Today's News

  • Relationship with paper spans 65 years

    It has been a lengthy relationship.

    We met when I was in my innocent teens. She had long been accorded stature and respect. I found her exciting, I found her challenging and I always found her, even though I strayed from home.

    She is unique in our small town. She cares about all who make up the community, leaving the larger arena to be protected and guided by others. She is here. And you can count on her to be here.

  • Arthur Wilson a blacksmith, inventor

    I pulled my copy of the 1910 History of Fayette County from the shelf and paged through it. As usual, I was looking at the pictures, and one of Arthur H. Wilson, looking straight into the cameras lens, made me pause.

    He looked like an interesting fellow. And when I turned to the biography section of the book, I found that, yes, indeed, Arthur H. Wilson was a very interesting fellow.

  • Traffic tickets up significantly in 2007

    For the most part, the number of cases filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last year was pretty much like that of 2006. There was one significant exception, however.

    According to records in the office of Circuit Clerk Marsha Wodtka, 7,162 traffic tickets were filed in that office. Thats a whopping 45 percent above the 2006 total of 4,931.

  • Despite flooding, Vandalia levees holding up

    About six years after Fayette County experienced one of the wettest springs in history, farmers in low-lying areas are again seeing their planting work being delayed by considerable rainfall.

    Add to that the amount of water coming down the Kaskaskia River when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the gates at Lake Shelbyville.

    But, thus far, the Vandalia Levee and Drainage Districts levee system has withstood the excessive amounts of water fairly well.

  • Tuesday's VCHS baseball game moved to Mulberry Grove

    Tonight's scheduled VCHS/Mulberry Grove varsity game has been moved from Vandalia to Mulberry Grove. Game time is set for 4:15 p.m.

    The VCHS softball team's home game against St. Elmo has been cancelled, however. The VCHS JV baseball game at Nokomis has been cancelled as well.

  • Rep. Stephens offering free light bulbs

    State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland) is offering residents of the 102nd District free Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) as part of the electric rate relief bill approved by the General Assembly.

    Part of the deal we made with Ameren included the distribution of free light bulbs to our constituents, Rep. Stephens explained. Beginning on April 1, residents of my district can come by my office in Highland on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to pick up their free light bulbs.

  • Ramsey Lions Club's Community Sale is April 5

    On April 5, the community of Ramsey is anticipating in another standing-room-only crowd for the 47th consecutive Ramsey Lions Club Community Sale.

    The multi-block auction provides an exciting atmosphere for thousands of sellers, bidders and treasure hunters in up to seven sale rings in Lions Park.

    Food and refreshment items are available in Lions Pavilion.Tickets are being sold for $500 in cash prizes.

    West Front Street is set aside for vendors who may set up after noon April 4, no need to call ahead. And the community is generally alive with yard and garage sales.

  • Thursday's VCHS sporting events cancelled

    Today's VCHS softball game at T-Town has been cancelled, as has the Lady Vandals' track meet at Shelbyville.

    Monday's postponed VCHS softball game at South Central has been rescheduled for April 7.

  • State must not cut school funds

    At last weeks monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education, Superintendent Rich Well told the board that hes hearing through the state education hierarchy that there may be a plan afoot to cut state expenses by not fulfilling the last two state aid payments at the end of the current fiscal year.

    Though there is no proof at this point that the state does indeed plan to eliminate those payments (which amount to $300,000 each for Vandalia), the prospects of such reductions have the states school districts very concerned.

    And with good reason.

  • Immigrants came here by many routes

    Some of our ancestors scrimped and saved enough money to pay their passage across the Atlantic to America. Others were dragged kicking and screaming.

    Such is the story of John Christian Forbes of Braunschweig, Germany. His great-grandson, Stan Forbes, shared the tale of how his family came to live in America.