Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ The Alternative Education Programs will hold parent-teacher conferences from 3-6 p.m. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, October 5

  • Senior Spotlight: Jordan Boren

    Consistency has been the key ingredient to the tennis success of Vandalia senior Jordan Boren.

    She isn’t a hard-hitter, but she always places her shots where they need to go, and by primarily teaming with the same player since she was a freshman, it has allowed Boren to lead the team in doubles wins this season, with 11.

    “Her shots are consistent,” said coach Kevin Schroeder. “She doesn’t try to overhit things, and I think she is always looking ahead to where she can go with a shot.”

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    William Dale Sidener
    Pamela Marie Cohan
    Eddie Gene Myers Jr.
    Leona Fay Fischer
    Shannon Wayne Jarrett
    Kelly Dean Miller

    Nicholas William Davison
    Sarah Lynn Porter
    Gary Dwight Graumenz Jr.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jeremy R. Lippert, 20, Salem, was arrested on Oct. 1 for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft. Bond was $2,000.
    • Adam G. Reingold, 30, Edwardsville, was arrested on Oct. 1 on a Bond County warrant. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Bryan A. Payne, 34, 100 Poplar St., Farina, was arrested on Sept. 30 for failure to appear in Montgomery County court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $2,000.

  • Vandals become playoff eligible with big win

    Players came into last Friday’s game against Hillsboro with two goals in mind – become playoff eligible and offensively redeem themselves after losing seven fumbles the week before.

    And after a 48-6 drubbing of Hillsboro and zero fumbles, the team can put those goals away and begin working toward the next ones.

  • A Grande Weekend

    The 43rd annual Grande Levée was held on Saturday on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds, with the Budabi Brothers juggling act (above) being among the more popular attractions.

    At right, Abraham Lincoln presenter Joe Woodard of Hazel Dell delivers a speech about his opposition to slavery in the House of Representatives chambers in the Statehouse. More photos from the Grande Levée, and from the Vandalia Tourism Commission's Harvest Festival, are in a photo gallery.

  • Football Notes: Vandals near playoff berth

    The last time Vandalia traveled to Southwestern, the Birds clipped the Vandals with a late score, ruining the team’s playoff hopes in 2010.

    This time around, the Vandals will be looking to assure themselves a spot in the postseason, but the Birds will again be looking to play spoiler.

    An unpredictable team so far this season, Southwestern is 3-3, and comes into the game with the momentum of back-to-back upset road wins against Pana and Staunton.

  • Second annual fuNFest is this Saturday

    The second annual fuNFest will be held from noon-6 p.m. this Saturday at Gatch Lake, with lots of food; many fun activities for the kids, including two bounce houses; many prizes; raffle gift baskets; silent auction; bake sale; cake walk; $1,000 cow patty bingo; silent auction; and gun raffles.

  • Lady Vandals win Volley for the Cure, then beat Hillsboro

    After two big wins in the past week, the Lady Vandals will have their toughest challenge to date this weekend at the Highland Tournament.

    On Friday night, Vandalia will play a pair of games, taking on O’Fallon at 6 p.m. and Carbondale at 7 p.m. Both games will be played in the west gym.

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals have three games, playing Wesclin in east gym at 9 a.m., and Highland (11 a.m.) and Breese Central (noon) in the west gym.

  • Mayor fighting temporary closure of I-70 exit

    Major improvements to a section of Interstate 70 just outside Vandalia in the near future could hurt businesses near one of its exits while that work is being done
    Vandalia’s mayor told the city council on Monday that he is working to keep the impact on those businesses to a minimum.
    Rick Gottman told the council that he learned recently that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be replacing the two I-70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of the 63-mile exit at Vandalia.