 7.5 percent over last year.

  • Senior Spotlight: Dayin Godberson

    If you had Dayin Godberson as having the best winning percentage through the Vandalia wrestling team’s first two weeks, please stand up.

    The second-year wrestler garnered far less attention than some of his fellow seniors coming into the season, but he has compiled a 7-1 record so far this season and has no intention of slowing down.

    “I have to keep wrestling like I am,” Godberson said. “I miss a few things that separate a good wrestler from a better wrestler, but I know what I need to work on.”

  • Vandalia downs Greenville but defeated by Hillsboro

    Vandalia held Greenville scoreless in the third quarter last Friday night to switch the game’s momentum into its favor during a 48-38 win.

    The Vandals had struggled in nearly every facet of the game during the first half, which allowed the Comets to lead by as many as nine points in the second quarter and by six, 23-17, at halftime.

  • Lady Vandals shaky in victory vs. Neoga

    The Lady Vandals had a 20-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter against Neoga on Saturday, but by the end of the period, the margin was down to single digits.

    Vandalia did come away with a 49-37 win, but coach Michelle McNary was not satisfied that her team couldn’t maintain its big lead over a Class 1A school.

    “It seems like we had no fire or intensity,” she said. “We had a 20-point lead and started going through the motions instead of being fired up.”