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Today's News

  • 2008 in Review: Statehouse closed, voters approve E911

    The second half of 2008 saw member of Vandalia’s Looking for Lincoln committee wrapping up its work on Abraham Lincoln storyboards, and a committee made up of residents from Brownstown and St. Elmo continuing to study a reorganization of those two school districts.

    Later in the year, Vandalia officials scrambled to get the Vandalia Statehouse open again in time for Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

    Our look back at 2008 continues in this issue.

    JULY

  • Joan Walden provides support for daughter's ministry

    Many of our readers are familiar with the music and ministry of Laurel Jean, who has been blind since birth. Her gift of reaching people spiritually and joyfully through her music, as a creative pianist, composer, vocalist and speaker, has blessed many through her ministry.

  • Illinois suffering; Blagojevich must resign

    You almost have to wonder whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich is clicking his heels when he speaks publicly.

    Remember Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”? Clicking her heels three times, Dorothy chanted, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

    That’s been a Blagojevich theme.

    In Vandalia for the first time, in 2002, Blagojevich said, “I want to bring jobs to Illinois. I want to bring jobs to Illinois. I want to bring jobs to Illinois.”

  • Ration books tell story of wartime life

    In my collection of "old" things are several ration books from the 1940s. The small books fit into a 5-inch-by-7-inch brown envelope, and contain pages of stamps with pictures of howitzers, aircraft carriers, tanks and airplanes.

    Some of the stamps have numbers on a colored background, while other stamps in the book are imprinted with letters and numbers.

  • Bombers rally to top Hornets

    Jared Winters banked in a shot in the low post with 1.8 seconds remaining Friday night, giving the Brownstown boys basketball team a thrilling 53-52 come-from-behind victory over Cowden-Herrick.

    The Bombers (6-6) trailed by eight points early in the fourth quarter, but rallied for a key win that counts in both the NTC and EIC standings. It was the Bombers first game in three weeks and just one of six home games on their schedule this year.

    Winters finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds for Brownstown, while Michael Kramer added 16 points.

  • Lady Vandals defend Mattoon Tournament title

    Nobody is more aware of how difficult it is to repeat as champions at the Mattoon Christmas Tournament than longtime Vandalia girls basketball coach Mike Butler.

    "I told our kids that I've been here since '92, and it's been a long, long time since there's been a repeat champion," said Butler, who has been taking Vandalia teams to the tournament more years than some of his current players have been alive.

  • Illinois House votes to impeach Blagojevich

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) cast the lone dissenting vote, and Rep. Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) voted "present."

    The impeachment comes one month after Blagojevich was arrested at his home by federal agents on fraud and bribery charges.

    Blagojevich visited Vandalia twice when running for governor in 2002, but did not come to town during the 2006 campaign.

  • Tickets available for Chamber of Commerce banquet

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will be held Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at the American Legion in Vandalia. The evening will consist of a catered meal, presentation of the Abe Awards and entertainment by ventriloquist Greg Claasen. The banquet begins at 6:00pm with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:00pm.

  • Age doesn't slow down 100-year-old Erma Warner

    More people are reaching the age of 100 years these days, but probably few of them are retaining the energy, mental capacity, enthusiasm and appearance of Erma L. Warner.

    Erma seems to have put the brakes on aging at about 75, although she reached her 100th birthday on Dec. 17, 2008, and celebrated it with a party.

    When Erma was called to set up an interview, she gave detailed directions to her rural home, down to the finer details of “you will cross a crick and go up a hill, to the second mailbox.”

  • City OKs bid for downtown sewer work

    More than eight years after Sandra Leidner broached the idea of making improvements to Vandalia’s downtown business district, the city is on the verge of seeing some of that work get under way.

    And, hopefully, the city will learn in about a week whether there are contractors interested in taking on another phase of the downtown improvements.

    On its fourth attempt, after separating facets of the projects due to unsuccessful bidding attempts in the past, the Vandalia City Council has accepted a bid for sewer line improvements in the downtown business district.