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  • Graduation Day

    Five area school districts – Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo, Ramsey and Mulberry Grove – held commencement exercises over the weekend. Vandalia Community High School graduate Mitch Johnson switches the tassel on his mortarboard as he and other members of the class of 2008 officially become graduates on Saturday night. Patoka High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m. this Friday, and South Central High School will graduate its seniors at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

  • Residents help Legion create veterans' museum

    Old soldiers never die, they just fade away were the words of a famous American war leader and hero as he was retiring from active duty.

    Sadly, somehow the memories of the terrible sacrifices our service men and women have made in previous wars have faded, as we fail to teach and remind the young people of the devastating price of war, and of the respect and gratitude due to the American veterans.

  • City hikes Vandalia Lake camping fees

    To keep its fees in line with other sites in the area, the city of Vandalia has increased its camping rates at Vandalia Lake.

    Approving the hikes recommended by the Vandalia Lake Committee, the city council voted in increase the nightly rate for camping spaces with electrical hookups from $12 to $15.

    The ordinance amendment also increases the nightly rate for sites without electrical hookups from $7 to $10, and the 20-night block from $220 to $260.

  • Phone operators reconnect at reunion

    Many remember the good old days, when you picked up a telephone receiver, a pleasant voice asked, Number, please. The helpful operator directed your call to the proper destination with without further ado.

    There were no electronic voices recordings with options and directions to press this number or that, no instructions to return to the main menu if none of the options were suitable, no If you want to speak to a representative (meaning a real, live person) or Sorry, your call cannot be completed as dialed.

  • County's E911 committee ready to get to work

    A committee looking into the possibility of bringing Enhanced 911 phone service to Fayette County residents is planning to step up their efforts this month.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said after Tuesdays county board meeting that the countys E911 committee plans to meet in the near future with Mike Schabbing, the E911 coordinator in Jasper County.

  • Gottman delivers State of the City address

    Many Vandalia residents clamor for economic growth, and Mayor Rick Gottman said last week that figures support his claim that Vandalia is in trend of growth.

    A lot of communities are concerned about their growth, with whats going to happen, Gottman said during his State of the City address at last Wednesdays Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    Our tax base keeps climbing, while others are starting to fall, he said.

  • Local schedule/scoreboard

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship - Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game - Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 - Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

    Alton-Marquette 5, Vandalia 3

  • New budget includes new pumps at Vandalia Lake

    The city of Vandalias budget for the coming fiscal year is pretty much like the current budget, as far as the total and some of the projects being funded.

    But it does include some new items, including monies for an important infrastructure project.

    The new budget has a bottom-line total of $13.4 million, which City Administrator Jimmy Morani said is unchanged from the current budget.

  • Dedication, ribbon-cutting held for KC Vandalia Campus

    "I am pleased to say that now, Vandalia is truly a college town."

    Speaking at the dedication of the new Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus last Friday, KC President Dr. James Underwood said that the new facility on West Fillmore Street became a reality only because so many people in the community worked toward that goal.

  • Soil and water conservation district, Extension learn that state funds being released

    Under the bright sunshine on a warm spring afternoon, Vandalia sixth-graders ventured out of the classroom to learn about Vandalia Lake, water quality, soils and other conservation issues. A week ago, the agency that organized Vandalia Lake Appreciation Day were thinking that Mondays event would be the last of its type.