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Today's News

  • Legion honors Kim Shanks for murals in veterans' museum

    The stately building standing at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia is actually an old mansion built around 1864 and has served as the home of American Legion 95 in Vandalia for many years.

    A veterans’ museum was started within its walls in 2004, in which many artifacts – items, photographs…and memories – are displayed for the public to view

  • Committee backs TIF funds for Depot project

    A local family hoping to bring back a popular downtown Vandalia restaurant and bar took another step toward that goal on Tuesday.

    John Truitt Jr. of Shobonier heads a family group that wants to purchase The Depot property and rebuild the business that was gutted by fire close to two years ago.

    On Tuesday, Truitt received the backing of city officials and members of the city’s Tax Increment Financing in his attempt to use TIF monies for The Depot project.

  • Freight takes third at Altamont tournament

    Last weekend, Guaranteed Air Freight played seven games over the course of three days, in finishing third at the 2009 Altamont Fourth of July Tournament.

    The Freight played four games on Saturday alone, as they battled back through the loser’s bracket after suffering a 3-2 loss to Franny's in its first game on Saturday. The Freight would win four straight games before losing in the semifinals to Home Center, 7-6, on a close play at the plate.

  • Post 95 picks up two big wins over weekend

    The Senior Legion team looks as if it has finally turned its season around. This past week, Post 95 won three of its five games, including three in a row, and a sweep of Olney.

    The offense that struggled to score just a few weeks ago has now scored 34 runs over the past five games.

    Perhaps the biggest reason for the recent offensive surge is lineup changes. Dallas Gray, who usually holds down the fourth spot in the lineup, has led off the last three games. In those games, he is combined 6-for-11 with two home runs, a double and four runs scored.

  • Kaskaskia College continuing to grow

    In the past nine years, Kaskaskia College has grown more than any other community college. With 62-percent growth since 2001, KC ranks far ahead of even the second-place community college on that list, Joliet Community College, at 39 percent.

    That success has been possible, KC President Dr. James Underwood said at an open forum last week, because the institution has continued is philosophy of being accessible to the people who want to continue their education.

    Underwood said Kaskaskia offers classes at close to 10 sites within its district boundaries.

  • FAYCO deserving of our support

    An organization that has given the developmentally disabled individuals of this area a higher quality of life for more than 33 years is being threatened by the infighting at our state capitol.

    FAYCO Enterprises stands to lose much of its state funding as a result of the budget battle between Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly.

  • Bluegrass Festival worth repeating

    Any assessment of Vandalia’s first National Road Bluegrass Festival is, for the most part, subjective.

    Some people say that the crowds weren’t that big, and there wasn’t a lot to see or do.

    Others would say that the festival was a big success, and that it’s worth repeating.

    In reality, it would probably fall somewhere between the two.

  • Life lessons learned from the moon man

    Uncle Wilbur Meyer of Bingham was a self-described “moon man.”

    Those were the words he used when he told his doctor that he would return in a couple of weeks to have a spot removed from his cheek. The moon signs were not right that day for removal, but the following week, anything that was cut would not grow back.

    Uncle Wilbur used the same sign for cutting fence posts. If you cut under the wrong moon sign, the posts would rot. Cut them at the right time, and they will last for years.

  • FAYCO facing large cuts

    It was only a couple of months ago that it took a team effort to prevent the closure of the Illinois Department of Human Services office in Vandalia. Now, it is a local organization that receives state funds through DHS that has an uncertain future.

    Bob Lindberg, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, recently received a letter from the DHS stating that the agency will lose a number of grant programs and see significant reductions in funding for other programs if Gov. Pat Quinn OKs the budget presented by the Illinois General Assembly.

  • City's Motown forum goes off without any criticism

    Anyone who expected Vandalia officials to hear criticism about the $300-million sports and entertainment complex proposed for the city’s west side during a public forum last Thursday were likely surprised.

    That forum, set up by city officials after some residents asked for more information about the project proposed by Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc., was exactly that – an informational meeting.