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Today's News

  • Traffic study for Motown project OK'd

    If it comes to fruition, the $300-million sports and entertainment complex planned for Vandalia’s west side will obviously create much more traffic in that part of town.

    One of the first steps in that project is taking a close look at the impact of such a complex on traffic in the area of the western Interstate 70 interchange.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Crawford, Bunte and Brammeier, a traffic and transportation engineering firm, to perform such a study.

  • Inmate's escape is short-lived

    One day after being sentenced to jail, a Vandalia man escaped while working with a Fayette County Sheriff’s office work crew.

    But TJ R. Chumley’s escape was short-lived.

    Chumley was among a group of jail inmates mowing at the Fayette County Health Department last Wednesday morning when he fled. He was captured eight minutes later, still wearing his orange jail jumpsuit.

  • School board handles personnel and policy issues

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday held an abbreviated afternoon meeting that included the approval of a handful of personnel and policy issues.

    Also, new board member Connie Goldsmith was sworn in. She was named to the position earlier this month to fill the remaining two years of the position vacated by Tammy Woolsey.

    New teachers approved by the board were: Bethany Nave, pre-kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Primary School; Robyn DeMoulin, second-grade teacher at Vandalia Elementary School; and Annette McClintock, fourth-grade teacher at VES.

  • Tanner Bushue: Signed, Sealed and Delivered

    South Central pitcher Tanner Bushue wasted no time signing with the Houston Astros, on Sunday at his home in Kinmundy.

    The right-handed pitcher for the South Central High School Cougars was drafted 69th overall by the Astros in the second round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft on June 9.

  • Passing the torch

    In 1964, Ron Etcheson was an eighth grader at Vandalia Junior High School. On April 24 of that year, he set the record for the 220-yard dash with a time of 24.6 seconds. In the days after his record-breaking run, Jim Staff, who at the time was the regional superintendent of schools, came and congratulated Etcheson on his accomplishment. The moment stuck in Etcheson mind for years to come.

    “Just as a courtesy, he came and congratulated me,” Etcheson said. “I remembered that and thought it was neat.”

  • Freight takes fourth in Kelso Klassic

    To open its final season The Guaranteed Air Freight softball team went on the road to Kelso, Mo. to compete in the Kelso Klassic. As the reigning champs, the team was looking retain its crown.

    The long layoff between last summer and this past weekend seamed to have some affect on their hitting, but their pitching was top notch.

    Brad Sturdy was just that, sturdy, as he went seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight. He held Lee’s Sports, of Pinckneyville, scoreless.

  • Wal-Mart pulls request for liquor license

    Wal-Mart officials notified the city of Vandalia that is not interested in a liquor license at this time.

    In a letter sent to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman on Friday by e-mail and FedEx, Harlan C. Powell of Webster and Powell, a Chicago law firm representing Wal-Mart, said, "It has come to our attention that while our customers overwhelmingly support the inclusion of packaged liquor goods among the many products offered by Wal-Mart, there may not be sufficient public support at this time to facilitate the approval of Wal-Mart's request.

  • Budget pact key to KC progress

    The educational crown jewel of Vandalia – the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus building – stands as a testament to our community’s commitment to education.

    It’s a beautiful structure that combines functionality with an architectural theme that’s a throwback to the lines contained in the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Many county soldiers took part in D-Day

    Nearly 3 million men were involved in the Normandy invasion June 6, 1944. Later known as D-Day, the simultaneous landings on beachheads code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword by United States, British and Canadian forces was considered the single-most decisive event in the 20th century.

    Planning the invasion took more than a year, with 5,000 large ships, 4,000 small landing craft and more than 11,000 aircraft involved. It was actually scheduled for June 5, but bad weather delayed the offensive.

  • KC Phase II in state capital bill

    All that’s needed for the construction of the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus is one signature.

    That one signature will also help to bring the four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 closer to Vandalia.

    But that one signature may be a little hard to get.

    The Illinois General Assembly has approved a new capital construction bill, and it now sits on the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn.