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  • Farm demonstration date changed again

    NOTE: Date of demonstration has been changed to March 19!

    On March 19, area cattle producers have a unique opportunity to see one of the most efficiently-run beef cattle operations in southern Illinois and learn about the benefits of the Illinois Heifer Development Program (IHDP). An IHDP Pre-Breeding Processing Demonstration will be held at the Stan and Lisa Buzzard Farm, Beecher City, Illinois, on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • A piece of local history comes back home

    As their 1932 Stutz fire truck the second motor-driven fire truck owned by the city was being restored, members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department began digging up old photos and news stories to learn about the trucks history.

    In some of those photos, VVFD members also saw the citys first motorized fire truck, a 1924 American LaFrance. And they talked of how nice it would be to also have that truck.

    But, based on stories theyd been told, that wasnt a possibility.

  • Winter storms, water line breaks translate to lots of overtime hours

    If you think its been an unusually long and messy winter, put yourself in John Moyers shoes.

    Man, its been a long winter, Moyer, Vandalias director of public works, said on Wednesday morning, as he and his crew were taking a short break after dealing with the latest winter storm.

    This past weekend, I think, was the first weekend that we didnt have something, Moyer said.

    Its not only the snow, he said. Weve had a lot of water line breaks.

    With the latest winter storm, Moyer began sending crews out at 4 a.m. on Tuesday to begin laying down salt.

  • River intake still not working

    Several aldermen agreed on Monday that it might be time for the city of Vandalia to look for someone new in trying to resolve its ongoing problems with the new Kaskaskia River intake.

    But when it came time to take action, none of those agreeing with Aldermen Chad Feldpouch were willing to give their support.

    During committee reports, Alderman Larry Cable, chairman of the councils water and disposal plants committee, said the river intake had been inoperable because of sand being carried into it.

  • Time Change is Sunday

    Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday. Remember to turn your clocks UP one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

  • Statehouse schedule changed

    At least in recent times, Tuesday has been a day when a number of school or tour groups wanted to visit the Vandalia Statehouse. Unfortunately, Tuesday is one of two days that the Statehouse has been closed.

    That will change this Saturday, when a new schedule for the Statehouse goes into effect.

    Jennifer Tirey, acting director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Statehouse, announced on Monday that the old state capitol will now be open Tuesday through Saturday.

    Under the old schedule, the Statehouse was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Watson continues to fight proposed VCC cuts

    The Illinois Department of Corrections is continuing to propose the shutdown of farming operations at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    And state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) is continuing to lead the battle to prevent that from happening.

    Watson, the Illinois Senates minority leader, said late Wednesday morning that he will be meeting with IDOC officials on Thursday to present his arguments for not eliminating farming operations at VCC.

  • Vandalia's police officers now armed with tasers

    Twelve of the Vandalia Police Departments officers recently completed a days worth of training on the departments newest piece of equipment. The 13th officer was unable to complete that training because he was disabled from an injury he sustained in the line of duty, an injury that could have been prevented through the use of that new equipment.

    The city recently purchased for the department tasers, a gun-like device that can be used to temporarily stun an individual who is resisting arrest or threatening bodily harm to an officer or another individual.

  • Vandalia Schools dismissing early

    Due to the arrival of another winter storm, the Vandalia School District is dismissing students early today (Thursday).

    The early dismissal schedule is as follows:

    Jefferson Primary and students who walk to and from school: Noon.

    Vandalia Elementary School-12:10 p.m.

    Vandalia Junior High School-12:15 p.m.

    Vandalia Community High School-12:20 p.m.

    There is no KRP on Thursday afternoon.

    A decision on Friday has not yet been made.

  • Brownstown firefighters kept busy

    Brownstown firefighters begin battling a Thursday afternoon blaze that caused major damage to the home of Delbert Frailey in the Four Mile area. Firefighters from Vandalia, St. Elmo and St. Peter provided mutual aid assistance for the fire, and they were at the scene for about four hours. A cause of the fire has not been determined, but fire officials suspect a gas leak. Firefighters drafted water from a nearby pond as part of their efforts to extinguish the fire. Brownstown firefighters were called late Friday afternoon for a fire at the home of Marty Evans north of the village.