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Today's News

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

    Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Vandalia Police Department from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday. The police department is in the Public Safety Building at 221 S. Fifth St.
    The drugs should be placed in the box that will be in the lobby of the police department.
    The Drug Take Back Day program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs will be collected by the DEA and destroyed.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andre D. O’Dell, 20, 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. G10, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 24 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,500.
    • Jan S. Jameson, 40, Chicago, was arrested on Sept. 24 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert E. Meyer, 44, 1210 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 23 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $5,000.

  • Many participate in 'Share the Harvest'

    To harvest means to reap; to share means to give. That is what many Fayette County folks have been doing this year becasue of a drought, loss of jobs and higher costs of the grocery bills.

  • Tongue Twister

    Haley Bigelow attempts to put some English on Fruit Loops she tosses, trying to land them on her partner's shaving cream-covered face, during a homecoming assembly at Vandalia Community High School last Thursday.

  • Grande Levée, Harvest Festival and Band Competition are this weekend

    Vandalia’s biggest celebration weekend of the year is this Friday and Saturday with the Grande Levée and Harvest Festival.
    The weekend also includes an inaugural band competition at Vandalia Community High School.
    The 43rd annual Grande Levée at the Vandalia Statehouse kicks off at 5 p.m. with a ham and beans dinner, and entertainment.

  • City continues talks for third water source

    The city of Vandalia is moving closer to obtaining a third water source.
    At a meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Rick Gottman and member of the city council’s water and sewer committee talked with Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. about a proposed agreement drafted by City Attorney Jack Johnston.
    Johnston drafted the agreement after two presentations by Barenfanger and his partner, Jeff Beckman.

  • Librarian sentenced

    The judge who sentenced former St. Elmo librarian Terri Gillespie acknowledged that he took into account numerous letters of support in deciding on her sentence.
    Gillespie, who was charged in January with two counts of felony theft for taking funds from the St. Elmo Library District, was sentenced to 30 days in jail during Friday’s hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    She pleaded guilty on Aug. 7 to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 1 felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

  • Seniors Swofford, Leiken are conference champs

    Senior Blake Swofford was the individual champion and the Vandals placed a surprising second as a team at the South Central Conference boys golf tournament at The Rail in Springfield on Monday.

    A day later, senior RaeChelle Leiken shot an 82 to take the title at the girls SCC meet at Litchfield.

    She birdied the 17th hole and eagled the 18th to win by 11 strokes.

    Roxana was the team champion.

  • Lady Vandals take first loss, but big season still looms

    PANA – The Lady Vandals’ perfect season is over, but a dream season is still in the works despite a tough loss at Pana last Thursday.

    Vandalia struggled on both sides of the ball in that non-conference game, falling to the Lady Panthers, 10-25, 19-25.

    “Offensively, we struggled. Defensively, we struggled,” said Lady Vandals coach Allison Smith. “We didn’t play our ball, and made too many errors.

  • Vandalia holds Athletic Hall of Fame inductions

    Three individuals and one team were inducted into Vandalia Community High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to last Friday’s football game against Litchfield.

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    During his 14-year stay as coach of Vandalia’s wrestling team, Glenn Exton brought the program to prominence, advancing the team to state in his third season and going back eight more times.