Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A large crowd was on hand for the unveiling of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s new welcome sign.
    Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    The Fayette County Board agreed to get estimates on work needed on the county courthouse.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik reported that 16 memorial trees had been purchased for the lawn of the county courthouse and jail.

  • MGFPD sets two informational meetings

    The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District will hold two public meetings in the near future to inform area residents about its plans to expand its boundaries.
    The informational meetings scheduled are:
    • Saturday, Oct. 13 – Bethel Baptist Church, 5 p.m.,
    • Saturday, Oct. 20 – Bear Grove Township building in Hagarstown, 5 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said the district began the process of expanding its boundaries about being requested to do so by people living in rural areas.

  • Long-time Crossing Guard Honored

    The city of Vandalia on Monday honored Linda England, who has served as a school crossing guard for 16 years.

    England recently resigned due to health reasons. Presenting England, center, with a plaque at Monday's city council meeting were Police Chief Larry Eason, left, and Mayor Ricky Gottman.

  • 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.