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Today's News

  • City cuts $$$ from budget

    Working together, Vandalia’s mayor, aldermen and department heads have trimmed about $170,000 from this year’s budget.
    The Vandalia City Council at last week’s meeting approved minutes from committee meetings in January, during which city officials worked with department heads in fine-tuning spending figures in the various city funds.
    The committee meetings were held as part of the city’s effort to address a deficit of about $220,000 in this year’s budget.
    The cutbacks in the various funds include:

  • Fayette hardest hit by Monday storm

    A storm that moved through Fayette County early Monday morning left widespread damage and electrical outages.
    In fact, Fayette County was hit harder than any other Southern Illinois county, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler.
    Koehler was wrapping up on Monday afternoon his assessment of that storm, which moved through the area shortly after midnight and may have included at least one tornado.

  • Fayette loses out on FutureGen 2.0

    The company proposing the development of land in Fayette County for carbon dioxide storage is “a little disappointed” that the Loudon oil field area wasn’t chosen for the FutureGen 2.0 project.
    But the senior project manager of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions said on Wednesday that the firm will move forward with the development of the Loudon oil field area.

  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (March 3)
  • Harter advances in 3-point shootout
  • Vandal wrestlers swallow tough loss at state

    BLOOMINGTON – It was a shame either team had to lose.

    Vandalia and Prairie Central engaged in a chess match during the first round of Saturday’s Illinois High School Association Dual Team Wrestling Tournament at U.S. Cellular Arena, altering their lineups to match each other’s strengths.

    The end result?

    A hard-fought 32-31 win for the Hawks, and a gut-wrenching early exit for the Vandals that left some of their toughest wrestlers consoling each other in the hallway leading out of the arena.

  • South Central invited to join National Trail

    South Central High School’s athletic teams have been invited to join the National Trail Conference, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

    The move to invite the Cougars from the Midland Trail Conference was approved by a 9-2 vote at a meeting last week of NTC member schools. It will not become official until approved by South Central’s school board, which should come at its March meeting.

  • Seventh-graders end season in title game

    ASSUMPTION – A very strong Meridian Blue Mound seventh-grade volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack to deny the Lady Vandals the regional championship on Tuesday night at Central A&M Middle School.

    Using 14 service aces and 10 kills throughout the straight set, 25-14, 25-15, win, the Hawks used a variety of different techniques, including power and finesse, to defeat Vandalia.

    “They’re very, very consistent,” said coach Jane Bell. “We haven’t played a team this good this year.”

  • Greenville defeats Vandals at regional

    GREENVILLE – For the first 12 minutes of last Wednesday’s regional tournament game, Vandalia was in complete control against Greenville.

    But once the Comets began to break the Vandals’ pressure and transition better on defense, they began to chip away at their 10-point deficit, eventually taking an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter that was too much forVandalia to overcome in a 62-59 loss.

  • Hobbie leads Bearcats into conference tourney

    It seems like he has been around forever.

    But, it has only been four years.

    Vandalia grad Eric Hobbie is hoping the final stretch of his basketball career will end with a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship.