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Today's News

  • Concessions allow city to fill dispatcher position

    The union representing city’s police and fire dispatchers agreed to concessions as a Vandalia city council committee dealt with personnel matters on Tuesday.
    The council’s personnel and finance committee met in closed session with police and telecommunicator union representatives, then approved some employment moves after returning to open session.

  • School board fills vacancies, gets grant for free meals at Jefferson

    The Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Monday approved several personnel items that needed to be in place at the start of the upcoming school year.
    The board took the following action:
    • Employed Brooke Hoene of Teutopolis as the high school chemistry teacher to replace Nick Niemerg, who last month was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School.
    • Recalled RIF teacher Robyn Demoulin for second grade.

  • Slover stays on as Brownstown superintendent

    The Brownstown School District will have a familiar face behind the superintendent’s desk at the start of the new school year.

  • And the Band Played On ...

    Senior Abby Hickerson of the Vandalia Community High School band practices marching during band camp last week. The band's first pre-game and halftime performances will be on Sept. 9, when the VCHS varsity football squad plays its home opener.

  • Senior Spotlight: Derrick Herker

    Not too many people are blessed with the opportunity to become a professional golfer.

    But that hasn’t stopped Derrick Herker from giving the idea some thought.

    The Vandalia High School senior knows he would be a longshot to make the PGA Tour and isn’t even sure if he will try to play on the Amateur Tour after college, but when talking about his dream of becoming a pro on Monday morning, Herker’s eyes lit up with excitement.

  • Field of Dreams committee wants new backstop

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday will search for an answer as to why the Park District will not allow the chain-link fence backstop at the Vandalia High School softball field to be replaced with brick and netting.

    During the Field of Dreams meeting on Tuesday, committee members discussed the positives of upgrading the backstop to match the style of the high school baseball diamond, while wondering what the real problem with doing the work is.

  • Harmeier prepping for first KC season

    The journey to see if Derek Harmeier will become the fourth South Central player to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team will begin this fall at Kaskaskia College.

    The 2011 South Central graduate will be pitching for the Blue Devils for the next two seasons, and he said the preparations for a KC fall season are not as demanding as they were in high school.

    Once spring rolls around, however, that will change.

  • Vandalia team holds Golf-a-Thon

    The Vandalia High School golf team held a Golf-a-Thon fundraiser on Monday morning, during which players received donations for each hole they played to put toward the purchase of their uniform shirts for the fall season.

    The Vandals open the season on Monday at East Alton-Wood River.

  • VCHS track gets paved

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was paved last Wednesday by Howell's Asphalt Co.

    The paving was supposed to be done in three segments, with the high jump area and the area around the concession stand and entrance gate to be paved later that week.

    On Thursday, the sprinkler system on the football field was turned on, however, soaking the stone base of the high jump area and delaying paving.

  • Sports Briefs (Aug. 11)

    VCHS tennis team to open practice

    Practice for members of the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin this Monday.

    Practices will be on weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the high school tennis courts.

    Athletes must have a physical on file before attending.

    The season opens at home against conference foes Roxana on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Marquette Catholic on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.