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Today's News

  • Honoring their comrades

    Numerous times each year, members of area veterans organizations combine to provide a final tribute to others who also served this country.

  • Vandalia Pool opens this Saturday

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will open for the season this Saturday, weather permitting.
    The pool business hours are: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 1-5 p.m. only, with private parties on Saturday evenings; and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.
    For the pool to be open on cool or questionable-weather days, there must be 10 people before 1:30 p.m. for the 1-5 p.m. session and by 6:30 p.m. for the 6-8 p.m. session.

  • Capitol News Illinois recap on legislative activity

    By Capitol News Illinois staff
    GRADUATED INCOME TAX: With only two weeks remaining in the 2019 regular session, Democrats in the Illinois House say they are close to securing the 71 votes needed to pass one of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities, a constitutional amendment to overhaul the state’s income tax system.

  • Bill includes higher Scott's Law fines

    By LINDSEY SALVATELLI
    Capitol News Illinois
    Lsalvatelli@capitolnewsillinois.com
    SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police Lt. Col. David Byrd was the on-call supervisor the night Chicago Fire Department Lt. Scott Gillen was struck and killed while assisting a crash scene in 2000.
    In the nearly two decades since, Byrd said, poor driving hasn’t diminished.
    “Nineteen years later, it’s come full circle for me,” Byrd said.
    “We’re still dealing with the same situation that occurred that night.”

  • New Vandalia school athletic policy on vaping, Juuling

    Juul – Vaping  – liquid nicotine: Use or possession of Juul, vaping, liquid nicotine as described in the
    Extracurricular Handbook and student Handbook at any time during the school year on a 24-hour basis and during the summer will result in:
    First Offense:
    1. Regular disciplinary actions of the district (if applicable).
    2. The student shall be suspended from participation in extracurricular activities for the remainder of the season.

  • City lauds Grubaugh for work on wall

    After haggling with Dennis Grubaugh for the past couple of years over repairing the wall of a downtown building left exposed after a demolition project, city officials praised Grubaugh for what is essentially the finished product.
    Early in Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman commended Grubaugh for his work on the exterior wall of his building at 507 W. Gallatin St., noting that Grubaugh had worked on the project all weekend.
    Later in the meeting, Alderman Andy Lester added his praise for the work. “It looks really nice,” Lester said.

  • Vaping, Juuling now in school athletic policy

    Already having a policy prohibiting vaping, Juuling and the use of other liquid nicotine in the schools, the Vandalia Board of Education has added a similar policy to the high school’s athletic policy.
    E-cigarettes, including Juul pods, packages nicotine salts from leaf tobacco into one-time use cartridges.
    The new athletic policy, like the one in the student handbook, makes penalties for the vaping, Juuling and other liquid nicotine products is more stringent than those for the use of all tobacco products.

  • Fine for lake building violation

    A week after its lake committee voted to go with something other than what was recommended, the Vandalia City Council did the same thing.
    Last week, after hearing from city Building Official Dan Barenfanger and Joe Withers about Withers violating city ordinance at the lake lot where he is building a home, the lake committee recommended that the council OK a $500 fine.
    On Monday, the council voted to increase the amount of the fine to the maximum, $750, with Mayor Rick Gottman casting the tie-breaking vote.

  • Lake committee supports fine only for ordinance violations

    After the city’s building official presented three options to deal with ordinance violations at the site of a home construction on Vandalia Lake, aldermen on the city council’s lake committee recommended a fourth.
    That fourth option would include making changes to the ordinance as to what kind of structures are allowed at the lake.

  • City to step up boat permit enforcement

    If you plan to put a boat on Vandalia Lake, it better have a permit sticker attached.
    The decision to step up enforcement of the city ordinance requiring permits for boats on the lake was made during a meeting of the city council’s lake committee on Monday.
    And that decision comes as a result of complaints from individuals buying boating permits.