Today's News

  • City bans loitering on downtown lots

    Two weeks after discussing problems at two city parking lots, Vandalia aldermen banned loitering in those lots, as well as a third city lot
    The ordinance approved by the city council on Monday bans loitering in the lots at the southwest and southeast corners of Fifth and Johnson streets at all times.
    The ordinance states that those two lots may be used by only business owners, employees and customers.

  • Durbins offer clothes, and more, in new Gallatin store

    Continuing along the discovery of Downtown Vandalia’s new shops, we visit the newest along the beat, Ali Marie’s on Gallatin, which is stocking quality, tasteful and attractive fashions for both men and women.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Michael Patrick Ambuehl
    Lyndsey Ann Ulery
    Paul Zachariah Roper
    Kaitlin Gene Stone

  • News Briefs

    Mass ribbon-cutting is next Thursday

    A mass ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for next Thursday at noon in downtown Vandalia to commemorate the opening of several new businesses there.
    “We were going to do a ribbon-cutting for all of the Liberty businesses,” said Tony Flowers, who along with his family, has been involved in the launching of several of the shops.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Larry D. Weischedel, 34, 1709 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrsested on April 3 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Billy D. Louvierre, 40, Hobart, Ind., was arrested on April 2 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Fred Kophazy, 58, 1524B Oak Valley Road, Ramsey, was arrested on April 2 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $250 cash.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 5

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 7

    ✔ The Ramsey Lions Club will hold its 51st annual Ramsey Community Sale, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • VCHS to host first meet on all-weather track on Thursday

    The first varsity meet on the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School will take place on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Other teams participating are Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Patoka, St. Elmo and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

    The track, which was built primarily with grant money, has been a great benefit to the track teams, according to coaches.

  • Vandals have successful week with 3 wins

    The Vandals overcame a slow start to beat Mulberry Grove in five innings on Monday.

    Mulberry Grove got back-to-back doubles from Kyle Bloemker and Alex Goodin to help produce three first-inning runs, but those would be the only ones the Aces would score and Vandalia would have two big innings to win, 13-3.

    “Mulberry did that to us last year,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt of the start. “Good teams are going to bounce back, and we were able to do that today.”

  • Vandal notes: Two players have career firsts

    RAMSEY – Sophomore Colin Ledbetter and senior Ethan Nesbit each recorded their first career varsity RBI during last Wednesday’s 12-4 win at Ramsey.

    Nesbit, who also made his first career start, scored in the second inning for his first career run, and in the third, he brought in a pair of runs on a single to center field.

    “Ethan is a first-year player, and that was a big hit,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He’s working hard every day at practice.”

  • Lady Vandals beat St. Elmo on Tuesday

    The Lady Vandals started and ended well in a 12-7 win against St. Elmo on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylor Well hammered a ball to center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Lady

    Vandals a five-run lead, and the first three batters each scored in the bottom of the first to establish a lead.

    That early lead would disappear, however, as St. Elmo scored six times in the second and third innings, while junior Samantha Austin retired six straight Lady Vandals.