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  • County steps up security at courthouse

    Members of the Fayette County Board learned first-hand on Tuesday night of the county sheriff's efforts to step up security at the county courthouse.

    As they entered the courthouse for their regular monthly meeting, board members were required like everyone else attending that meeting to pass through the county's metal detector.

    As he gave his report to the board, Sheriff Aaron Lay explained that he was planning to upgrade security measures, and that an incident in Kirkwood, Mo., spurred him to move quickly on those actions.

  • School board likely to vote Tuesday on discontinuing open campus at VCHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education is likely to vote next Tuesday night on closing the Vandalia Community High School campus.

    If approved, VCHS students will no longer be allowed to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day, including lunchtime.

    Based on discussions at a public meeting on Monday evening, there is heavy sentiment for Vandalia to become the final district within Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties to go to a closed campus.

  • Lady Vandals in regional final

    The Lady Vandals advanced to the championship game by virtue of a 52-35 win over Effingham St. Anthony on Thursday night.

    Vandalia, which is now 22-4, will face Teutopolis in the championship game, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m. at VCHS.

    For more information, check out the Sports section of our Web site.

  • Obama holds slight edge over Clinton here

    Barack Obama posted an overwhelming victory in Illinois on Super Tuesday, but he edged Hillary Clinton by only a slight margin in Fayette County.

    In this county, Obama defeated Clinton by only 34 votes, 1,093-1,059. Clinton, however, did win the majority of 24 states in the contest for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election.

    On the Republican ballot, John McCain posted a comfortable victory both statewide and in Fayette County. Here, McCain garnered 1,119 votes, while Mike Huckabee had 648 votes and Mitt Romney received 436 votes.

  • Storm damages South Central High School

    Students at South Central High School were not in class on Wednesday morning, but many of the teachers showed up for work though they were doing work of a different kind.

    Instead of giving lectures or tests, those teachers were busy helping district employees take care of storm damage.

    The roof covering over the high schools library and media center was ripped off by high winds that were part of a major storm that moved through the area on Wednesday night.

  • Closed campus discussion is Monday night

    The Vandalia Board of Education will hold a roundtable discussion next Monday about the possibility of moving to a closed-campus lunch hour.

    The roundtable, during which the public is invited to discuss the issue with school board members, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Community High School cafeteria.

    The purpose of the meeting, Superintendent Rich Well said, is to allow for a conversation between administrators, staff, parents and community members.

  • City buys more land on west side

    As part of its effort to lure a prospect to town, the Vandalia City Council has approved an option for land on the citys west side.

    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes, the council unanimously voted to pay the family of the late Fred and Thelma Mattes $8,750 for an option on about 35 acres of land.

    That property is located south of the citys western Interstate 70 interchange, south of Main Street and east of 120 acres owned by the city, including the land on which National Ethanol LLC plans to build an ethanol plant.

  • Engineer says Route 51 study will take four years

    A large group of Fayette County residents turned out last Thursday afternoon to find out the possible path for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through the county. What they found out is that they can play a part in making that determination.

    Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Route 51 expansion project, told that crowd at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus that the public meeting was being held to introduce the U.S. 51 Environmental Impact Statement Project.

  • Engineer says Route 51 study will take four years

    A large group of Fayette County residents turned out last Thursday afternoon to find out the possible path for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through the county. What they found out is that they can play a part in making that determination.

    Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Route 51 expansion project, told that crowd at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus that the public meeting was being held to introduce the U.S. 51 Environmental Impact Statement Project.

  • Helm, Taylor receive Abe Awards

    Two local residents who have used different avenues to reach out to numerous other people in this area were recognized last Thursday by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Saundra Helm, a resident of Vandalia since the mid-1970s, and Ed Taylor Jr., a lifetime resident of the community, each received an Abe Award at the chambers annual banquet at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.