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Today's News

  • Family documents found in deed box

    My job that day was to clean shelves in my office. Among and amidst the papers, boxes and books, was a slim black metal deed box.

    I carried the box to the kitchen table, and with slight pressure, opened the lid. The 5-inch-by-10 l/2-inch box had last been the property of an uncle, Renatus (Noddy) Torbeck of St. Paul. It was given to me some years back by my cousin, Leila Dippold, who co-administered his estate.

  • FCH, operator OK amendment to operating agreement

    The Fayette County Hospital District Board and the company that has operated the local hospital for the past five years on Monday hammered out an amendment to the management agreement between the two entities.

    In that new agreement – termed the “first amendment to the use, operating and management agreement” – Heartland Health System Inc. agreed to share more financial information with the board, and the board was given the option to terminate the relationship between the two after giving Heartland a six-month notice.

  • Former St. Elmo superintendent dies

    James Smith, a long-time superintendent of the St. Elmo School District, died Monday afternoon at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Mr. Smith, who was honored in 2009 as St. Elmo's Citizen of the Year, was St. Elmo's superintendent from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was a member and past president of the St. Elmo Lions Club and was involved in many community organizations and projects in St. Elmo over the past 45 years.

    His obituary is in our Obituaries section on this Web site.

  • The drought is over

    Entering Thursday  night's game, the Lady Vandals sat at 1-17, as the basketball season headed into the final weeks before the regional. Vandalia needed to make a run soon, and it took the first step toward that with back-to-back wins at the Sandoval Invitational  

    Following a 32-point loss to Cowden-Herrick to open the tournament, Vandalia beat Webber Township, 54-35, and Wayne City, 47-41, to get its first wins since a season-opening victory against Roxana.

  • Vandals knock off Greenville again, move to 5-0 in conference play

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Vandalia boys basketball team. In the Vandals' last six games, they’ve gone 1-5, with all five losses coming by six or less points. Despite the run of close losses, Vandalia was still sitting pretty in the South Central Conference at 4-0.

    Needless to say, Friday’s game against Greenville would be a big win, not just for the rivalry and conference standings, but because Vandalia need a win, badly.

  • Wrestling gathers momentum with wins

    Vandalia’s wrestling squad has been somewhat of a gathering storm in recent weeks, as the end of the season creeps nearer, as coach Jason Clay works to get all of the weight classes settled out.

    The Vandals hosted a quad that included Monticello, Murphysboro and Alton on Saturday morning.

    "It was a good day," Clay said. "The kids really wrestled tough. I saw a lot of things we've been working on in practice, which is really encouraging."

    Vandalia 59

    Murphysboro 21

  • Tammie Rogers authors 4-H dog training book

    Countless books have been written and illustrated on dog training. Some are very serious manuals, with professional, no-nonsense attitudes and instructions, accompanied by photos of elite-looking models (both handlers and canines).

    There are also those that focus mainly on new puppy behavior and toilet training.

    Then there are the lighter instructional manuals with a humorous slant, illustrated with humorous caricatures.

  • Extreme cold puts freeze on downtown enhancement work

    A few weeks ago, the city was hopeful that new sidewalks could be poured – and the roadway opened to traffic – in the last two blocks of Gallatin Street being improved by the downtown enhancement project.

    Not only did city officials find out recently that that would not be a possibility in the near future, but they also learned that some of the sidewalk work already completed would have to be redone.

  • City works on two fronts for good census figures

    Knowing how the data gathered through the 2010 Census will impact their wallet, Vandalia officials are working through a couple of different channels to make sure that every local resident is counted.

    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting that the first meeting of the city’s 2010 Census Complete Count Committee will be held at 5 p.m. this Wednesday.

  • State still behind on school funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District will probably not have to dip into its working cash reserves to make it through the current fiscal year, Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday that the district is “still dramatically behind in categorical payments from the state.”

    In his report to the school board, Well said that the state now owes the district $379,927.