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Today's News

  • Thursday at 4:40 p.m.-Motown asks for more time to secure funding

    The Michigan-based firm that plans to build $300-million sports and entertainment complex on Vandalia’s west side has asked the city for time to secure funding for the project.

    Under a contract approved in May, Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc., had until Thursday to provide city officials with proof that they had secured funding for the project.

  • Fayette County Hospital making cuts

    In response to declining revenues, rising expenses and lagging reimbursements, the chief executive officer of Fayette County Hospital on Monday announced an extensive slate of cost-cutting measures designed to save the hospital $500,000 over the next three months.

    Greg Starnes said that all of the hospital’s 320 employees would share in the cuts, which will go into effect Oct. 1.

  • Family YMCA moving forward on plans for new facility

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County this week announced that it will move forward with plans to construct a $1.2-million building in Vandalia.

    The 14,560-square-foot building will include a full-size gymnasium, a weightlifting and cardio area, a walking track, a multi-purpose room and locker rooms. It will be located on a 4-acre tract of land behind Miller Field, across Rock Island Avenue east of the Vandalia campus of Kaskaskia College.

  • Taylor family known for construction

    Leroy “Bud” Taylor has been a “builder” most of his life. The Taylor name has long been synonymous with integrity, honesty and dependability in the business of construction, whether it be a church, houses, businesses or various other jobs handled by Taylor Construction.

    “Bud” shares his story, which also proves to be a tribute to his late father, Forrest Taylor, another well-known and respected name in Fayette County.

    Meet Bud and Mary Ann Taylor as they welcome us into their lovely Vandalia home.

    Bud’s Early Memories

  • Big third quarter keeps Vandals in the game, fourth quarter turnovers keep them from winning

    As the Vandalia High School football team rode into Litchfield on Friday afternoon, the Vandals were greeted with sign along the streets and in front lawns reading “Go Panthers” and “Beat the Vandals.” Once inside Litchfield’s stadium, the crowd was just as enthusiastic. The stands were packed and fans lined the outside of the fence, standing on cars to watch the game. The Panthers were celebrating homecoming on Friday, and the Vandals gave Litchfield a scare on one of its biggest home games of the year.

  • Ramsey ends season with win over St. Elmo

    Entering Monday afternoon's game, Ramsey's record sat at 7-7. A win would give them a winning record for the fall, following a shortened spring season, while a loss would give them a losing season.

    Russell Snow was on the mound for the Rams trying to pick up perhaps the most important game of their season.

    In the other dugout was St. Elmo, which has struggled all fall at just 3-13. Although the Eagles have flashes of greatness, it has not been enough to carry them all season.

  • BREAKING NEWS-Monday at 10:45 a.m.-Judge sides with AFSCME

    A Johnson County judge ruled on Monday that Gov. Pat Quinn's plans to layoff about 1,000 Illinois prison workers – including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center – at the end of this month should be postponed.

    According to www.stltoday.com, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Judge Todd Lambert granted the request of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for a preliminary injunction, and ruled that the Union which represents the majority of state workers should seek arbitration on the layoffs issue.

  • Friday-10:45 a.m. McCarter visits VCC; calls layoffs 'short-sighted,' 'dangerous'

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) on Friday characterized as "short-sighted" and "dangerous" the decision by the Quinn administration and the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) to release 1,000 convicted felons early and cut front line prison staff at the Vandalia and Decatur correctional centers.

  • Judge to rule on AFSCME suit on Monday

    After hearing a full day of testimony, a Southern Illinois judge said he issue a ruling on Monday on a lawsuit filed by the union that represents the majority of Vandalia Correctional Center employees.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman was among those in the courtroom as arguments were made on the request for a preliminary injunction filed by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees-Council 31.

    The union has filed the suit to try to prevent the state from laying off more than 500 of its members, including 127 who work at VCC.

  • Lincoln Harley at Statehouse through Saturday

    The “Circuit Rider,” a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle designed and built in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, will arrive at Vandalia Statehouse on Sept. 22 and may be viewed free of charge until Sept. 26.

    The “Circuit Rider” features one-of-a-kind, custom copper plated wheels with Lincoln penny designs and matching copper plating on numerous small metal parts. The gas tank, rear fender and battery covers feature airbrushed Lincoln portraits and depictions of Lincoln sites.