Today's News

  • Old Johnson Store a Pittsburg landmark

    Named for William M. Pitt, Pittsburg is a crossroads community located at the junction of sections 16, 17, 20 and 21 in Seminary Township. Originally spelled Pittsburgh, the "h" was dropped from the spelling in 1889 when the post office was established.

    In a letter to the editor from Walter H. Evans, published in the Jan. 31, 1974, edition of The Vandalia Leader, Evans wrote that his earliest recollections began about 1890, when he was four years old.

  • Vandalia's old city hall gets new name

    Close to two months after moving most of its operations into a new home, the city has decided on a new name for its old home.

    At the recommendation of Alderman Bret Brosman, the city council approved a new name for the building at 221 S. Fifth St. that has served as city hall for many decades.

    The former city hall, which now only houses the police and fire departments, now is called the Public Safety Building, a name recommended by Brosman.

  • Fire damages Woodyard home

    A Woodyard home sustained significant damage from a fire last Friday morning.

    Vandalias volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Donnie Ellis family at 9:48 a.m.

    Upon their arrival within seven minutes, firefighters found flames shooting from the roofline of the home.

    The fire was contained to the kitchen and living room areas, but fire officials estimated the damage at $90,000.

    No injuries were sustained as a result of the blaze.

  • Council hesitant to give TIF funds for The Depot project

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday night chose not to take action on recommendations sent to them by two of the citys advisory committees.

    The council first held off on granting a request for Tax Increment Financing funds for cleanup and demolition work on the burned remains of The Depot.

    It then, later in the meeting, chose not to act on the Downtown Advisory Committees recommendations for the downtown streetscape project.

  • Council approves agreement with Fayette Water

    An agreement approved by the Vandalia City Council on Monday paves the way for Fayette Water Co. to move forward with its plans to provide water to residents in rural areas outside the city.

    That agreement calls for the city to sell water to Fayette Water at a rate of $3.45 per 1,000 gallons, the same rate charged to in-city water users who consume at least 40,000 gallons per month.

    Through its latest expansion, Fayette Water wants to offer water service to people living north and west of Vandalia, including the Vandalia Lake area, and Shafter and Sharon townships.

  • VCHS boys and girls games cancelled

    Saturday's VCHS boys and girls basketball games have been postponed due to today's snowfall and additional snow expected tonight.

    The boys team was scheduled to play Shelbyville at home tonight at 6 p.m., while the girls were to play at Altamont. Neither game has been rescheduled. The Lady Vandals will return to action Monday at Breese Central, while the boys will host Carlyle Tuesday.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 13

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Friday, December 14

    eoe" An open house is being held at the new Brownstown Branch Library from noon-5 p.m. Holiday cookies, punch and coffee will be available.

    Saturday, December 15

  • Vandals move to 7-0, prepare for Pana

    Apparently, there is one opponent the VCHS girls basketball team's defense cannot stop: Mother Nature.

    The Lady Vandals (7-0) were hoping to get a chance to extend their season-opening winning streak to eight on the road against SCC-East rival Litchfield Monday, but icy weather forced the postponement of the game.

    "We were kind of disappointed," said Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler of the postponement. "It'd been nice to have a game tonight and keep the momentum going a little bit."

  • Hobbie earns conference Player of the Week honor

    McKendree University freshman Eric Hobbie is hot on Matt Laur's trail.

    While Laur, a South Central grad who is currently an assistant coach at Missouri Southern State University, has not been a McKendree basketball player for years. In the last 10 years, no Bearcat player had a more successful freshman season than Laur.

    Until now.

    So far, Hobbie has scored 202 points in his first dozen college games, an average of 16.8 points per game. Laur, who grew 4 inches during his time at McKendree, averaged 17.4 points per game during his freshman season.

  • Vandal wrestlers move to 6-0

    If you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of doubt.

    "I heard they're better than last year," said an opposing coach during the Vandalia wrestling team's season-opener at Belleville West.

    "He's got his work cut out for him," said an Oakwood wrestler Saturday before his teammate's match against the Vandals' Josh Eller. "This guy got fourth at state last year."

    The Vandals' reputation precedes them. And, according to VCHS coach Jason Clay, it can be a huge advantage if taken advantage of properly.