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  • Wednesday fire destroys home; man sustains minor burns

    A Vandalia man sustained minor burns in a fire Wednesday evening that destroyed his family's residence.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeremy Beck family, at 904 N. Sixth St., at 8:41 p.m.

    Because they were at the fire station for their weekly meeting, firefighters began arriving at the scene in about a minute. Upon their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.

  • Wesclin holds off Cougars in OT for 3rd-straight VHT title

    Wesclin managed to overcome the magic that seems to accompany South Central every time it steps on the court at Vandalia Community High School.

    But just barely.

    After watching the Cougars erase an 11-point fourth quarter deficit and force overtime on Will Crain's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the top-seeded Indians held off South Central in the extra frame for a 54-51 victory in the championship game of the 36 Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament Saturday night.

    The title was the Warriors' third in a row and a record seventh overall.

    But it was anything but easy.

  • City fails to get bids for downtown improvement project, Temple Baptist dedicates new church

    The city of Vandalia continued to struggle as it attempted to get the downtown improvements project on track. A fire in the early morning hours of Labor Day destroyed The Depot, a popular eatery and meeting place.

    Those were a couple of the stories from the past year. Today, we continue our look back at 2007.

    MAY

  • Illinois' smoke-free law is now in effect

    Although some of the rules and details are still not finalized, the Illinois Smoke-free law is now in effect.

    As of Jan. 1, indoor public places and places of employment in Illinois are now smoke-free.

    The new state smoking resistriction includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, private clubs and gaming facilities. Smoking also is prohibited in public conveyances, such as taxis, buses, shuttles, and any vehicle owned, leased or operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state.

  • City gets permission to use TEA-21 funds for wayside exhibits

    While the city of Vandalia has its downtown improvements project on hold, it is moving ahead with one facet of the plan to enhance the downtown.

    The city has received permission from the Illinois Department of Transportation to use some of its federal TEA-21 project funds for the production and installation of its Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits.

    On those 10 exhibits, formerly known as storyboards, Vandalia will present to local residents and tourists stories about Abraham Lincolns time in Vandalia.

  • A look back at 2007

    Congregations of two Vandalia churches that were destroyed by fire moved into their new homes.

    The city of Vandalia had new faces in a couple of key administrative positions and added a position in an attempt to better handle economic development and tourism matters.

    Even though voters in two Brownstown precincts rejected annexation into the St. Elmo Library District, the Brownstown Branch Library closed 2007 on a positive note a move into a new home.

    The construction of a new home for Kaskaskia College classes in Vandalia was completed.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown school boards will continue to study reorganization

    Finances are often one of the main reasons that school districts look into consolidating with other districts.

    But thats not the case with the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts, according to Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Doug Slover.

    Both districts are financially solvent, so finances dont have to be the driving force with this, Slover said.

    The big thing is the curriculum opportunities that might be available to our students, he said.

  • Thomas George Boggs, 58, Farina

    Thomas George Boggs, 58, of Farina, died at 5:25 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Doctors Nursing and Rehab Center in Salem.

    Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. There is no visitation.

    Mr. Boggs was born on Aug. 7, 1949, in Vandalia, the son of Louis F. Strawberry and Dorothy Mary Campbell Boggs.

    He was an electronic technician with the U.S. Postal Service in Effingham, and had served in the U.S. Army from 1970-86.

  • Christmas Eve Service at Brownstown

    Brownstown First Christian Church, along with Liberty Christian Church, will host a Christmas

    Eve Service at 6 p.m. on Monday at Brownstown First Christian Church, located at the corner of First and Poplar Streets in Brownstown.

    The community is welcome to attend this special service, which will include Christmas carols,

    congregational singing, special music, a message by Liberty's minister, Dan Wagner, and an

    observance of the Lord's Supper. For more information, contact the church at 618.427.3687.

  • Santa at Temple Baptist this Sunday

    Due to inclement weather, Santa Claus had to cancel his visit to Temple Baptist Church last Sunday. He will visit the church this Sunday.Santa will be at the church at 4:30 p.m. in his Jingle Buggy, offering rides to children of all ages.

    Hot chocolate, cookies and candy will be served.

    The public is invited.

    The church is located at Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road in Vandalia.