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Today's News

  • Downtown work worth celebrating

    It was more than a decade ago that Sandy Leidner, while serving as Vandalia’s mayor, had a vision to improve the community’s downtown business district. On Monday, we will celebrate that vision becoming a reality.

    Leidner, and others, realized that Vandalia’s downtown would never be like it was prior to the introduction of large retail department stores. But she also realized that the downtown would suffer even greater damage by letting the streetscape, and the infrastructure beneath it, continue to age and deteriorate.

  • Hicks initiates clothing ministry at First Baptist

    Cindy Hicks saw a need in the Fayette County area and, wanting to help people, was tossing around ideas in her head on how best to do this.

    She saw a need to help people clothe their families, especially younger children and teenagers, when they are hard-pressed to pay their bills, handle school expenses and put food on their table. Although clothes are a necessity, they are not at the top of the have-to-have list.

  • Fayette Water Co. gets aid for Vandalia Lake area project

    The receipt of federal funds that will help to deliver safe, potable water to up to 250 homes in the Vandalia Lake area was celebrated on Earth Day.

    At a program held in the Lions Pavilion at the lake, Fayette Water Co. officials signed documents for a $995,000 loan and a $285,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program.

    Those federal monies, according to Fayette Water Manager Randy Wolf, will be used to fund the installation of 10 miles of water lines in the lake area.

  • Vernon man gets 10 years for meth

    A Vernon man was sentenced in federal court last week to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine operation.

    Conrad J. Wynn, 30, had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the drug.

    Wynn also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of chemicals, products and materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • FCH to discuss ambulances, SCU work at May 10 meeting

    The Fayette County Hospital District Board on Monday discussed several issues, but after meeting for more than two hours, voted to recess its meeting until May 10 to deal with two items of special interest.

    On the agenda for that meeting will be further discussions about the future of the hospital’s ambulance service and a renovation project that would shut down the FCH special care unit for several days.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is May 10-14

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 10-14.

    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash.

  • Vandalia has record-breaking week

    Prior to the start of the season, Vandalia High School boys track and field coach Jane Bell asked athletic director Mike Butler to schedule the Vandals a meet against a school east of Vandalia.

    Bell wanted the team to get some regular-season experience against some of the competition it would face in the sectional in May.

    If Tuesday night's meet at Flora is any indication of how the final weeks of the season will go, then Bell and the Vandals have a lot to look forward to.

    Vandalia won the Flora meet, edging the host 92-82 also defeating Odin and Wayne City.

  • Lady Vandals losing streak hits four games

    For the fifth straight game, the Lady Vandals have failed to score more than two runs, as they lost to Hillsboro 12-1 on Tuesday. Their losing streak hit four games, and they dropped to 3-14 on the season.

    While Vandalia was able to pick up a 2-0 victory against EA-Wood River last week, the Lady Vandals and Coach Brian Buscher know that if they are going to win, they need to pick up the offense heading into the last few weeks of the season.

  • Vandals unprepared for Hillsboro, fall 14-3

    Before Vandalia could really settle in on Tuesday night, Hillsboro had already hit them up for a couple runs. It ended up giving the Vandals one of their worst losses of the season, 14-3, second only to a 17-1 defeat at Effingham.

    "It didn't take long for it to get out of hand," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said. "When you're not ready to play from the first pitch, then you might as well forget about it. Hillsboro came ready to play today, ready to get themselves a conference win, and we did not."

  • City OKs furlough days for all full-time employees

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.