Today's News

  • Police vacancy topic of discussion

    In addition to holding a lengthy discussion on the new tax levy, Vandalia aldermen talked at length about whether the city should replace a retiring police officer.
    Ultimately, the council agreed to fill that vacancy.
    The council approved the retirement of Shanon Neiber, which drops the number of full-time officers to 12.
    Asked by Alderman Andy Lester how that number compares to that in other towns, Police Chief Jeff Ray said the staffing is about the same as it was 30 years ago, “and crime has not gone down.”

  • City to vote on 10.87% levy hike

    Telling city alderman that municipalities across the nation are faced with racing their tax levies, Vandalia’s auditor gave the city council three options for an increase.
    Aldermen chose the middle of those options, with two of them speaking out against a tax increase.
    All three levy options presented by Dale Timmerman of Timmerman and Co. Ltd. have all levies except the one for the city’s police pension fund staying at the last year’s levels.

  • Shy Santa Visitor
  • Christmas Open House Saturday at Statehouse

    The annual holiday celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday night.
    The Christmas Open House at the state’s oldest existing capitol building is from 5-7:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Vandalia Historical Society Christmas Gala
  • Sworn into Office
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Amanda M. Graumenz, 33, 621 N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 3 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Rustin L. Mouchette, 22, Groves, Texas, was arrested on Dec. 3 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Hannah Nash, 23, 2407 N. 1030 St., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 3 for an alleged violation of bail bond. Bond was $75,000.
    • Adam C. Hosick, 29, 1118 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 3 on a charge of domestic battery.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 6

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites local women to its business meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All guests may purchase lunch, if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at janice.hejl@gmail.com or by calling 322-6538.

    Friday, December 7

  • South Central edges Eagles in OT contest on Tuesday

    South Central outscored St. Elmo/Brownstown by 13 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then won with a 12-7 scoring edge in overtime to win, 59-54, on Tuesday.
    The Eagles were up 18-12 at halftime, then jumped out to a 35-22 lead after three quarters before the Cougars rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring 25 points to SEB’s 12.
    South Central’s Logan Lotz led all scorers with 29 points, including 15 of 17 from the free-throw line, and Keenin Willshire added 11 for the Cougars.