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Today's News

  • School board discusses finances, the startup of a new school year

    In its final meeting before the beginning of the new school year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday breezed through a 35-minute meeting that centered on reports from building administrators about registration and startup of activities throughout the district.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that, as is typical during summer months, the district spent more money than it took in during July. Operating expenditures for July were $948,723, while revenues of only $237,271 trickled in.

  • Chuck, Patricia Jones enjoy sailing venture

    Charles Melvin “Chuck” Jones had always felt that he would like to sail, but never had the opportunity to even be on a sailboat until his wife, Patricia, won one in 1995.

  • State police continue to investigate accident

    The Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate an accident in Fayette County early last Thursday morning that injured six people, including teen television and movie star Miranda Cosgrove.

  • Vandalia native killed in the line of duty

    A Vandalia native who was serving as a police officer in Missouri was killed in the line of duty early Tuesday morning.

  • Testimony begins in murder trial on Tuesday

    In his opening statement, Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel told jurors that he would be presenting evidence that would prove that Clifford Baker murdered a neighbor couple and attacked another neighbor while brandishing a knife.
    In his opening statement, the lead attorney for the Loogootee teen charged with first-degree murder and home invasion said he would not dispute many of the facts presented by the prosecution.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured when she was about 16, now lives in Brownstown. She has three children and three grandchildren. She worked at a local warehouse for 29 years.

  • Senior Spotlight: Opfer-2-nity knocks

    Years ago, there was a day that Trevor Opfer was simply trying to mind his own business when his identical twin brother, Tanner, decided it would be fun to pester his sibling.

    After a while, Trevor had had enough and took matters into his own hands.

    “He kept bothering me and calling me names, so I fought back,” Trevor said. “I hurt him pretty bad, with a black eye.”

  • Field of Dreams reaches agreement with Park District

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee and the Vandalia Park District last Thursday came to an agreement on renovating the backstop at the high school softball field, and made concrete agreements on several other issues at the park district meeting.

    Despite claims from the park district board that the chain-link fence backstop is “in too good of shape” to tear down, the Field of Dreams committee gained permission to remove the fencing to build a brick backstop, and the park board also gave a $3,000 contribution to the project.

  • Swofford wins title on SIGA golf tour

    Blake Swofford won the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s points championship and the tour’s Player’s Championship this summer.

    The Vandalia High School junior easily won the points title, finishing with 177 points in the 16-18-year-old boys division. The second-place finisher had just 79.5.

    At the SIGA Vogler Ford-Mazda Player’s Championship, Swofford had his best performance of the summer, winning by three strokes and shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Rend Lake.

    That win was Swofford’s seventh in 13 summer tournaments.

  • Swofford wins title on SIGA golf tour

    Blake Swofford won the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s points championship and the tour’s Player’s Championship this summer.

    The Vandalia High School junior easily won the points title, finishing with 177 points in the 16-18-year-old boys division. The second-place finisher had just 79.5.

    At the SIGA Vogler Ford-Mazda Player’s Championship, Swofford had his best performance of the summer, winning by three strokes and shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Rend Lake.

    That win was Swofford’s seventh in 13 summer tournaments.