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Today's News

  • City OKs hike in pension levy

    After considerably more discussion, and hearing from two residents, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved the increase in the police pension fund levy that it supported two weeks ago.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council approved an increase in the police pension fund levy of 10.87 percent, which will generate $379,216.
    That increase was one of three presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. of Vandalia.

  • A voice for Southern Illinois at the state's education table

    After considerable time being a part of the effort to improve school funding in Illinois, Vandalia’s superintendent of schools is now part of the team that will be advising the state’s new governor on educational policy.

  • Letters to Santa

    Mrs. Philpot’s Third Grade
    Dear Santa,
    Hi, Santa, my name is Aubrey. I am 9 and I live in Illinois. Do you like cookies? Is it cold at the North Pole? I love the doll house because it was big. My behavior has been good. I am good to my friends. And I am good to my teacher. I want an elf on the shelf.
    Your friend,
    Aubrey Beal

    Dear Santa,

  • Cumberland, Mulberry Grove winners on first night of St. Elmo Tournament

    The higher seeded teams were winners on the first night of the 59th St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    In the tournament opener, top-seeded Cumberland defeated the No. 8 seed Ramsey, 65-47.
    In the nitecap, No. 4 Mulberry Grove edged No. 5 seed Windsor/Stew-Stras, 45-40.
    The tournament continued on Wednesday night, with No. 2 Vandalia facing Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City at 6:15 p.m. and the host team, No. 3 St. Elmo/Brownstown meeting up with No. 6 Patoka at about 7:45 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Staunton, Litchfield

    The Lady Vandals outscored Litchfield 26-18 in the second half on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lady Panthers’ 17-point first-half edge.

  • Wrestlers pick up six more wins

    Vandalia’s wrestlers have picked up six more wins in the past week, and while he’s pleased with the wins, coach Jason Clay still is focused on what’s ahead.

  • Two arrested on felony heroin charges

    Two individuals were arrested in Fayette County last Wednesday on felony drug charges, including possession of a large amount of heroin.
    Omar E. Lastra, 24, of El Monte, Calif., and Anais Rivera-Olivas, 24, of Los Lunas, N.M, have been charged with controlled substance trafficking, with information alleging that they brought into Illinois 1,150 grams of heroin.
    That charge is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Haben A. Mesfin, 31, Columbus, Ohio, was arrested on Dec. 11 on a charge of driving with a suspended or disqualified commercial driver’s license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Ryan E. Fatheree, 41, 908 N. 870 St., Shobonier, was arrested on Dec. 11 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • William L. Blackwell, 53, 1729 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 10 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond amount was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 13

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Unit 95 Auxiliary will hold their annual Christmas party for members and families at 6 p.m. The men will provide meat and women are providing side dishes and desssert.

    Friday, December 14

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, December 15

  • Cross sent to prison on bank fraud charges

    Alfred L. Cross, 75, of Kinmundy, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on his federal conviction on five counts of bank fraud, Steven D. Weinhoeft, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said on Tuesday.
    The evidence presented in court established that Cross defrauded seven Southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.
    Cross pleaded guilty to the charges in the indictment on March 16. Facts presented at the plea hearing established that Cross opened checking accounts at the following banks: Bradford