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Today's News

  • Council OKs spending cuts

    Several months after talking about substantial budget cuts, the Vandalia City Council approved a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that reflects those cuts.

    The council OK'd an appropriations ordinance that projects city spending to total no more than $9,972,406.

    That total is $2,340,283 below the appropriations figure for the fiscal year that ended on April 30, $12,312,689.

  • City will interview five administrator candidates

    A search committee heading up the selection of a new city administrator for Vandalia has narrowed the field of candidates.

    Alderman Larry Bennett, chairman of the city council’s personnel and finance committee, announced at Monday’s council meeting that the field had been narrowed from 29 to 10, and that the committee currently plans to interview five of those finalists.

    Mayor Rick Gottman will be setting up those interviews with the committee, which includes the mayor, city aldermen, four city department heads and several community leaders.

  • Dial family works together at flea market stand

    Five years ago, in an effort to help their grandson, Justin Dial, find a outlet for his computer repair expertise and sales during the summer months, Dewayne “Speed” and Marilyn Dial of St. Elmo had no idea that they would adopt, or be adopted into, a group of vendors that is rather like a large family.

    That “family” gathers on weekends from the first weekend in April until the last weekend in October, weather permitting.

  • SCC likely to re-align

    Rumors were flying at theVandalia Sports Booster Club meeting on Saturday that the South Central Conference will re-align again.

    Speculation is that Gillespie High School and Staunton will once again join the ranks, along with Nokomis. Roxana, East Alton-Wood River and Alton Marquette would depart the SCC.

    An official announcement is expected next Wednesday, but things could change.

    Vandalia's athletic director-in-waiting, Kevin Jackson, did not want to speak before anything was finalized, as "there are still some things that could go haywire."

  • Vandals blanked by Comets 10-0 in five innings

    For only the second time all season, the Vandalia baseball team was short-gamed, falling to Greenville 10-0 in five innings on Monday.

    There wasn’t much good to say about Monday’s loss to the Comets. Trevor Montgomery was roughed up on the mound, lasting only 2 1/3 innings on the hill, giving up eight runs (six earned) on five hits. Montgomery struggled with control, as he hit four batters and walked two.

  • One-derful week for Vandals on the track

    The Vandalia boys track and field team won its second straight meet on Thursday, scoring 89 points to defeat Greenville (59) and Pana (34).

     

    Vandalia had 11 first-place finishes, sweeping the relays and the hurdles and taking the top three spots in the shot put.  

     

  • Mayor will give chamber program

    Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman will present the program at this month's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber will meet at noon this Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Signup for fair pageants is this Saturday

    This year's Fayette County Fair will be July 11-17, and the fair board has planned a number of activities for the week.

    The grandstand events will be as follows:

    • Sunday, July 11-Antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.

  • Route 51 meetings coming up

     The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold its next round of public information meetings on proposed improvements to U.S. Route 51 in the next two weeks.

    Area meetings include:

  • Bank robbery, fire lead to death of man

     The young bank clerk yawned and reached for his coat. James Kelley had worked into his supper hour again that evening and was anxious to leave the State Bank building in Vandalia where he worked.