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Today's News

  • Vandalia cheerleaders honored
  • Cub Scouts Honored
  • Senior Spotlight: Hammerin' 'Hit'ney

    There is a certain confidence in Whitney Newsom’s eyes every time she steps up to the plate for the Lady Vandals.

    The slugging senior has been playing softball with regularity since she was 5 or 6 years old, and has always focused on one piece of advice while waiting for every pitch.

    “My dad always told, “See ball. Hit ball,” she said. “‘You make sure it’s your pitch, and that there’s something you can do with it.’”

    Newsom has proven that lesson over and over again.

  • Schumacher becomes a lay speaker after retirement

    As the third week of the Lenten Luncheons draws near, Al Schumacher prepares to be the featured speaker at St. James Lutheran Church at noon on Wednesday, March 30. Meet, or get reacquainted with, Al and his wife, Susann.

    “We came here (to Vandalia) 17 years ago,” Al said. “We came from Hillsboro, where we lived for 10 years prior to that.
    “We opened the National Bank here in 1993, and we just kind of love Vandalia,” he said.

  • Library, park boards explain plans at public meeting

    About 25 local residents attended a meeting recently to learn about the Evans Public Library District’s plan to build sometime in the future a new facility on land now owned by the Vandalia Park District.
    Mark Miller, president of the park board, served as moderator for the meeting held at the library, which he said was being held to get residents’ opinions on the preliminary proposal to use the land now housing Evans Youth Center for a new library.

  • City OKs animal control contract

    Even though several aldermen expressed concerns, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a contract with Fayette County for animal control services.
    The agreement calls for the city to pay the county $10,500 per year for the next five years. Dr. Connie Heaton receives $58,000 annually to provide the service for the entire county.
    The city was the final municipality in the county to sign an agreement with the county for animal control. The other municipalities were included when the county approved a new agreement with Heaton in February.

  • Plans for more downtown work shown

    A meeting last week on more streetscape improvements in downtown Vandalia included the presentation of an option calling for the removal of a downtown landmark.
    The Vandalia City Council’s streets committee conducted last meeting last Wednesday afternoon, with members of the city’s downtown advisory committee, Fayette County representatives and members of the St. James Lutheran Church congregation also on hand.

  • School Menus

    VANDALIA
    Breakfast
    Monday, March 28 – Cereal, toast, juice and milk.
    Tuesday, March 29 – Flapstix, juice and milk.
    Wednesday, March 30 – Cereal, toast, fruit and milk.
    Thursday, March 31 – Waffles, syrup, juice and milk.
    Friday, April 1 – Breakfast bake, fruit and milk.
    Lunch
    Grades K-8
    Monday, March 28 – Hot ham and cheese on bun, corn on cob, fresh grapes, pretzel rods and milk. (J.H.) barbecue rib.

  • Vandalia School District retirees will be honored at dinner

    The Vandalia Board of Education will host an Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Junior High School.
    This year's retirees who will be honored includes:
    • Joyce Carmen-Mid-State Special Education assistant director.
    • Darrell Fesser-Okaw Area Vocational Center director.
    • Carl Griffin-OAVC teacher.
    • Cindy Ireland-OAVC teacher.
    • Sandy Irwin-Vandalia Jefferson Primary School teacher.
    • Mike Travelstead-Vandalia Community High School teacher.

  • KC Board OKs honorary degree for Whitten

    At the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, March 17, former Dean of Nursing Mary Lou Whitten of Vandalia was recognized by a formal resolution as the recipient of the Kaskaskia College honorary associate of applied science degree.