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Today's News

  • Friend turns out to be journalism prof

    Recently, I contacted my friend, Roger Boye, of Evanston, to tell him my exciting news! My name appeared among the acknowledgments in Edward Callary’s new book, “Place Names Of Illinois.” This was a first for me, and I knew Roger would appreciate what it meant.

    I met Roger early in 1995 through a genealogical query. He was interested in family information on the Rheiner and Boye families of St. Paul. I copied what I had and sent it to him.

  • Good choices keep prom safe

    This is the time of year for proms, and many local high schools have either held theirs already or will be holding them soon. At Vandalia Community High School, the prom is this Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m.

    It’s a wonderful time of making memories, socializing with friends and enjoying a dress-up date. If you’d like a glimpse into the evening’s activities, the coronation of the prom king and queen will take place at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. This year’s theme is “A Night of Enchantment.”

  • Council will vote on changes to Gallatin Street parking restrictions

    The Vandalia City Council could vote on a change to the parking restrictions along Gallatin Street as early as next week.

    The council’s streets and sewers committee voted unanimously to recommend a change that would allow residents living in buildings on Gallatin Street to park on the street in the evening.

    Currently, parking on Gallatin Street between Kennedy Boulevard (Third Street) and Sixth Street is limited to two hours at a time around the clock, seven days a week.

  • Mary Albert O'Neill bequeaths $1 million for fine arts wing at KC Campus

    The Kaskaskia College Foundation will receive more than $1 million from the estate of a Vandalia woman to construct a fine arts building or a fine arts wing onto an existing building on the college’s Vandalia campus.

    College officials announced the major gift from the estate of Mary C. Albert O’Neill at the annual meeting of the Kaskaskia College Foundation at the Centralia campus on Monday.

  • HMG claims city breached contract

    In responding to the lawsuit filed by the city of Vandalia on a project in the western Interstate 70 interchange, its consulting engineering firm claims that the suit should be dismissed because the city didn’t comply with a contract signed for the project.

    HMG Engineers of Carlyle responded last week to the suit filed last month in which the city seeks a judgment of $361,370.18. The city alleges that the engineering firm was negligent in preparing plans and specifications for a boring project.

  • Feezel recalls days at Williams Camp-Part II

    This week, Betty Bolles Feezel continues her remembrances of Carter Oil Co.’s Williams Camp north of St. Elmo.

    The Move to Williams Camp

    “We moved to Williams camp in 1939,” Feezel said. “My dad had a house built in Williams camp, which was nothing but a farm field.

    “The company leased the land and made out streets. Every street had a wide, concrete sidewalk on each side and an alley. We had a ton of fun skating on the sidewalks,” she said.

  • VCHS track teams edged at Hillsboro

    The Vandalia Community High School boys and girls track teams competed in a tightly contested quadrangular meet at Hillsboro on Tuesday – with both teams finishing second, one point behind the winning team.

    The VCHS girls amassed 59 points – one point behind Greenville (60) and one point ahead of Breese Mater Dei (58). Host Hillsboro placed fourth with 27 points.

    On the boys side, the Vandals scored 63 points – one behind Hillsboro (64) and four ahead of third-place Greenville (59). Mater Dei was fourth with 39.

  • Cumberland 3, St. Elmo 1

    Cumberland 3, St. Elmo 1

    St. Elmo outhit Cumberland in a contest last Tuesday, but the Pirates walked away with a 3-1 win.

    “This is a game we should have won,” said coach Ryan Beccue. “We have limited our strikeouts so far this season, but today we had way too many against a pitcher we should have handled.

    “We still had an opportunity in the seventh to win the game, but couldn’t come through with a timely hit,” Beccue said.

  • Downtown pain worth the gain

    This week, they brought in the big equipment.

    And as the first buckets of earth were moved, the downtown enhancement project in Vandalia is officially under way.

    The first phase will be to install new storm sewer lines. Those will take runoff water out of the sanitary sewer system, which should significantly reduce the load on our sewage treatment plant. Plus, by moving the storm water out of the area more efficiently, the incidents of basement flooding will be significantly reduced in the downtown area.

  • 'The Rock House' to host family reunion

    In recent conversations with Betty Schaub, I learned that she has a very interesting corollary in her family.

    Betty’s fourth great-grandfather, Hezekiah Alexander, was a framer of the North Carolina State Constitution and Bill of Rights, and her cousin, another of Hezekiah’s descendants, Ray Garrison, helped draft the Illinois Constitution in 1965.

    Hezekiah’s story is told in the book, “Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the Backcountry,” by Norris W. Preyer, and I have drawn from this reference to tell his story.