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Today's News

  • Vandals roll to first win of year

     After getting outscored 25-2 in its first two games of the 2009 season, the Vandalia baseball team enjoyed being on the left side of a lopsided final score Friday in an 11-1 win over visiting Ramsey.

    And the key to the Vandals' first victory of the season being an easy one was their ability to take advantage of opportunities - along with the Rams' inability to do so.

  • Cast an informed vote on Tuesday

    You’ve read the ads. You’ve heard the rhetoric. You’ve formed your opinions.

    Now, it’s time to prepare to vote.

  • Military records show Jarrett's local ties

    Since I’ve put Dale Reeves, a local Civil War aficionado, in the spotlight with the photo of Civil War soldier, Pvt. John Strobel, I think I’ll leave him there a little longer.

    On the same day Dale shared the Strobel photograph with me, he gave me a photo of a man by the name of Jarrett, who had enlisted on Aug. 5, 1861, at Kinmundy, Marion County. Dale said that this man was not a Fayette County soldier.

  • McNary Hired As New VCHS Girls Basketball Coach

     A familiar face will be taking over the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball program.

    A little more than three weeks after longtime Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler announced his retirement, VCHS Hall of Famer Michelle (Kaiser) McNary was hired as the sixth coach in VCHS girls basketball history at Tuesday's Vandalia School Board Meeting.

    She will also take over the open physical education teacher position at the school.

  • Common sense best in parking

    As the city begins the process of spending millions of dollars to repair streets, upgrade utilities and beautify the appearance of downtown Vandalia, it’s also time to consider carefully the city’s policies governing parking in the central business district.

    Currently, the city limits parking to two hours – day and night – on Gallatin Street. Several side streets off of Gallatin Street have two-hour parking between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with no restrictions on overnight parking.

  • Charcoal drawing confirms soldier's identity

    From time to time, my friend, Dale Reeves, a Civil War aficionado, stops by to visit and share history.

    Not long ago, I handed him a photograph of Vandalia’s Civil War hero, Col. Lucien Greathouse, in full military dress, one that has been published in this newspaper on several occasions.

  • Painting the town red...

    The effort to make below-ground improvements in downtown Vandalia has begun. In the near future, improvements to the streetscape on Gallatin Street will get under way.

    And as those improvements are made using city, state and federal funds, Vandalia Main Street volunteers will begin adding their own enhancements to the downtown business district.

    Main Street’s design committee plans to kick off its “Paint the Town” program sometime in April by painting the exteriors of three downtown businesses.

  • Vandalia suing HMG over I-70 interchange boring

    The city of Vandalia is suing its consulting engineers in an attempt to recoup funds it paid for a boring at the western Interstate 70 interchange.

    In a two-count suit filed earlier this month, the city is seeking a judgment of $361,370.18 from HMG Engineers of Carlyle. That total includes legal fees and services provided by another engineering firm.

    The amount being sought equals the amount that the city has spent to date on the extension of water and sewer lines to the northwest quadrant of the western interchange.

  • Shobonier pleads guilty to federal meth charge

    A Shobonier man pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine charge in federal court last Friday.

    Larry G. Tinker, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to A. Courtney Cox, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,

  • Mueller shares road, personal histories

    Visitors to the new National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia may find themselves being guided through the center by lifetime Vandalia resident Joyce Mueller.

    Mueller not only gives the documented history of the displays of interest, but she also can share personal memories of Vandalia, which makes the tour all the more interesting and brings old photographs of Gallatin Street to life.