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Today's News

  • Whole lotta shakin' going on in quake area

    "I feel the earth move under my feet; I feel the sky tumbling down. I feel my heart start to trembling; whenever you're around."

    When Carole King wrote those lyrics in 1971, she was musing about the physical impact of a lover's presence.

    The same could be said for the effect of an early-morning earthquake that struck the area at 4:37 a.m. last Friday.

    Some people snoozed right through the 5.2-magnitude quake. Not us.

  • Surveyor report: 'Grond shook, springs roiled'

    Were you shaken from your bed in the early hours of this past Friday morning? Not me I slept right through it, although the 20-second shaking roused my husband, son and the family dog.

    Not feeling up to par, I took a nap in the morning, and missed the second tremor, too!

    The St. Louis television stations reported on the event, and I noticed that the stylus on the Richter machine recorded 5.2 right off the bat there were no small tremors in the seconds leading up to the quake.

  • Vandalia will revise ordinance on modular, manufactured homes

    The city of Vandalia has decided to revise its ordinance governing the placement of manufactured homes after hearing from a family that lost its home to a fire in January.

    The Jeremy Beck family has been told by the city that it cannot, under the current ordinance, replace its burned out home with a manufactured home at the northeast corner of Sixth and Garfield streets.

  • VCC farm bid deadline is Friday

    The Illinois Department of Corrections should know by the end of this week who will be working the farmground at Vandalia Correctional Center. For the first time in the history of VCC, it wont be inmates and state workers.

    Over the objections of state legislators, including state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), IDOC has decided to lease the farmground at VCC and cease the dairy operations at the local prison.

  • Goggin will run as an independent candidate

    A Greenville attorney who wants to serve as Fayette Countys states attorney will appear on Novembers general election ballot as an independent candidate.

    Dan Goggin announced his decision to run as an independent on Tuesday, a week after a local electoral board ruled that he could not appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate.

    In announcing its decision, the electoral board ruled that nomination papers filed on Goggins behalf by the Fayette County Republican Central Committee contained technical errors.

  • Second Chance shows off its new rescue shelter & boarding kennel

    After rescuing three Dobermans from euthanasia, Lynn Brown wondered whether she could work with others to provide the same type of service in Fayette County. Four years later, Brown and other volunteers with Second Chance Animal Rescue are celebrating another achievement in doing just that.

    Second Chance, which was started by Brown in 2004, invited the public to view its new rescue shelter and boarding kennel on Saturday.

  • Elliott will leave council this summer

    Vandalia Alderwoman Barbie Elliott announced at Monday's meeting of the Vandalia City Council that she will be resigning from her council seat this summer.

    Elliott, who represents city residents living in Ward II, told city officials that she plans to serve on the council through July.

  • Goggin will run as independent candidate

    Greenville attorney Dan Goggin announced that he will run as an independent candidate in the state's attorney's race in Fayette County this fall.

    Goggin announced early Tuesday morning that he would run as an independent instead of challenging a ruling made by a county electoral board.

  • Area residents feel earthquake

    Though no damage has been reported in the area, most Fayette County residents reported feeling an earthquake that shook parts of several states.

    The epicenter of that quake was near Mt. Carmel, which is about 125 miles southeast of Vandalia.

    Many news outlets were reporting that the quake, which occurred at 4:36 a.m., measured 5.4 on the Richter Scale, but the U.S. Geological Survey reported it as being a 5.2 quake as of 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

  • GED Classes to be Offered at Crisp Center

    Kaskaskia College will offer two free G.E.D. (General Education Development) Review classes at the Crisp Center located at Rt. 161 and Airport Road in Centralia beginning in April and May.

    A session will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning April 28. Another session will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning May 6.