Today's News

  • County revises liquor ordinance

    Less than a month after it rejected a liquor license application, the Fayette County Board voted to clean up the wording of the county ordinance for one type of liquor license.
    The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to clarify that the holder of a Class A liquor license may only sell alcoholic beverages that are to be consumed on-site.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board’s liquor committee met with State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Ade-Harlow “to clarify ordinances.”

  • FS announces $5-million project

    South Central FS unveiled to city and county officials this week its plans for a $5-million facility at Vandalia’s northwest edge.

  • Lady Vandals get first regional win since 2007

    Vandalia's softball tem held off a late rally on Monday to earn its first win in a regional tournament since 2007.

    Wesclin scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that would be one run short in a 7-6 win for the Lady Vandals, who now play No. 1 seed Carlyle at Carlyle on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

    Junior Megan Godoyo threw a complete game, striking out four and allowing no earned runs, as Vandalia (4-21) committed six errors in just its fifth regional tournament win in the past 16 seasons.

  • Vandalia/Carlinville suspended after 11 innings in regional quarterfinals

    CARLINVILLE  — Because there are no lights at Carlinville's high school baseball field, the regional quarterfinal game between Vandalia and Carlinville was suspended after 11 innings on Monday due to impending darkness.

    Tied at 4-4, the game will resume at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in Carlinville, with the winner facing No. 1 seed Litchfield in the regional semifinals at Vandalia on Wednesday.

  • Seven Jr. Vandals qualify for state meet

    Seven Jr. Vandals qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state track meet, with six girls and one boy making the meet.

    Eighth-grader Curtis Gordon qualified in two events, tying his school record of 12 feet in the pole vault to place first at the Pana Sectional, and finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles.

    For the girls, three seventh-graders and three eighth-graders will make the trip to the Eastside Centre in East Peoria on Friday and Saturday.

  • St. Elmo's Hill, Patoka's Issak make state

    Two local athletes have qualified for the Illinois High School Association state track meet after placing at the Newton Sectional on Friday.

    St. Elmo junior Molly Hill will become a three-time state qualifier in the discus, after advancing with a throw of 101 feet, 6 inches.

    She placed seventh in the state last season.

    Patoka freshman Taylor Issak will make her first state appearance after qualifying in the 300-meter hurdles, with a time of 47.96 seconds, which is the 11th fastest sectional time among qualifiers.

  • Sports schedule changes: May 10-11

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference softball tournament has been moved from St. Elmo to Mulberry Grove due to poor field conditions in St. Elmo. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

    The Vandalia softball team will play a makeup game at Roxana on Friday at 4:30 p.m. That will be the final conference game of the season.

    The St. Elmo baseball team will travel to Mulberry Grove for Friday's game at 4:15 p.m.

  • Ruffner qualifies for state for Lady Vandals

    Vandalia senior Sierah Ruffner will make her third trip to the state track meet after qualifying in the high jump at Thursday night's sectional meet in Carlinville.

    Ruffner cleared the automatic state-qualifying height of 5 feet, 2 inches to place third at the sectional, and will jump at state next Thursday at the Class A state preliminaries on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    She has cleared 5 feet, 5 inches this season, and will be looking to better her best jump at the state meet, which is just 5 feet.

  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department, through Fayette County Crime Watchers, is offering a reward of $500 to the first caller to provide information about last week's armed robbery that leads to an arrest and conviction.

    The armed robbery took place shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday at the Phillips 66 convenience store at 1333 N. Kennedy Blvd. Police said that a white male who had his face covered showed a gun and demanded money from an attendant.

    The suspect then fled on foot from the business.

  • 90th Birthday

    Family members from Ohio, Missouri and Illinois gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Aukamp in Vandalia to help Gerald Aukamp celebrate his 90th birthday.