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Today's News

  • Vandals show more than just wins

    Going into this Friday's homecoming game against Piasa Southwestern, the Vandalia Vandals varsity football team is touting a perfect 4-0 record. But you have to look beyond those wins to see what kind of players Vandalia has on the roster this fall.
    In one game, the Vandals chose not to respond in kind when some of their players were targeted with inappropriate actions of the other team. They kept a cool head and showed that they were above those actions.

  • Sign theft is a crime

    You can tell by the signs posted throughout the county that an election is coming up. What you don't see are signs that are no longer posted.
    For whatever reason, there are always people who – for some reason or another – think it's OK to steal or destroy candidates' signs.
    It's not – it's a criminal offense.
    Candidates and their supporters put a lot of money into their campaigns, which includes signs that are posted to advertise their run for elected office.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl, who was born in 1945, attended Maple Grove School and lives in Pittsburg. She has a son and a daughter, and a brother and a sister.
    There was no photo last week.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Lucas W. Frailey, 24, 703 W. Janett Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 17 for contempt of court. Bond was $500 cash, and he was transported to Effingham County for failure to appear in court.
    • John R. Feldhake, 59, Shumway, was arrested on Sept. 16 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $275 cash.
    • Ibrahim M. Abukar, 32, Dallas, Texas, was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 20

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia is inviting all local women and young ladies to its program at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. The guest speaker, Marisa Thomason, will talk about her recent mission trip to El Salvador. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at 322-6538 or by email at janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, September 21

  • FCCF's Carnival in the Park is Saturday

    The Fayette County Cancer Fund will once again be holding the Carnival in the Park to help raise funds to assist cancer patients living in Fayette County.
    This year’s event will be held from 4-8 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia. In the event of rain, the carnival will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Homecoming Hijinks
  • No water, sewer hike

    While there was some support for raising water rates to begin building up funds for a new water plant, the Vandalia City Council decided on Monday not to increase water and sewer rates.
    During a work session held prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Tricia Elam of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., the city’s auditing firm, presented aldermen with five options on water and sewer rates based on operating costs.

  • School sales tax going on ballot

    Eight years ago, superintendents from school districts in Fayette County met to learn about the benefits of enacting a countywide 1 percent sales tax.
    Now, school officials are moving forward with a plan to put that sales tax increase before county residents.
    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a resolution to put on the April 2, 2019, consolidated election ballot a vote on a “retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax,” commonly known as the sales tax.

  • Lady Vandals second at tournament

    The Lady Vandals went 3-2 to take second place at A Grace Filled Tournament at Raymond over the weekend.