Today's News

  • News Briefs

    Vandalia Idol prelims, finals Saturday

    Because of conflicts in the community, Soroptimist International of Vandalia has changed the schedule for the Vandalia Idol competition.
    The audition and finale will now be held on one night, this Saturday. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
    Twelve individuals have registered for this year’s competition. Four competitors will advance to the final round of competition.
    The judges for this year’s Vandalia Idol are Catherine Burgess, Nancy Childress and Scott Gercken.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on June 25 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was transferred to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Jacob D. Tedrick, 23, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 25 on an alleged violation of probation. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jeffrey A. Beck, 39, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on June 25 for failure to appear in court in Vermillion County. Bond was $5,000, and he was transferred to that county.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, June 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a special program at 10 a.m. Scovill Zoo in Decatur will bring animals for children to learn about and touch.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, June 30

  • Oldhams add hummingbirds to Hee Haw Acres

    David and Susan Oldham’s attention, time and interest had long been exclusively dedicated to the several donkeys that reside on their rural Vandalia homeplace.

  • Firefighters kept busy over past week

    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters have been kept busy within the past week.

  • Council OKs selling city land

    Meeting only briefly on Monday evening, the Vandalia City Council took action designed to lure two commercial businesses.
    During that meeting, which lasted only two minutes, the council voted to seek bids on two parcels of land that the city owns in the western Interstate 70 interchange area.
    Two ordinances on the sale of those parcels actually replace two ordinances OK’d by the council at its June 18 meeting.
    One ordinance allows the city to accept bids on roughly 3.104 acres of land in the western interchange area.

  • Talks on city officials' pay begin

    A Vandalia City Council committee has formed recommendations on future salaries for the town’s mayor and aldermen.
    But the salaries for Vandalia’s city clerk and city treasurer are still up for discussion. Those discussions will include the possibility of combining the treasurer’s duties with those of the clerk.
    Under state law, the city council is required to approve salary levels for elected city officials at least 180 days prior to the election for those officials.

  • Area teams struggle in third shootout

    Three local teams struggled in the third Vandal Shootout, with Vandalia, St. Elmo and Patoka each falling in the first round of Tuesday’s tournament.

    None of the three teams were able to pick up victories on the second day of pool play on Tuesday, with each losing twice, though the Vandals did have a couple of close contests.

    In its first game of the morning, Vandalia held the lead in parts of each quarter and never trailed by more than four points in the final period, but ultimately came up a point short in a 36-35 loss to Altamont.

  • Post 95 pranks coach after run-rule victory

    Sr. Legion coach Andy Rincker watched last Wednesday as two of his players prepared to dump the contents of the water cooler on him.

    But instead of trying to avoid the inevitable, he stood calmly and let the cold water flow over his body.

    Earlier in the year, players wouldn’t have been able to pull such a prank, but after pounding out 15 hits in five innings for an 11-1 win against Granite City, it was a little easier for Rincker to smile about it.

  • Jr. Legion splits with Granite City, Newton

    It looked like a home run off of the bat, but Collin Nestleroad tracked the ball’s path anyway.

    And it was a good thing, because his over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track in the top of the seventh inning last Wednesday proved to be a game-saver.

    Johnnie Clift had a pair of doubles and scored twice and three pitchers combined for a four-hitter before Nestleroad’s catch during a 6-5 Jr. Legion win against Granite City.