Today's News

  • Remember our veterans on Nov. 11

    Directly on the heels of Tuesday’s election day, we’ll observe Veterans Day on Sunday. Though they are very different days, they’re bound together by a common theme.
    Both are centered on a key element of our nation: freedom.
    Our elections are a key element in preserving our democracy. We’re free to vote our conscience in our elections – whether it’s in the presidential race or in the most obscure local position on the ballot.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bernie R. Wideman, 59, Donnellson, was arrested on Oct. 6 for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft. Bond was $10,000.
    • Melvin C. Eller, 30, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 5 on a charge of retail theft (two counts). Bond was $1,000.
    • Shawn E. Allen, 32, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 5 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $70 cash.
    • Amber N. Ashworth, 24, 1603 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 5 on a warrant for retail theft. Bond was $2,500.

  • Redemption 1:7 to perform this Saturday

    Mitchell Zimmerman,  Keegan Mitchell and Austin Lay all had some things in common: They were about the same ages, they were in the same year of school and they loved music and are musicians.

  • Casting Their Ballots

    Bill and Patricia Beard prepare to cast their ballots on Tuesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia. They are receiving their ballots from election judge Carolyn Daniels.

  • Council backs no levy increase

    The Vandalia City Council will likely approve a tax levy for the coming year that does not include any increases.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that they have two options for the new levy – leave it as is; or OK an increase of 5 percent.
    Gottman and Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay said that the option with no increase includes a reduction of the police pension figure – due to retirements and other departures – and an equal increase in the fire protection figure.

  • City learns about water plant issues

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a quick, short-term fix to the city’s water treatment plant.

  • Morrison, Emerick win county offices

    Fayette County residents supported  the Republican candidate for president, and they also favored the GOP at the local level.

  • Senior Spotlight: Bailey Jones

    Bailey Jones enjoyed her finest season of tennis just when she should have – in her final season.

    The Vandalia senior had 12 doubles wins – most coming with fellow senior Paige Ehrat – to finish second on the team, and included in her total were a win at the South Central Conference Tournament and a second-place finish at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

  • Sophomore Strobel sets personal-best time at state meet

    Ben Strobel knew there would be a lot of fast runners at the state cross country meet.

    And by keeping pace with some of those runners throughout the first mile, Strobel gave himself a good start to a race that would see him finish in a personal-best time.

    The Vandalia sophomore placed 78th out of 210 runners in 16:15 at the state meet on Saturday morning at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

  • Lady Eagles fall in tough super-sectional game

    VALMEYER – Arguably the greatest volleyball season in St. Elmo’s history came to a close on Saturday, with the Lady Eagles losing a tough Elite Eight battle to the hosts of the Valmeyer Super-Sectional.

    Six seniors ended their careers with the second-most wins in school history (29) and the first-ever super-sectional appearance.