Today's News

  • Going back to square one

    While Vandalia aldermen were scheduled to form a recommendation on a second Tax Increment Financing grant for a downtown building, they ended up agreeing to make some additions to the first.

  • VCHS addressing Juuling problem

    Not only is Vandalia Community High School planning to add to its school policy the prohibition of Juuling, it plans to make the penalty for that more severe than that for tobacco use.
    Randy Protz, VCHS principal, told the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday that they are seeing an increasing use of Juul, a type of e-cigarette that uses nicotine salts that exist in leaf-based tobacco.
    Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Garrison said that concerns over student use of inhalants was discussed at a recent committee meeting, then had Protz talk more on the issue.

  • Cleanup Week

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday agreed to set April 29-May 3 as the city’s Cleanup Week.
    During that week, residents are able to get rid of unwanted items along with their regular trash on their regular trash pickup days.
    Mayor Rick Gottman urged residents to participate in Cleanup Week.
    “It’s a good opportunity to get it hauled away for free,” Gottman said.

  • Residents asked to help honor businesses

    The city of Vandalia wants to honor some of its local business owners, but it needs the help of residents to do so.

  • History Book Orders Being Taken
  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 21

     Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all women to its program meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. The upcoming vote on a sales tax increase for county schools will be discussed. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at 322-6538 or janice.hejl@gmail.com.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Ramsey Grade School.

    Friday, March 22

  • Schedule for 200th birthday celebration set

    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. - General Store

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gordon G. Wilson Jr., 37, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on March 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Michael E. Ishmael, 30, Nokomis, was arrested on March 18 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and no taillights. No bond information was listed.
    • David E. Lowe, 58, 416 S. Cypress St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 18 on a charge of unlawful restraint. Bond was $10,000.

  • Wells at State 3-Point Showdown
  • BSE suffers extra-inning loss in opener

    Shelbyville scored a run in the first extra inning to edge Brownstown/St. Elmo, 13-12, in the Bombers’ season opener on Tuesday.
    Shelbyville scored a run in each of the first two innings to lead 2-1, but the Bombers scored three times in the third to hold a short-lived 4-2 lead.
    The Rams scored six runs in the sixth inning to lead 12-4, but Brownstown/St. Elmo put eight runs on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.