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Today's News

  • Butler takes over as VCHS AD

    It's a job that can be obscure at best, or thankless at worst.

    Mike Butler understands that.

    "It's the kind of job that nobody realizes what you do until something goes wrong," said VCHS's longtime girls basketball coach of being an athletic director.

    Butler speaks from experience, as he was the AD at Hardin Calhoun High School in western Illinois for four years prior to coming to Vandalia 22 years ago.

  • Vandals hit the ground running in first full week of two-a-days

    The Vandalia football team's M.O. has been a lot like the weather during the first full week of two-a-day preseason practices - much cooler than it was a year ago today.

    "They're real loose," said Vandals coach John Stout of this year's group. "The seniors we had last year were an emotional group. These guys are more business-like. They're not a rah-rah group."

    But that doesn't mean that the Vandals are taking the success of back-to-back playoff appearances for granted.

  • Party-lines votes not always the best

    It's not been unusual for the Fayette County Board to have tie votes on various matters, such as appointments, with board members voting along party lines. The current board chairman, Steve Knebel, said he would like to see that pattern change.

    Prior to the boards appointment of Mary Sue Ruot as the circuit clerk through the end of November, Knebel noted that he was going against the recommendation of numerous fellow Republicans in recommending Ruot.

    I know how its been done in the past. I know a lot of things have gone politically. I dont agree with that, Knebel said.

  • Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a hopeless addict. I get like this every four years.

    Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a hopeless addict. I get like this every four years.

    I mean, I can't make it even a couple hours without a fix.

    Maybe I need a support group where I could stand up and say: "My name is Dave, and I'm an Olympic junkie."

    In most sporting events, I've gotten sufficiently cynical that I can hit the remote after a quick progress check. I have too many things on my "to do" list to just sit in front of the tube for hours.

  • Landes stood guard over Lincoln's assassin

    Henry Landes (Lan-dus) of Pennsylvania, who mustered into the U.S. Marines during the Civil War, kept a diary.

    This diary became an important piece of evidence when stories surfaced of a man living in Tyler, Texas, named John St. Helen, who claimed to be John Wilkes Booth.

    St. Helen/Booth said he had escaped from the surrounded barn in Bowling Green, Va., and wasnt dead after all.

  • Council OKs documents for new elderly housing development

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday two documents related to a planned housing development geared toward elder residents of the community.

    The council OK’d a preliminary site plan and a preliminary plat for Glen Haven Subdivision, which is being developed by Kevin and Jessica Satterthwaite off of Locust Street, south of Fillmore Street.

  • New pact for Vandalia teachers OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday ratified a three-year contract with the Vandalia Unit Teachers’ Association that gives teachers an annual pay increase of 3 percent.

    The agreement comes after a salary freeze last year and a 1.5-percent increase the previous year. It brings the base salary to $34,722, including the teacher retirement allocation (or $31,458 without teacher retirement).

  • Council OKs downtown project

    With the future loss of more than 100 jobs due to Orgills decision to build a new distribution center in Missouri, Vandalia has to reassess its priorities, Mayor Rick Gottman said at a meeting on Tuesday night.

    But, he said, while the city has to refocus its efforts on getting more jobs, it cannot put off a plan to revitalize the downtown business district.

    At the conclusion of that Tuesday meeting, the Vandalia City Council decided to move ahead with the project that includes significant improvements along Gallatin Street between Third and Seventh streets.

  • Goggin leaning toward write-in candidacy

    For the second time in five months, a Fayette County electoral board has ruled that Greenville attorney Dan Goggin cannot appear on the November ballot as a Republican candidate for state’s attorney.

    But Goggin, whose plan to challenge Democrat incumbent Stephen Friedel has included a short-lived plan to run as incumbent, said he still wants to run for state’s attorney – as a write-in candidate.

  • UPDATE- 10 a.m. Tuesday-Electoral Board grants Friedel objection; Goggin leaning toward write-in candidacy

    At the conclusion of a Monday hearing, a Fayette County Electoral Board ruled for a second time that Greenville attorney Dan Goggin cannot appear on the November ballot as a Republican candidate for state's attorney.

    In seeking to earn a spot on the ballot as the GOP candidate, Goggin argued that an electoral board illegally met in closed session to deliberate and that there was no open vote on the board's ruling.