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Today's News

  • VJHS seventh-graders win regional title

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team advanced to sectional play by winning their IESA regional on Thursday.

    This is the first seventh-grade regional title won by VJHS since 2001.

    The VJHS squad will play Casey-Westfield for the sectional tile at 6 p.m. on Monday at Casey-Westfield.

  • Just a day after the fire that destroyed his business, Art Martin was counting his blessings.

    With smoke still rising from the corner where his business stood, the owner of Donaldson’s Carpet, said, “We are fortunate enough to be in a small town.”

    Donaldson was referring to the offers for help he received, including one from his main competitor, Tom DePaolo of DePaolo’s Floor Covering and Home Decorating Center.

  • Aftermath of fire shows character

    Just a day after the fire that destroyed his business, Art Martin was counting his blessings.

    With smoke still rising from the corner where his business stood, the owner of Donaldson’s Carpet, said, “We are fortunate enough to be in a small town.”

    Donaldson was referring to the offers for help he received, including one from his main competitor, Tom DePaolo of DePaolo’s Floor Covering and Home Decorating Center.

  • History of schools full of interesting facts

    My last column dealt with some of the 150-plus Fayette County one-room schools,  through whose doors generations of Fayette County citizens passed. 

    In that column, I mentioned that County Superintendent C.F. Easterday had visited more than 20 country schools, and he shared his report in an issue of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • Investigation into last Tuesday's fire continuing

    As the investigation into last week’s downtown fire winds down, and as businesses dislocated by that fire settle into temporary quarters, Vandalia officials have begun efforts to assist those businesses and clean up the charred remains.

    The Vandalia Main Street Program also has announced that it wants to provide information to owners of downtown buildings on preventing both the start and spread of fires.

  • City will ask unions for wage freezes

    In hopes of avoiding layoffs and furlough days, Vandalia officials will be asking city employees to agree to wage freezes for six months.

    After meeting in closed session for close to an hour on Monday, the city council agreed to take proposals for wage increases to the unions representing the city’s laborers, police officers and telecommunicators.

    The city has prepared memorandums of understanding for the pay freezes, which would run from May 1-Oct. 31, and Mayor Rick Gottman said the city will attempt to set up a meeting with the union representatives.

  • City has to search for owners of Letters and Logos

    One of the city of Vandalia’s first steps in attempting to recoup loan money given to a local industry is finding the owners of that industry.

    In January and February in Fayette County Circuit Court, the city was granted temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against Letters and Logos Inc., and its owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Buehler.

  • No March Madness for Vandalia

    Vandalia fans will have to be content with following Illinois High School basketball March Madness from the stands and in their homes this month, as the Vandals season came to an end three-points short of spilling over into the third month of the year.

    Friday night in front of one of its biggest crowds of the season, the Vandals fell to Pana, 48-45. The third time this season and the second in the past seven days, the game was really a toss up for teams who had split the two regular season meetings.

  • Neighbors United for St. Elmo's Future plans to address many issues

    After Mayor Larry Tish fired Ken Thomason late last year, several factions of St. Elmo residents began efforts to get Thomason reinstated as police chief. Several months later, those factions came together to form one group.

    And while the reinstatement of Thomason is currently the main focus of Neighbors United for St. Elmo’s Future, the president of the new group said it plans to get involved on all issues affecting the community and its residents.

  • Franciscos overcome several obstacles

    Following Matt Philbrick’s inspirational message at the recent Lenten Luncheon at First Christian Church in Vandalia, the pastor of the host church, the Rev. Robert Francisco, further blessed the meeting as he gave a beautiful rendition of “Bethlehem Morning,” sung with such reverence that it could have served as the benediction. He has been pasturing churches since 1992.

    Meet Francsico  and his wife, Euna.

    A Bit of History