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Today's News

  • Lebanon business owner picked to succeed Watson

    The nine member 51st Senate District Legislative Committee selected St. Clair County Board member Kyle McCarter on Saturday to succeed Frank Watson as State Senator, after a day long interview process involving 11 candidates.

    “I’m excited by this choice,” said Jerry Stocks, Chairman of the Legislative Committee and Macon County GOP Party Chairman. “We have a fine state senator.”

  • Lincoln program draws about 350 people

    Kevin Kaegy guessed that the crowd in the House of Representatives chambers at the Vandalia Statehouse on Thursday evening was the largest since Abraham Lincoln worked in that room.

    Kaegy was the keynote speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Statehouse, which attracted about 350 people.

    Thursday was the first time since the end of November that the public was allowed to enter the Statehouse. That’s when all state historic sites and state parks were closed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich as a way of cutting state expenses.

  • Family Y rec center meetings are Monday night

    The Family Y of Fayette County plans to build a community recreation center in Vandalia – and they’d like to tell you more about it.

    To accomplish that, two public meetings will be held next Monday, Feb. 23, in the Little Theater of Vandalia Elementary School – one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

    “The purpose of these meetings,” said Family Y Executive Director John Ashdown, “is to let the public know what our plans are.

  • Lady Vandals survive and advance

    "Survive and advance" is a slogan many teams adopt during the postseason.

    It's a mantra that took on literal meaning for the Vandalia girls basketball team Tuesday night in the first semifinal game of the Olney-East Richland Sectional.

  • Five Vandal Wrestlers Advance to State

     Five Vandal wrestlers proved that experience isn't everything last weekend at the Vandalia Individual Sectional.

    As a result, they will enjoy the experience of a lifetime this weekend at the Class 1A Individual State Tournament.

  • Burris not worthy to represent us

    Illinois continues to have a place in the national spotlight … for all of the wrong reasons.

    When U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin first spoke out on the search for Barack Obama’s successor in the U.S. Senate, he said that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should not be allowed to make the appointment. Anyone appointed by Blagojevich, Durbin said, would be “tainted.”

    Durbin eventually relented, supporting Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris, and oh, what a fortune-teller Durbin has turned out to be.

  • Statehouse's value seen Thursday

    Do you doubt whether a lot of people are excited about the reopening of the Vandalia Statehouse? If you would have seen the crowd last Thursday night at the Statehouse, you wouldn’t have such doubts.

    More than 300 people turned out for the program held to celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln at the state’s oldest existing capitol.

    It’s not unusual for many people to walk through the Statehouse for events such as the Christmas Open House. But it’s been a long, long time since there have been so many people in that building at one time.

  • Vandals hold off Roxana

     In many ways, Tuesday's home contest against Roxana was one the Vandalia boys basketball team would just as soon forget.

    But thanks to another outstanding performance at the free-throw line, the final outcome didn't end up being one the Vandals will regret when they look back on the 2008-09 season.

  • This past Thursday afternoon, a nice crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vandalia’s new National Road Interpretive Center downtown.

    John Goldsmith, president of the organization, along with Jerry Swarm and Mayor Rick Gottman, each gave a brief speech. Jerry received special thanks for the long hours he spent working on the center, and he spoke volumes when he said, “I had a lot of help.”

    This is what the National Road Association of Illinois has exemplified since its inception in 1997. People working together for a common interest.

  • Downtown work will start soon

    The reopening of the Vandalia Statehouse seems imminent – all that’s needed is one signature.

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that the only thing delaying the reopening of the Statehouse is Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature.

    Gottman said the state’s Central Management Services has OK’d the hiring of a laid-off state employee to assist Site Superintendent Mary Cole.