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Today's News

  • Miller stays on track with his model train hobby

    Some years ago, it was the dream of most little boys to have an electric train for Christmas. The name “Lionel” was probably almost synonymous with “Christmas wish” for young boys.

    It was not unusual to see Christmas trees, often decorated with colorful Noma Bubble lights and little electric trains running around their base.

    The electric trains, with maybe a few more feet of track and accessories added, eventually were packed away and stored in the attic as the boys became interested in other toys and pastimes.

    Not so with Mark Miller.

  • Going back for more

    A year ago, the Vandalia girl’s track and field team was returning to Vandalia as state champs in the 4-by-400-meter relay. This weekend they will attempt to repeat as state champions.

    For the second straight year, the girls 4x400 team qualified for state. The squad posted a first-place finish at last weekend’s sectionals, with a time of 4:07.976.

    Although the team is returning to state, the parts won’t be the same as last year. Paige Dodson, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin are all back. Missing is Kristen Stunkel. In her place will be Tori Hagy.

  • Vandals upset Shelbyville in regional play

    In the opening round of the baseball regional on Monday Vandalia pulled off a shocking upset of Shelbyville.

    “I just really proud of the boys the way they came out from the first pitch today and went from the first inning to the seventh inning,” head coach Luke Hohlt said. “That’s how you’ve got to play this game.”

    The Vandals pitching and hitting was both on point in the 16-5 win over the Rams. Freshman pitcher Ian Murrell earned the win.

  • VJHS thinclads heading to state

    Four days after winning their second consecutive conference championship, the Vandalia Junior High School boys track team advanced to state by winning a sectional championship.

    The VJHS squad won the 13-team Springfield sectional on Saturday with 80 points, three more than Chatham.

    Those qualifying for the state tournament included sectional champions Blake Swofford and Ryan Ambuel. Swofford won the long jump title at 18 feet, 11 inches, and Ambuel won the 110-hurdles with a time of 16.4 seconds.

  • City incentives for project detailed

    MOTOWN TECHNOLOGY & SPORTS FACILITY, INC OVERVIEW OF DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL, AGREEMENT AND INCENTIVES

    1. Developer: The Developer is Motown Technology & Sports Facility, Inc. a Michigan corporation, whose chairman and chief executive officer is Kenneth W. Bardwell.

  • Louis Schutz home grew a second story

    The two photographs pictured with this story absolutely captivated me from the first moment I saw them. Why? Both pictures are of the same house.

    Home and business of tailor, Louis Schutz, and his seamstress sister, Anna, the address was 215 S. Fourth St., across the street from Gloria’s Christian Supply.

    The one-story structure is very old, probably older than Louie Schutz, who was born 1877 in Vandalia. This photo dates to the early 1900s.

  • Downtown project to hit high gear

    If you've driven in downtown Vandalia recently, you know that the enhancement project there is clearly under way.

    For now, the work is confined primarily to upgrading the city's storm sewer system on Fifth and Sixth streets. Though not as visible as later portions of the project will be, fixing the storm sewers is vitally important in making the downtown area attractive for current and future businesses. We must fix that system if we're to end the basement flooding and other problems that have plagued the antiquated existing sewer system.

  • President project up in the air in St. Elmo

    Even though the St. Elmo City Council voted to continue its support for The President riverboat project, the boat’s future in that community is still up in the air.

    The council voted 4-2 to reinforce to developer David Campbell of Effingham the city’s support for the project at the conclusion of a two-hour special meeting.

    However, council members learned four days later, by mail, that new Mayor Larry Tish had vetoed that vote.

  • State will consider housing retired horses at Vandalia Correctional Center

    Action that would allow the Vandalia Correctional Center to host a Thoroughbred horse groomer program is going through the legislative process in the state capital.

    But an Illinois Department of Corrections source said discussions on such a program are only in the infancy stage.

    An Illinois House of Representatives committee last Wednesday unanimously passed a House resolution presented by state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland).

  • When one approaches the American Legion Home in Ramsey, the first impression is one of reverence and appreciation of the serene setting for the memorial walls and benches dedicated to the area’s veterans.

    As you enter the building on any given weekday at the noon hour, you may again be impressed, this time by the small group of senior citizens who gather for a nutritious noon meal, conversation and companionship. This is the highlight of the day for some, and a time of enjoyment for all.