Today's News

  • Downtown projects a big boost for city

    After nearly a decade of planning and several rounds of seeking bids, it appears that Vandalia's downtown enhancement project is finally going to be launched this spring.

    A bid opening last Friday produced a contractor whose price tag for the project is within 10 percent of the engineer's estimates. And that contractor has been involved in a similar – though much larger – enhancement project in downtown Belleville. It sounds like a good fit.

  • Dr. James A. Black served in Civil War

    James A. Black was born July 2, 1835, eight miles east of Salem, the son of Willis and Emilla Hensley Black.

    After finishing his schooling, he taught school for a while in Marion County, and began to study medicine. In 1860, now Dr. James A. Black, he established a medical practice at Keensville in Wayne County.

  • New Wave switches to high-def; some channels have new numbers

    If you are a New Wave subscriber, you may have already noticed something different about your cable TV channels – many of them now have a different number.

    Vandalia City Administrator Jimmy Morani told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that a New Wave official told him recently that changes in some cable TV numbers are part of the cable provider’s switch over to high-definition quality for its channels.

    The switch was to take place on Tuesday morning, Morani said.

  • Gottman, Wehrle file for mayoral race

    Rick Gottman will have at least one challenger as he seeks a third term as a Vandalia mayor.

    Gottman and John David Wehrle Jr. have filed nominating petitions for the April 7 mayoral race, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Others who have filed include Bowen, who is seeking a fourth term as clerk, and Marjorie Blythe, running for a fourth term as treasurer. Both are unopposed at this point.

    Four incumbents are among the five individuals who have filed as aldermanic candidates:

    Ward I – Incumbent Jerry Swarm.

  • Vandals pick up key road victory at Staunton

    The road can be a cruel place.

    Especially when you're coming off a loss like the Vandalia boys basketball team suffered against Altamont Saturday at VCHS.

    And even more so when the destination is Staunton.

  • Lady Vandals advance to title game

    The Vandalia girls basketball team will get a chance to defend its Sandoval Tournament title Saturday night thanks to a 40-26 semifinal victory over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Thursday.

    Defense and rebounding keyed the Lady Vandals' latest victory, as they held a 28-16 advantage on the boards and forced the Lady Hornets into 26 turnovers.

    Laura Hobbie led the way in the first half, scoring all 10 of her points, as VCHS enjoyed a 19-10 lead at intermission.

  • Lady Vandals move to 17-1

    The Vandalia girls basketball team took three steps toward attaining two major goals over the past seven days, moving its record to 17-1 in the process.

    The sixth-ranked Class 2A team in the state finds itself in the driver's seat in the race to win the program's first-ever South Central Conference East Division title after moving to 5-0 in league play with wins over Staunton and Greenville last week.

  • Altamont pulls away late in wild one with Vandals

    It was a game that had many fans on the edge of their seats - and some on the verge of arrest.

    Fifty-one fouls, 71 free throws, two technicals and two ejections later, Altamont managed to repel the Vandalia boys basketball team's second valiant upset attempt in as many weeks, rallying for a 75-63 victory Saturday at VCHS.

  • Fundraising effort for new Family Y recreation center runs through May 1

    For more than a decade, Family YMCA of Fayette County leaders have hoped for and worked toward a new facility that would allow the entity to better serve the residents of this area.

    With architectural drawings in hand and a substantial amount of money in its coffers, the Family Y is getting closer to that goal.

    In a presentation to the Vandalia City Council last Monday, John Ashdown said the Family Y is working on a 16,900-square-foot facility on the city’s west side.

  • FCH hosts two community discussions on health care

    Health care was one of the major issues in last November’s presidential election. And it was one of the first things the winner of that election began to focus on.

    As a way of better knowing how Americans feel about the future of health care, and the problems they now encounter, President-elect Barack Obama asked health care providers to host community discussions.

    Fayette County Hospital was among those taking Obama up on the offer, holding two such discussions last Thursday.