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Today's News

  • Welcome to the Hall

    During his four years at Vandalia High School, Jon Carroll was one of the most decorated athletes to ever walk its halls.

    Carroll was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball during his tenure.

    On the gridiron, he was a receiver and returned punts. His senior year, Carroll was selected as the Hayner Award winner.

    On the hardwood, he collected three varsity letters and led the Vandals to a regional championship in his senior year.

  • Fayette County Museum offering historical programs

    Local residents seeking a way to support the Fayette County Museum will be able to accomplish that and enjoy three historical programs at the same time.

    The series, titled “People You Know Or People You Wish You Had Known,” will kick off with the first program on Saturday, Sept. 19. That program will feature a speaker on “Presidential Wit & Humor.” It will include “notes, quotes and anecdotes on chief executives” by Robert Cook, an adjunct faculty member of the Southwestern Illinois College speakers’ bureau.

  • End of an era: Freight history draws to a close at national tournament

    After 15 years and two national championships, the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team members hung up their cleats this past weekend, following a third-place finish at the national tournament in Decatur.

    For a decade and a half, The Freight has been a representative of Vandalia both across the state and on a national level. The Freight has not just been a rec league for former ballplayers, but an organization greater than the sum of its parts, pulling together the community at home tournaments and showcasing the community across the state.

  • Second half shutout gives Vandals first loss

    In its second game of the season, Friday night, Vandalia was shut out in the second half by Carlinville, giving the Vandals their first loss of the season, 44-19.

    “We knew they had everybody coming back from last year, and they won the western side of the conference last year. We thought we’d have to come up here and play pretty well,” head coach John Stout said.

  • Pro-business plan is best budget fix

    In his life outside his duties as a state senator, Kyle McCarter is a businessman. And he plans to keep his business ties to remind himself that his votes as a senator have a real-world impact on the state's businesses.

    It's a perspective some of his fellow legislators apparently have forgotten.

  • Local inventors made their mark

    The late Dr. George Ross published a history column in The Centralia Sentinel newspaper, and from time-to-time my friend, Emory Meador, would hand me an envelope stuffed with some of Dr. Ross’ articles that he thought would interest me.

    One of these was a compiled list of 42 Marion County inventors. I came across this list the other day and thought to myself, if Marion County has 42 inventors, then so does Fayette County.

  • Darn Far Ranch provides man with service dog

    Tammie Rogers and her husband, Robert, who live and operate their Darn Far Ranch northwest of Brownstown are doing what they love to do best – working with and training dogs…and the dogs’ humans.

    Sometimes, a really special dog comes along that is needed by a special person. Tammie recently shared this touching story that has a happy, tail-wagging ending. “Bree” is that special dog and Kevin Boston of Greenville the special person.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project continues to progress ahead of schedule, and – weather permitting – much of the major work could be done by the end of this year.

    “I’d say that we’re every bit of three weeks (ahead of schedule),” Terry Fields of Hank’s Excavating said after Vandalia Main Street’s “Mornings on Main Street” meeting on Wednesday morning.

  • County approves two court filing fee increases

    Several years ago, the Fayette County board turned down a request from the circuit clerk to increase two filing fees collected by her office, saying that the monies generated by those fees were not being used.

    On Tuesday night, as another request was made by the new circuit clerk, the board found out why those increases are needed at this time.

    Board members unanimously approved increasing both the automation and document storage fees to $15 after Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot told them about a mandate passed down by the Illinois Supreme Court.

  • Water, sewer rate hikes recommended

    One year after approving a small sewer rate increase and scaling back the recommended water rate increase, the Vandalia City Council has been asked to increase both rates again this year.

    In presenting the annual city audit, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. recommended a 7.19-percent increase in water rates and a 2.19-percent hike in sewer rates.

    Those recommended increases mirror the percentage increases in water and sewer expenses over the past year, Timmermann said.