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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-June 16, 2011

    • Ashley A. Rice, 21, 320 N. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 14 on a traffic warrant and on a charge of obstructing justice. Bond was $1,000.
    • Roosevelt Shorter, 36, Chicago, was arrested on June 14 on a Cook County warrant. He was held for Cook County authorities.
    • Steven D. Cox, 43, 422 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, turned himself in on June 13 on a Shelby County traffic warrant. Bond was $3,000.

  • Community Calendar-June 16, 2011

    Thursday, June 16

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Native experiencing success in country music

    Page 28 of the May 23 issue of Country Weekly magazine features a pretty, winsome face framed with long blonde hair that may seem familiar to many Fayette County residents, especially those in Vandalia.

  • Local motorcycles featured in magazine

    Motorcycles owned and created by a Vandalia resident are becoming a regular feature in regional magazine.
    Dennis Martin, owner and editor of Thunder Roads, was in town last week to shoot photos of two “rat rod” bikes owned by Bill York of Vandalia.
    Some of the photos shot by Martin – including ones taken at The Depot and Vandalia Statehouse – will be in the July issue of Thunder Roads, a magazine that has a circulation of 8,000 in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

  • County OKs funds for parking lot ramp

    Action taken by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday will allow the city of Vandalia to move forward with more streetscape improvements downtown.
    The board, on the recommendation of its building and grounds committee, agreed to spend $25,000 for improvements to the north parking lot approach and ramp.
    The work, which will include reducing the angle of the parking lot ramp, will be done as the city makes streetscape improvements in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street.

  • City OKs balanced-budget spending

    After hearing Mayor Rick Gottman say for many months that the city had to have a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, Vandalia’s aldermen approved an appropriations ordinance that reflects such a budget.
    The council approved the appropriations, which total slightly more than $8.4 million, during a special meeting on Monday evening.
    That special meeting was held after a public hearing on the new city budget that lasted only a few minutes.

  • The College Report: A quartet of area athletes recently completed their college careers

    Today marks the end of The College Report for the 2010-11 school year. While their college careers are in the books, there are two players that are not done with their athletic careers. One other will continue to compete, although no longer at the college level. The fourth leaves his college as one of its most celebrated players ever.

  • Lady Vandals shut down EAWR in summer showdown

    Megan Godoyo struck out 10 and allowed just one hit, and the Lady Vandal offense took advantage of nine East Alton-Wood River errors in defeating the Lady Oilers, 10-0, in five innings last Thursday.

    In total, Vandalia players took an extra 20 bases because of defensive miscues or errant pitches from EAWR.

    Several of those bases were swiped, however, because of good awareness on the part of the players.

    “It was definitely some heads-up baserunning,” said coach Brian Buscher. “For the most part, they were heads-up and got experience to build from.”

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion takes down T-Town

    A consistent offensive outpouring complemented a shut-out pitching performance from Derek Harmeier, as the Vandalia Sr. Legion team defeated Teutopolis, 9-0, last Wednesday.

    Post 95 scored two runs in each of the first four innings and sent at least five hitters to the plate in every inning, while Teutopolis struggled against Harmeier, who did not allow a runner to advance farther than second base.

    “That was what I’ve been looking for,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Obviously, we had good pitching, and we took care of him by giving him run support.”

  • Vandals complete second summer shootout

    The second summer Vandal Shootout was completed last Friday, with Breese Central, DuQuoin and Harrisburg going undefeated in pool play, and Mounds Meridian winning the tournament.

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team was 1-5 in pool play, defeating Cumberland, and lost its first game in the tournament to Benton.

    The final two summer shootouts will be from June 20-21 and June 23-24.

    Below are results of the shootout.

    Pool play
    •Breese Central, 6-0
    •DuQuoin, 6-0
    •Harrisburg, 6-0
    •Flora, 4-2
    •Mounds Meridian, 4-2
    •PBL, 4-2
    •Riverton, 4-2
    •Benton, 3-3