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Today's News

  • Former MG man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

    A Bond County man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on June 17.
    A U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, said that  Daniel Allen Neer, 38, formerly of Mulberry Grove, was ordered to serve the statutory maximum 10-year sentence consecutively to an undischarged six-year sentence he is serving based upon his 2012 conviction in Bond County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

  • Five Girl Scouts earn Silver Awards

    The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn.
    It represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and in her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

  • Fire department looking to replace ladder truck

    A Vandalia City Council committee will recommend next week that the city’s volunteer fire department be allowed to begin looking into the replacement of one of its major trucks.
    Two members of the council’s public safety committee – chairman Jerry Swarm and Russ Stunkel – and Mayor Rick Gottman met with the three Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department chiefs on the issue of the department’s aerial apparatus.

  • City files papers to stop lake restaurant

    One day after the city council voted to affirm its decision to take a proposed Vandalia Lake restaurant to court, the city filed the papers to make that decision official.
    The city’s legal counsel, Burnside, Johnson and Sheafor, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday a complaint for declaratory judgment.
    Named in the complaint are Steve and Latisha Mabry, who are planning to open a steakhouse, Lake House, on Vandalia Lake.

  • IHPA director looks over the Vandalia Statehouse

    While assessing the condition of the Vandalia Statehouse last week, the director of the state agency that oversees the building offered reminders of what it means to Vandalia and Illinois.

  • Quite the racquet

    VANDALIA – After purchasing his spot in the first racquetball game at the Family YMCA of Fayette County, Jim Pryor made sure that he got his money’s worth.

    The YMCA board member defeated First National Bank President Ernie Chappel on Monday night in the inaugural game on the recently-completed racquetball court at the YMCA.

    “It’s exciting,” said YMCA Executive Director John Ashdown. “We are basically finished with what we started and promised to the public when we started (our new facility).”

  • Jr. Legion squad wins Jerseyville Tourney

    Originally scheduled as a four-game event over the weekend of June 8-10, the Jerseyville Jr. Legion Tournament was cut short on the last day due to rain.

    That left Vandalia in second place, but with a game scheduled against Quincy – the tournament champions – on Sunday at the Jerseyville Round-Robin, an idea was spurned.

    Why not make that the tournament championship game?

    Both coaches agreed, and despite losing to Quincy, 7-6, on June 8, Vandalia used a late surge to beat Quincy, 8-2, on Sunday and earn the championship trophy.

  • VCHS HOFer is tennis coach

    A Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee has been selected as the next varsity tennis coach.

    Dana (Kirk) Kern was approved as coach by the school board at a meeting last week, and she will take over the program from 18-year veteran Kevin Schroeder, who resigned as head coach after last season due to family reasons.

    Kern is very familiar with Vandalia tennis, having been one of the best players to play for the Lady Vandals in the past 10 years.

  • Post 95 rained out of games vs. Olney

    VANDALIA – Post 95 seemed to be on the way to victory against Olney in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, but steady rains for the next several hours canceled that game in the third inning.

    The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when lightning was spotted, and about 20 minutes later, rain began to fall and did not let up for several hours.

    Vandalia was ahead, 5-2, when play was stopped and had a runner on first base.

  • Sr. Legion set for Firecracker Classic

    UPDATE: THE TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team will spend the next several days playing at the Mattoon Firecracker Classic.

    Starting on Thursday, the 15-team tournament – which features teams from Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota – will be played through Sunday at three different locations in Mattoon.

    Vandalia is in Pool A, which also features Mattoon, Shelby County, Rantoul and Funkhouser, Ind.