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Today's News

  • House Fire

    Vandalia volunteer firefighter Zac Stombaugh uses an ax for ventilation and to gain entry to the second story of a home last Friday morning.

    Firefighters were called to 1106 W. Gallatin St. at 8:53 a.m., and arrived to see smoke coming from the residence, which is owned by Angela Stagar. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire in a second-story bedroom. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour. No damage estimate was available, and no injuries were reported.

  • News Briefs

    Soroptimists hosting widows' luncheon

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is accepting reservations through Friday for its New Beginnings Luncheon on Saturday, June 1.
    The free event for area widows will be held from noon-2 p.m. on June 1 at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia.
    Reservations are required, and all ages are invited to attend. To make reservations, call Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 by Friday.
    In addition to lunch, the event will include speakers, music and door prizes.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Tyler Joseph Westendorf
    Vandalia
    Megan Marie Cothern
    Vandalia
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    Jeremy Allen Gelsinger
    Vandalia
    Shannon Deane Chrisman
    Vandalia
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    Matthew John Hunter
    Vandalia
    Nikki Kay Bolyard
    Vandalia
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    Braden Lee Hendrickson
    St. Elmo
    Fallon Kay Reisner
    St. Elmo

  • Two Vandals qualify for IHSA state meet

    For all of the excitement of two Vandalia boys track athletes making the state meet, there was just as much disappointment, as a senior missed qualifying by just a fraction of a second.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl qualified in two events and sophomore Ben Strobel qualified in one for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state track championships on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    In the 800-meter run, senior Wade Cowger placed third, and his time was just six-hundreths of a second over the automatic state-qualifying time.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 23

    ✔ A Holy Cross Lutheran Church youth will hold a rummage sale from noon-6 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday at the church, 726 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia. A plastic grocery sack full of items will cost $3, and larger items will be marked.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • City honors chiefs
  • Ruffner places 11th in high jump

    CHARLESTON – Vandalia’s Sierah Ruffner has shown a different demeanor throughout her senior season of track.

    And that focus and dedication paid its dividends at the state track championships.

    Ruffner made the state high jump finals for the first time in three tries last Thursday, and took 11th place on Saturday, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

  • Lady Rams earn first regional title since '93

    MACON – Senior Shaunna Rainey got one last home run trot, but otherwise, there wasn’t much excitement for Ramsey in its final game of the season.

    The Lady Rams held an early 2-2 tie, but the sectional semifinal game slipped out of hand in the top of the fourth when Cumberland added eight runs on the way a 13-3 win in six innings at Meridian High School.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Eight Vandalia wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament – Ty Kidd, Louis Smith, Adam Lape, Anthony Lach, Scott Street, Matt Emerick and Jason Clay.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two girls, shown as teenagers in 1948, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left now lives in Southern Illinois and the one on the right moved back to Vandalia several years ago. They were members of a special club in high school.