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Today's News

  • Two hurt in fire at St. Elmo facility

    Two employees at a natural gas storage facility north of St. Elmo were injured last Wednesday in a fire that caused several explosions.

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified just before 1 p.m. of the incident at the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America about six miles north of town.

    The fire reportedly was started by welding being done on a product tank. Anywhere from two to four explosions occurred after the fire was started.

  • Family YMCA holds groundbreaking for new facility

    After years of work by several committees to create a community recreation center in Vandalia, about 50 people took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday that kicks off the construction phase of that dream.

    The Family Y of Fayette County’s new home will be built on a 4-acre tract east of Rock Island Avenue, just across the street from the Kaskaskia College campus. The actual location of the building will be east of Miller Field, which fronts on Rock Island.

  • Going for the green

    Blake Swofford in no “weekend hacker;” in fact he’s far from it. At the age of 14, he’s become a better golfer than most CEO’s and dentists could ever dream to be.

    While the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball, most people consider golf to be the hardest sport to become good at. It’s not hard for Swofford, though. The Vandalia High School freshman said that the game just came naturally to him.

  • South Central wins regional, falls in sectional to Cumberland

    South Central had been the school getting revenge lately, knocking off Dieteirich and St. Elmo, who had beaten them earlier in the season. But Tuesday the Lady Cougars were the victims of revenge.

    Earlier in the season, South Central had beaten Cumberland, but it wouldn't happen a second time.

    On Tuesday, Lady Pirates controlled game one, winning by seven, 18-25. With the end of the season looming, the Lady Cougars battled through game two, trying to force a decisive third game. In the end, they would come up short, losing 24-26.

  • Staunton bounces Vandals from regional

    After easily winning the opening round of regional play over Gillespie on Thursday, the Vandalia Lady Vandals volleyball squad dropped a hard-fought contest to Staunton in Saturday’s regional finals at Southwestern High School in Piasa.

    The loss eliminates the Lady Vandals from postseason competition, ending their season at 20-11. That marks the third consecutive 20-win season for the team.

    After Saturday’s three-game contest, Coach Allison Brown termed the effort “the best any Vandal volleyball team has ever played in the regional.”

  • City's teamwork and volunteers are vital

    In recent years, Vandalia has stepped up its commitment to better present the history of this community, this region and this state. In turn, those efforts have improved the experiences of people from other towns and states who stop here to learn about Vandalia, Fayette County and Abraham Lincoln.

  • Outlaw Slade had ties to Fayette County

    Mark Twain wrote of his Western travels in the book, “Roughing It.” Twain said that the men he traveled with had three subjects on their mind – "Californy, the Nevada silver mines and the desperado, Slade."

    Twain wrote, “From Ft. Kearney west, he was feared a great deal more than the Almighty. Mothers used his name to strike terror in the hearts of their misbehaving children.”

  • Dr. Durbin celebrates 25 years with Durbin Vet Clinic

    When Charlie Durbin was a young boy living on his parents’ farm, he knew that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He also knew that he especially wanted to work with cattle.

    Last Tuesday evening, Dr. Charlie R. Durbin hosted a community cookout in St.Peter City Park in celebration of 25 years in St. Peter doing just what that little 8-year-old boy dreamed of … and more.

    He has served all of Fayette County, including serving 15 years on the Fayette County Fair Board and as the county fair veterinarian, a position he still holds.

  • National Road Center receives $101,750 grant

    A Vandalia representative on the National Road Association of Illinois Board concedes that a recent grant received by the group won’t provide funding for everything it needs. But it comes pretty darn close.

    “We will always have things that we need to take care of or want to add, but this will come pretty close to giving us what we need,” said Mary Truitt.

    Truitt was referring to the $101,750 grant awarded by the Federal Highway Administration for the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia.

  • Area Halloween Activities

    Vandalia Lions Club

    Halloween Parade – This Thursday at 7 p.m.

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    Vandalia Trick or Treat Night – Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

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    Brownstown Trick or Treat – Saturday, 5-7 p.m., with party afterward

    in Brownstown Park.

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    St. Elmo Trick or Treat – Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

    Brookstone Estates Safe Trick or Treat – Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

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    Deken Park Haunted Trail in St. Elmo – 7-10 p.m. on Friday and 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.