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Today's News

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 6

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    eoe" The annual Pilcher Cemetery meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Otego Township building. The public is invited.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Sunday, March 9

  • Time Change is Sunday

    Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday. Remember to turn your clocks UP one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 28

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Saturday, March 1

  • Dave Scott to be inducted into ASA Hall of Fame

    Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight ace Alan Meinhart does not mince words when discussing a man he loved playing with as much as he hated pitching against.

    "For years, I regarded Dave Scott as one of the most challenging and worthy opposing hitters that I had a chance to pitch against," Meinhart said. "Simply put, he was regarded by most as the best leadoff hitter in the state for over a decade."

    The American Softball Association recognized this commonly held belief recently by announcing Scott will be inducted into its hall of fame next month.

  • Wilmington too tough for Vandals at state

    Adam Bowling's teammates certainly felt he had scored himself a takedown.

    So did the throng of red- and white-clad supporters sitting behind the Vandalia wrestling team's bench Saturday at Moline's Wharton Fieldhouse.

    To such a degree, that both parties - almost in unison - extended two fingers to the air in anticipation of a pair of points that would have kicked off Vandalia's 11th Elite Eight appearance with a momentum-seizing victory.

    Problem is, neither of the referees officiating the match did the same. And their opinions were the only ones that mattered.

  • Security measures are necessary

    As a nation, we've been horrified by the acts of violence that have made the headlines recently. Campus massacres. Violence in our streets and homes. Shootings at public meetings.

    Such violence undermines our sense of security and exposes our vulnerability. For those of us in small communities, those acts are ones from which we assumed we were insulated.

    But were not. As the recent incidents show, disturbed individuals can strike anywhere.

  • What are you going to do with your Leap Day?

    Every fall, we're faced with the question of what to do with an extra hour on the day when we "fall back" at the end of Daylight Savings Time.

    Every four years, however, we have an entire extra day. This Friday, Feb. 29 is one of those days.

    As youll recall from the old Thirty days has September ditty that you learned in grade school, February normally has 28 except in leap years, when we get a bonus day. Absolutely free. No extra charge.

    But what do you do with it?

    And, for that matter, where does it come from?

  • Enloe's ledger records early Bond history

    A couple of weeks ago, I received a telephone call from John Coleman, president of the Bond County Historical Society. His organization had been given an old ledger book, with the title, "Account Book A – Asahel Enloe."

    Members of the society thought it to be one of the old books discarded 50 years ago by the Bond County Clerks office. John asked if I would like to see the book.

  • Statehouse schedule changed

    At least in recent times, Tuesday has been a day when a number of school or tour groups wanted to visit the Vandalia Statehouse. Unfortunately, Tuesday is one of two days that the Statehouse has been closed.

    That will change this Saturday, when a new schedule for the Statehouse goes into effect.

    Jennifer Tirey, acting director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Statehouse, announced on Monday that the old state capitol will now be open Tuesday through Saturday.

    Under the old schedule, the Statehouse was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Watson continues to fight proposed VCC cuts

    The Illinois Department of Corrections is continuing to propose the shutdown of farming operations at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    And state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) is continuing to lead the battle to prevent that from happening.

    Watson, the Illinois Senates minority leader, said late Wednesday morning that he will be meeting with IDOC officials on Thursday to present his arguments for not eliminating farming operations at VCC.