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Today's News

  • Downtown project cuts considered

    Splitting up and scaling back – those are the options that city officials are considering as a way of keeping the downtown enhancement project.

    At the conclusion of a two-hour meeting on Monday, the Vandalia City Councils streets/sewers and water/disposal committees agreed to recommend to the full council that the streetscape work and infrastructure improvements be bid separately, and to reduce the scale of that work.

  • Dean Black resigns as county board chairman

    The man who has represented the St. Elmo area on the Fayette County Board for close to a decade and served as its chairman for the past five years has resigned because he has moved from that area.

    Dean Black announced his resignation at the end of Tuesdays county board meeting, saying that he and his wife, Elloise, have moved from St. Elmo to Vandalia.

    I just hope that something Ive done as chairman has helped the county and the residents of the county, said Black.

  • Daughter of resigning alderman appointed to his seat

    Before taking her seat as Vandalia's newest alderman, Lisa McNutt was somewhat familiar with how city government works.

    She gained that knowledge not from being involved in government, but from hanging around her father.

    McNutt, 36, is the daughter of Von Duggins, who resigned from the city council last month after about 20 years of service. Duggins moved out of the city.

    The new Ward III aldermen said, "It (city government) is something that I've been around, because of my dad."

    McNutt's interest in serving as an alderman is simple.

  • Evans Library to celebrate Children's Book Week

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is celebrating Children's Book Week Nov. 12-18.

    As part of the celebration, each child who checks out a book during the week will receive a book bag.

    Also, children will be registered for gifts that will be given away. Young adult readers are invited to participate and read for the chance to win prizes.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 8

    ? 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.

    ? The monthly meeting of the Fayette Teen Issues Coalition will be held at noon in the library at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. County residents who are concerned about the at-risk behaviors of local youth are invited to attend. For more information, contact FTIC Coordinator Jessica Wright, 283-1044.

  • City needs Christmas tree

    The city of Vandalia is in need of a large evergreen tree for a community Christmas tree.

    The city is asking for a tree that is 20-25 feet in height. It will be placed near the intersection of Seventh and Gallatin streets.

    If you have a tree that you are willing to donate, contact city hall, 283-1196.

  • Great passing helps VJHS 8th-grade girls top South Central

    The Vandalia eighth-grade girls basketball team was in a sharing mood Monday night.

    And thanks in large part to the team's pass-first approach, the Junior Vandals cruised to a 26-8 victory over South Central at VJHS.

    Vandalia wound up recording assists on 10 of its 11 field goals. Amber Bruno was especially fond of setting up teammates - particularly Hannah Edwards - as four of her team-high five assists came on Edwards buckets.

  • VJHS 7th-grade boys win own tournament

    Stealing is only cool in a couple instances: George Clooney movies and on the basketball court. The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team proved to be doubly cool Saturday, mastering the latter with Ocean's Eleven-like precision in the championship game of its own invitational tournament. The Junior Vandals came up with 18 steals against St. Elmo in a 38-20 win, with Tim Ritchey filled the role of Clooney's Danny Oceans. The Junior Vandals lynchpin came away with 10 of those takeaways, going on to post a rare points-steals double-double by scoring a game-high 14 points.

  • Red, White and New: VCHS gym's 'extreme makeover' nearly complete

    Despite its various charms, the Vandalia Community High School gymnasium had one glaring weakness during its first 57 years of existence: You'd never guess what the school's colors were by looking at the place.

    That won't be a problem anymore.

    A six-month project to renovate the home of the Vandals has neared completition. And the most noticeable outcome of the facility's "extreme makeover" is its overwhelming redness.

    Imagine Busch Stadium on opening day. Seriously - it's that red.

  • VJHS 7th-grade girls create offense with defense in win

    Sometimes, great defense is the best offense.

    The Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team proved that Monday night in a 28-5 victory over South Central at VJHS.

    The Junior Vandals defense was relentless all night, which led to easy baskets on the offensive end. The home team scored 11 of its 14 field goals off of steals, with a majority of those buckets coming on transition layups.