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Today's News

  • Sen. McCarter to speak to Chamber

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Quinn must take time to listen

    Though his behavior since taking office in January doesn’t raise our expectations much, Gov. Pat Quinn has promised to talk with Vandalia officials this Saturday at the DuQuoin State Fair.

    We hope it doesn’t trouble the governor unduly to have a conversation with Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and other locals who would like an audience with him.

    Since Quinn early this month announced his plan to slash about 125 positions at the Vandalia Correctional Center, lot of us in this area would like to bend his ear. But no go. He’s been unavailable.

  • Many ties between Vandalia, Mt. Pulaski

    For the Dec. 4, 2008, issue of this newspaper, my story for this column was about Arnold "Mike" Koehler of Mt. Pulaski.

    In the story, I told of attending the annual Torbeck family reunion and seeing Mike there. I looked around the room for his wife, Berniece, only to discover that she had died five months earlier. Berniece was a first cousin to my dad, Ed Torbeck.

  • Former resident gets eight years for child pornography

    A former Vandalia man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to possessing child pornography has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

    The eight-year sentence handed down for Dustin K. Haupt, 31, of Carlyle, will run concurrently with a three-year sentence for aggravated battery.

    The two sentences issued earlier this month by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm a little more than three months after Haupt pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Despite some unforeseen delays, Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project continues to progress at a good pace.

    Terry Fields, site superintendent for Hank’s Excavating of Belleville, the general contractor on the project, said the project that includes infrastructure and streetscape improvements is still ahead of schedule.

    “Everything is going along fine. We’ve had a couple of issues that we didn’t anticipate, such as the bricks for the sidewalks, but we’re still doing pretty good on the schedule,” Fields said.

  • Faulkner overcomes battles to build his family's dream house

    Approximately nine years ago, the Rev. Raymond P. Faulkner decided to build a house … not a run-of-the-mill house, one designed and drawn on blueprints by a professional. Nor did he want it built by professionals.

    He wanted to build the dream house of wife Mollie and daughter Priscilla, with the emphasis on “home,” not “house,” a “home that love built.”

    A minister, not a professional carpenter, he set about to accomplish the self-appointed task.

  • Vandals swept in opening meet

    Kevin Schroeder, Vandalia High School's tennis coach, said prior to the season that the first few weeks were going to be rough for the Vandals. Just one match into the season and Schroeder’s prediction is already correct.

    Monday afternoon the Vandals hosted Roxana to open the season. Roxana was no match for the young Vandalia team. Roxana swept them, 9-0.

    Vandalia’s No. 2 plater, Sarah Hutchison, had the closest match, as she was edged out 10-6. Britney Moulton, the No. 6, also went down 10-6.

  • Preview: Vandalia opens season Friday against Oilers

    Going into the first week of any season, every team has questions, whether it has returned every starter from the year before or hasn’t returned any. Every team has doubts heading into their first game and no team has any guarantees.This Friday, the Vandals will get answers to a lot of the questions that have been swarming around in their minds the past few weeks.

    Vandalia will be traveling to play EA-Wood River on Friday. The Oilers are coming off a 2-7 season. Their only two wins came against Pana, whhich finished the season 0-9, and Gillespie, which was 3-6 overall.

  • Cougars power past Clay City and Woodlawn

    South Central is off to a hot start, Tuesday night, the Cougars picked up a 12-2 win over Clay City, in five innings.

    Ryan Gesell got his first win of the season, going five strong innings, striking out 12. Although he sat down a dozen, he had trouble at times with finding the strike zone and walked seven.

    Ian King was 3-for-3 on the night, driving in three runs and scoring three times himself.

    Shane Donoho reached base three times, twice via walk and on a run scoring triple.

    Dylan Sill was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.

  • FOIA rewrite aids openness in state

    Monday was a good day for openness in Illinois government.

    Though our state is widely known for its corruption and pay-for-play politics, Monday’s action is a welcome movement toward transparency and accountability in state government.