Today's News

  • Graduation Days
  • Collaborative effort

    What started out as a plan of Vandalia’s new superintendent of schools to inform local organizations about the district’s idea of developing more ways to help local youth and their families has grown into a collaborative effort to make that happen.
    Dr. Jennifer Garrison told school board members on Tuesday that the first community collaboration meeting was held earlier this month, during which three short-term goals were set:
    • Aligning food pantries for the community.

  • County OKs solar systems law

    After considerable discussion, the Fayette County Board last week approved an ordinance that will allow solar energy systems in unincorporated areas of the county.
    But, board members were told, that action does not create “a situation where there is going to be a tsunami of solar panels everywhere.”
    The ordinance, Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said, allows solar systems on county property and in unincorporated residential areas. It does not allow for such systems within municipal boundaries in the county, she said.

  • Old State Burial Ground work day is this Saturday

    The second annual work day for improvements at the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia is this Saturday.
    The Community Action Day at the cemetery, located on Edwards Street between First and Second streets, is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    The main focus will be cleaning headstones, but volunteers are also needed to help put out 87 flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day, removing debris, mapping, photographing headstones and record-keeping.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 18

    ✔ "Movies Under the Stars," sponsored by State Farm agent Clint Simpson and the Vandalia Lions Club, is held at the Lions Pavilion at Vandalia Lake. The movie is "The Incredibles." Snacks and sodas will be available for purchase.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Poppy sales set for May 25

    By Joyce Mueller
    National Poppy Day is Friday, May 25, and poppies will be available for donations on that day.
    Tracing back to 1918, the poppy is a call to honor living veterans as well as those who lost their lives in service to this country.
    After the battles of World War I, the blood red poppy suddenly bloomed and flourished in burial grounds in France and Belgium, turning the graveyards into fields of brilliant red.

  • Conceal Carry Class for School Personnel
  • Warrior Cancer scramble Saturday

    The Warrior Nation Cancer Foundation will hold its inaugural golf scramble fundraiser this Saturday at Colonial Golf Course in Sandoval.
    The entry fee for the scramble, which begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., is $65 person ($240 per team).
    The entry fee includes food, beverages and door prizes.
    Hole sponsorships are available for $50.
    WarriorNationCancerFoundation and be approved by the foundation’s board of trustees.
    Donations to the fund can be dropped off at First National Bank in Patoka.

  • Cougars top Altamont, Dieterich

    South Central defeated Altamont 4-3 on Saturday.
    Game stats were not available at press time.
    The Cougars were to enter postseason play on Wednesday, facing Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran at 4:30 p.m. at Lions Field in Kinmundy.
    Last Friday, the Cougars defeated Dieterich, 12-1, in a five inning home contest.
    Trent Geiler struck out nine and allowed six hits to pick up the win, and was also 3-for-4 at the plate.
    Cauy Blomberg homered for South Central.

  • Lady Cougars advance in regional

    South Central scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to defeat Clay City, 14-4, in five innings on Monday and advance to the regional championship.
    The Lady Cougars will now face Woodlawn in the Hutsonville Regional title game at 11 a.m.
    Sydney Garrett pounded two home runs and was the winning pitcher for South Central, which is now 13-7 on the season.