Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christie S. Burtron, 40, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on July 24 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Darren M. Rhodes, 41, 103 S. Elm St., Brownstown, was arrested on July 24 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Jay C. Miller, 21, Neoga, was arrested on July 23 on a charge of criminal damage to property more than $300. No bond information was listed.

  • Patty Sprague honored for work at OUR PLACE

    “Now unto Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

    Ephesians 3:20 

    This is Patty Sprague’s favorite scripture, which she feels has given her the strength through the years.

  • Weldon will accept up to 30 years

    Knowing that he will not be in prison for more than 30 years, a Vandalia man who allegedly committed a number of crimes over a two-day period in December has pleaded guilty to nine charges.
    Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, signed an open plea of guilty to nine charges last Wednesday as Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel stipulated that he would not seek a prison term of more than 30 years.

  • River intake progress

    The city of Vandalia is hopefully moving closer to a solution with its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Alderman Terry Beesley announced at last week’s city council meeting that a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looked the intake over during a visit on Thursday, July 12.
    “He says, just by looking at it, it should work,” Beesley said, with many present for the meeting laughing at that comment.
    “Right now,” Beesley said, “it does work.”

  • A welcome addition to the Avenue of Flags

    Growing up in Vandalia, Linda Welch saw the American flags lining the roadways in Fairlawn Cemetery. But, back then, she didn’t know the significance of those flags.

  • Season in review: Post 95 Sr. Legion

    The Vandalia Sr. Legion squad had a memorable season, finishing 18-11 and reaching the first championship game in the double-elimination district tournament.

    A player-by-player synopsis of the season follows.

  • PHOTOS: Field of Dreams camp

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee held a pitcher/catcher camp last week.

  • PHOTOS: Alums Beat the Lady Vandals Again

    The Vandalia High School alumni softball team recently played its second exhibition doubleheader against the high school team, sweeping the Lady Vandals for the second time.

  • Sports Briefs (July 26)

    Jr. Legion division tourney this weekend

    The Jr. Legion division tournament will be played at Vandalia High School this weekend.

    Post 95 received an automatic bid the tournament, and will play Belleville at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of that game advances to play on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., while the loser will play at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

    The double-elimination tournament runs through Monday, with the possibility of continuing on Tuesday.

    VCHS grad accepts head coaching job

  • Senior Spotlight: Dathan Berning

    The major highlights of Dathan Berning’s final season as a Vandalia High School athlete came during the basketball season, but that didn’t stop the 2012 graduate from pursuing a college opportunity in a different sport.

    Vandalia’s boys basketball most valuable player this past season, Berning probably could have tried to show off his skills to earn a spot on a small school’s team, but he instead decided to continue focusing on baseball, and that landed him a spot at Greenville College.