Today's News

  • Heavy Rains, Heavy Flooding

    Large amounts of rain in a short period of time late last week caused what was probably the worst flooding in the area since 2004, when water over U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia caused the highway to be closed for several days.

    The photo above shows flooding in the area of Fourth and Jefferson streets.

  • More talks on river intake

    Well into a meeting held to discuss possible solutions for Vandalia’s river intake, a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it’s not their role to come up with a remedy.
    But, he did tell city officials whom they could turn to as they try to come up with a way to make the intake usable for more than one-sixth of a year.
    Chuck Frerker, Bob Wilkins and Doug Wasmuth of the Corps of Engineers met with city officials after Mayor Ricky Gottman contacted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), and Shimkus contacted the federal agency.

  • Streetscape work to begin

    More streetscape work in downtown Vandalia could get under way this week.
    And it could be completed by the end of July.

  • Bruno signs with Fontbonne

    Vandalia senior Amber Bruno on Monday signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

  • South Central makes cuts in athletics for '13-'14

    Another school in Fayette County has been forced to make budget cuts, and those cuts will affect athletics.

    South Central District 403’s board of education last Wednesday approved budget cuts for next school year, and those cuts included several in the area of athletics.

    In addition to the cuts, a fee of $40 will be applied to students who play one sport and $60 for students who play two or more sports.

  • Lady Aces win big vs. Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – Senior Becca Oldham tossed a three-hitter and four Lady Aces had a two-hit game on Monday in a big road win at Vandalia.

    Mulberry Grove scored in every inning to back up Oldham’s gem during a 17-1 victory in a makeup game from April 16 played as the second game of a doubleheader for Vandalia.

    The Lady Aces (8-2) scored three times in both the first and second innings before doubling their run total in the third.

  • Lady Vandals fall in pair of conference games

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals weren’t playing their best softball early in Monday’s game against Litchfield, but they were playing well enough to stay in the game.

    Unfortunately, the third out in the second inning proved difficult to get, as Litchfield pounded out four two-run hits with two outs to break open the game on the way to an 18-5 South Central Conference victory.

  • Track teams to have senior day on Thursday

    Because so many track meets have been canceled due to inclement weather so far this season, a home meet has been added to the Vandalia boys and girls track schedules.

    Litchfield will come to Vandalia on Thursday for a meet at 4:15 p.m., and Vandalia will use the event as senior day.

    Prior to the meet, Vandalia expected to try to get more teams to come to the event.

    The boys will honor Wade Cowger and Ryan Ambuehl, while the girls will recognize Sierah Ruffner, Makenzie Roberts, Emily Miles and Heidi Goldsmith.

  • Vandals fall to conference opponents

    The Vandals fell to a pair of South Central Conference opponents in the past week, falling to Litchfield, 10-0, on Monday, and Greenville, 5-4, last Wednesday.

    A game against Hillsboro was rained out last Friday, and it will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Hillsboro next Wednesday.


    Offensive struggles hurt Vandalia against the Purple Panthers, with just two hits in the six-inning loss that saw Litchfield score five times in the sixth inning to end the game on the mercy rule.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 25)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.