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Today's News

  • Fayette County Fair has a colorful past

    The 80th anniversary of the Fayette County Fair was celebrated this year with events the organizers could not have imagined back in 1930, when it all began.

    It has always puzzled me that the county fair was not located at the county seat. Same with Effingham and Montgomery counties, where smaller towns, Altamont and Butler, respectively, host the annual county fair.

    I figured it was politics, or because there was a sulky track already in Brownstown. However, my research into the beginnings of the Fayette County Fair held another explanation.

  • City OKs more new water lines on Gallatin

    By now, you’ve probably heard a number of problems caused by state officials trying to finalize a new budget. As Vandalia officials worked on a significant addition to the downtown project, they discovered one of those problems.

    City officials decided that it made sense to replace an aging water main along Gallatin Street while the roadway was torn up for the enhancement project.

    And they were told by state officials that Vandalia stood a good chance of receiving Community Development Assistance Program grant funds to pay for the new water main.

  • Council OKs TIF agreement for Depot

    The family planning to revive The Depot restaurant and bar has had two parts of its funding packets approved within the past week.

    Four days after the Fayette County Board approved a $21,500 loan from the county’s revolving loan fund to the Truitt family, the Vandalia City Council approved a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the Truitts.

  • State cutting funding for schools

    Though the Vandalia Community School District finished the fiscal year in the black, the outlook for continuing funding from the state is decidedly gray.

    Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday that the new state budget allows the Illinois School Board only half the funding it had last year. If those numbers hold, several programs may have to be trimmed or cut out entirely, he said.

  • Mary Miller's support group helps people handle grief

    We often perceive others only on the surface, a part of a group or team, a familiar face expected to be seen in a certain setting, without thought of that person being considered as an individual.

  • ETSB selects addressing firm for E911

    The committee charged with overseeing the implementation of Enhanced 911 service in Fayette County has hired a firm to handle one of the first major steps in the implementation process.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel reported at the board’s meeting last Thursday that the Emergency Telephone System Board has hired The Sidwell Co. for the addressing work required for the county’s E911 system.

    That work will entail establishing addresses for all land in the county, including rural areas.

  • The Freight beats Decatur Pride 7-5 in extra innings

    Guaranteed Air Freight improved its record to 8-4 last Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Decatur Pride. The Freight also improved its record against the Pride to 2-0 this season. Vandalia beat Decatur 1-0 during the Altamont Fourth of July Tournament, on June 27.

    On Wednesday, runs weren’t as hard to come by. Decatur took a lead in the bottom of the first with a solo home run and tacked on others in the second and fourth.

  • Senior Legion ends season with 'ugly' loss to Olney

    Following Monday night’s loss in the opening round of the district tournament, Post 95 would have to win five straight games in order to be district champions. Vandalia only won eight games all season.

    Post 95 could not even manage to win the first game in what would be a near-impossible comeback through the loser’s bracket. Vandalia lost Tuesday night to Olney, 26-6, in Effingham.

  • Two screenings set for film by Brownstown resident

    The scene opens on a young woman, her emotions obviously intense and personal. She had received word of her soldier husband’s return home after months of not knowing if he was even alive.

    A voice-over of a male speaks the words of her husband’s letters as she gets ready for the day… and leaving the viewer intensely interested and wanting the movie to continue with the story.

    This is the trailer for the film, “As Ever, Stan,” written and directed by Alex Schwarm.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Some local residents may have the impression that Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project is moving rather slow. Actually, however, quite the opposite is true.

    “We’re about five weeks ahead of schedule,” Terry Fields, site superintendent for Hank’s Excavating of Belleville, said on Wednesday morning.

    Fields and Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers in Carlyle gave favorable updates on the project during Vandalia Main Street’s “Mornings on Main Street” meeting at the Fayette County Museum.