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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kararyna L. Scrimpsher, 19, 203 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 25 on charges of criminal damage to property and criminal damage to land. Bond was $1,000.
    • Brandon W. Hicks, 38, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on June 24 on charges of domestic battery and unlawful restraint. No bond information was listed.
    • Ashley E. Daley, 29, 1303 S. Willow St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 24 on a charge of theft up to $500, and on misdemeanor warrants from Moultrie and Effingham counties. Bond totaled $21,000.

  • Vandalia Police

    June 25
    • At 11:14 a.m., officers responded to a report of a break-in at a unit at Storage Land on Veterans Avenue.
    • At 1:09 p.m., officers responded to a report of a break-in at the Jefferson Street laundrymat.
    June 23
    • At 7:53 a.m., an officer handled a complaint of disorderly conduct in the 1500 block of Shelley Drive.
    • At 9:52 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of South Moreland Street for a report of a domestic problem.

  • 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.