Today's News

  • City hires firm to look at river intake

    The city of Vandalia is turning to another engineering firm in yet another attempt to get its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River fully operational.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Gonzalez Companies to study the intake, which has been used very little since its installation in May 2005.

    Through that agreement, the engineering firm will complete within 70 days a study on the river intake. The city will pay the firm a maximum of $22,500 for its work.

  • Pete Sutherland tells family stories in new book

    Peter “Pete” Sutherland Jr. had stories within a story to tell about his family, and he has told those stories in his recently published book, “The Five Sutherland Boys – A Family Saga.”

    The “five boys” are Pete’s father, the late Peter Sutherland Sr. and his four uncles, Willie, Johnny, Louis “Fat” and Luther.

    The book features the exploits of Louis, who was nicknamed “Fat” as a boy. Though the nickname did not describe his physical appearance, it was moniker that stuck to him until death.

  • Sr. Legion gets No. 2 seed in tourney

    Despite an overall record of 8-18, the Senior Legion team has secured a No. 2 seed in the district tournament, which starts this weekend. Of Post 95’s eight wins, five of them came against district opponents. Monday night, Vandalia will play T-Town in Effingham at 8 p.m.

    Vandalia 7 – Toledo 5

    Post 95 had to come from behind to win Tuesday night against Toledo.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Remember why we celebrate

    On Saturday, we will celebrate the birth of our nation.

    This year marks the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As usual, it will be observed across our nation with celebrations and fireworks displays.

    In Vandalia, the festivities take place on Saturday night, when the Vandalia Lions Club once again will sponsor the fireworks display at Vandalia Lake. Check our calendar on page 2 for other events in the area.

  • Picture of St. Paul house completes collection

    As a result of revisiting the history of St. Paul’s two village merchants, John Boye and my great-grandfather, Jacob Yund, in my April 30 column, I received a packet in the mail from Roger O’Dell of St. Peter.

    Included with newspaper clippings he had saved over the years, mementos from St. Paul Church and assorted information, Mr. O’Dell included a photograph of the Boye house in St. Paul. This was a photo I had never seen before, although I remember the bright red brick structure from my visits to this Wilberton Township village.

  • Vandalia ready to distribute Looking for Lincoln rubbing kits

    From the time that the state established the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, Vandalia has always been in the forefront of completing projects designed to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois.

    Shortly after the state announced the startup of the coalition, which is made up of communities with Lincoln history, Mayor Rick Gottman formed a local Looking for Lincoln Committee, choosing Bill Donaldson to lead that group.

  • Legion honors Kim Shanks for murals in veterans' museum

    The stately building standing at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia is actually an old mansion built around 1864 and has served as the home of American Legion 95 in Vandalia for many years.

    A veterans’ museum was started within its walls in 2004, in which many artifacts – items, photographs…and memories – are displayed for the public to view

  • Committee backs TIF funds for Depot project

    A local family hoping to bring back a popular downtown Vandalia restaurant and bar took another step toward that goal on Tuesday.

    John Truitt Jr. of Shobonier heads a family group that wants to purchase The Depot property and rebuild the business that was gutted by fire close to two years ago.

    On Tuesday, Truitt received the backing of city officials and members of the city’s Tax Increment Financing in his attempt to use TIF monies for The Depot project.

  • Freight takes third at Altamont tournament

    Last weekend, Guaranteed Air Freight played seven games over the course of three days, in finishing third at the 2009 Altamont Fourth of July Tournament.

    The Freight played four games on Saturday alone, as they battled back through the loser’s bracket after suffering a 3-2 loss to Franny's in its first game on Saturday. The Freight would win four straight games before losing in the semifinals to Home Center, 7-6, on a close play at the plate.