Today's News

  • FNB Gift to MG First Responders

    First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville recently started a program called "Jeans for Charity."

  • Historical Music

    In the Fayette County Museum's third Season of Events performance, Dennis Straoughmatt of Albion played traditional music on the fiddle.

    He also talked about French history in Illinois and Missouri. The Season of Events helped raised funds for renovation to the museum.

  • Hanabarger offers outdoor equipment at new store

    The good news is that new opportunities for shoppers and those needing services and/or information continue to grow in downtown Vandalia, as previously vacant storefronts are filling up with displays.

  • New eatery fulfills pact

    The construction of a new restaurant in Vandalia will both provide a new eatery and fulfill the terms of a seven-year old agreement with the city.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that a Huddle House restaurant will be built near the Holiday Inn Express in the southwest quadrant of the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    That means that developer Chuck Keller is finally able to fulfill the terms of a pact he signed with the city in 2005.

  • Going Behind Locked Doors

    A prison reform group based in Chicago that visited some Illinois prisons last year opined that problems at those prisons – including Vandalia Correctional Center – include overcrowding and deteriorating facilities.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Greenville in SCC action

    The Lady Vandals will celebrate their four seniors on Thursday prior to the game against Roxana.

    Morgan Whightsil, Amber Bruno, Haley Cothern and Abby Dugan will all be recognized prior to the South Central Conference contest.

    Coach Michelle McNary said that last season’s game at Roxana is one the team should have won, so she believes that if her team plays well, it can snap its five-game losing streak.

    Roxana is 13-10 (2-5 SCC) this season.


  • Hablewitz leads Cougars to upset victory

    ALTAMONT – Senior Rudy Hablewitz erupted for a career-high 26 points as South Central produced its second-best offensive output of the season in the first round of the 78th annual National Trail Confernce Tournament.

    Hablewitz got better as the game went on, scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 60-47 win against Brownstown at Altamont High School.

  • Vandalia seventh-graders reach regional title game

    The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team is headed to Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Beating Staunton, 32-14, on Tuesday placed the Jr. Vandals in the title game, which will be played at Hillsboro Junior High on Thursday at 6 p.m.

    Vandalia will meet Greenville, which won both regular-season matchups.

    Nathan Casey paced the Jr. Vandals with nine points, and Marcus Zimmerman added seven.

    James Taylor (6), Garrett McNary (5), Ethan Bayles (4) and Nic Wollerman (2) also scored for Vandalia (15-8).

  • Jr. Vandals to play for third in own tourney

    VANDALIA – The Jr. Vandals will play for third place in their own eighth-grade tournament.

    Vandalia was knocked off by St. Elmo on Tuesday in the championship semifinals of the 26th annual event. The third-place game is on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High, with the championship game to follow.

    St. Elmo will meet Pana in that game, after Pana beat Central A&M on Tuesday.

    Pana won the event in 2010 and 2012, but St. Elmo hasn't captured a championship since 2004.

  • Aces upset St. Elmo

    Two players had season-highs in scoring, and the Aces fended off a late rally to upset St. Elmo last Friday in Egyptian-Illini Conference action.

    Sophomore Damian Latham had a career-high 23 points, and junior Devonta Williamson had a season-high 16 in the 57-56 victory at Mulberry Grove High School.

    The Aces led throughout much of the first three quarters, taking a nine-point lead into the final period, but St. Elmo would score 20 points in the final eight minutes cut down the lead.