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Today's News

  • Fireworks are Saturday

    Vandalia's fireworks display over Vandalia Lake is on Saturday.

    The fireworks are sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, with support from local businesses and organizations.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Tuesday, July 1

    eoe" The Vandalia Rotary Club will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" The caregiver resource meeting for Fayette County will be held from 3:30-4:30- p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The group is open to all individuals needing informational or emotional support as a caregiver. A caregiver adviser will be available, by appointment only, for individual consultations from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. to make an appointment, call Darcy Markwell at 1-888-560-8805, ext.1062.

    Wednesday, July 2

  • Band's fundraiser cookout is Thursday

    A barbecue to raise funds for the Vandalia Community High School marching band will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mattes Ave. The proceeds will be used to pay the band's expenses related to its performance in the Outback Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Day 2009.

  • Pull out all the stops to attract, keep industries

    Vandalia's latest attempt to both keep the jobs it has and create more jobs is a clear reminder of the current status of economic development.

    Fortunately, city officials have garnered the help of state legislators in their attempt to present an incentive package that is attractive enough to maintain Orgill's presence in our community.

  • Flood challenges us to enjoy life's detours

    A week and a half ago, I ventured into the Everglades-like country that – at most times of the year – is the fertile farmland of central Iowa.

    Never, ever, have I seen it like that. Not in all of my growing-up years there have I seen flooding like they experienced in the southeastern part of the state.

    Of course, my first thoughts were for the poor people whose lives have been turned upside down by the flooding. The damage they face is truly devastating, and the cleanup effort will take months – years in some cases.

  • County native was pioneer in aviation

    Many years ago, I became custodian of an old handkerchief box containing obituaries and family information about the Charles and Gertrude Clark St. Pierre family. It had been kept by Miss Genevieve Capps, and passed on by Mary Joyce Capps.

    I had heard of the St. Pierre family the St. Pierre corner south of Bayle City being notorious as a dangerous intersection. The family came to this area before the Civil War. Edmond St. Pierre was born in Canada, and his wife, Catharine LaGarce, was born in Versailles, France.

  • CSX will fix Remann crossing

    After hearing numerous complaints from local residents, CSX Railroad plans to rehabilitate the Remann Street crossing.

    However, the crossing will not be improved to the level desired by city officials, and CSX apparently doesnt plan to make improvements to other crossings in town.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at a city council committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon that a company official told him that CSX will close the Remann Street crossing for two-three months to repair the crossing.

  • Huber leads Post 95 to split with T-Town

    Hillsboro import Kyle Huber tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking just one, leading the Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team to 6-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Teutopolis.

    Huber's teammates gave him all the support he'd need in the opening frame, as Luke Murfin continued his hot hitting with a two-run double and Trevor Summers had an RBI single.

    Adam Hosick added a two-run single in the fifth.

  • VCHS Athletics HOF nominations due July 31

    Nominations for this year's class of the Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame are due by July 31. Forms should be sent to Brian Kern, VCHS Athletic Director, 1109 N. 8th St., Vandalia, IL, 62471. Forms are available at the high school office and may also be dropped off there.

    In order to be nominated, the following qualifications must be met:

    The candidate must be a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, a distinguished varsity team, a former coach or a supportive fan.

  • Booher is L-U's Baseball Player of the Year

    St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue couldn't help but laugh.

    Sitting at his desk in the coach's office at St. Elmo High School recently, Beccue listened with amusement as Colton Booher reflected on his final spring season and the "slump" that had him stressing early on.

    "I knew I'd come around and hit eventually," Booher said. "But it was just a crappy way to start."

    To hear Booher talk, you'd think he started the season 0 for 20. But Beccue quickly interjected and put things in proper perspective.