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Today's News

  • BREAKING NEWS: SCC will realign in 2012-13

    As first reported last week in The Leader-Union, the South Central Conference will realign for the 2012-13 season.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the principals of the 10 SCC schools met in Litchfield. Litchfield High School Principal Mark Hunt made a motion to remove Roxana, Alton-Marquette and East Alton-Wood River from the conference and add Nokomis, Staunton and Gillespie. Vandalia Principal Randy Protz seconded the motion and the 10 districts voted 7-3 to pass the motion. The dissenting votes were cast by Roxana, Alton-Marquette and EAWR.

  • BREAKING NEWS-6:45 a.m. - Fire early Wednesday damages Allen's Furniture

    A fire shortly before daybreak on Wednesday, in the middle of a severe thunderstorm, caused substantial damage to Allen's Furniture in downtown Vandalia.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 5 a.m. and had the fire under control by 6:30 p.m. Brownstown firefighters provided mutual aid assistance, both at the scene and with the cleanup of equipment at the fire station.

    The fire was at the other end of the block containing four businesses that were destroyed by fire at the end of February.

  • Input needed on U.S. 51 bypass route options

    The fourth in a series of public meetings about the possible bypass routes of U.S. Route 51 was held last Wednesday in Vandalia.

     Like the previous hearings hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, it was only modestly attended, and few questions were asked. We’d like to see more involvement by local residents.

    The potential impact of the bypass on our community is significant, depending on where the final route goes.

  • Accused murderer hanged in error?

    Nathan Burgess was hanged at half past 1 o’clock on Friday, June 18, 1875.

    The gallows was erected on the front portico of the Effingham County Courthouse for carrying out the sentence because the trial had been moved to Effingham County on a change of venue. 

    Found guilty of the murder of Joseph Robbins, Burgess mounted the 13 steps leading to the gallows platform, accompanied by three clergymen of his choice.

  • Family helps Ethel Booher mark 99th birthday

    In many cases, when one is nearing the age of Ethel Gates Booher, the occasion is described more accurately as “observing”or simply “reaching” the honored year, which, in Ethel’s case, is 99.

    In Ethel’s case, her homey, cheerful room in the Long Term Care facility at the Fayette County Hospital was alive with greetings, laughter and listening to Ethel’s stories of the past last Friday, as she, and her children and grandchildren literally celebrated Ethel’s 99th birthday.

  • County makes another transfer to meet payroll

    For the second straight month, the Fayette County Board has transferred monies into its general fund in order to meet its payroll obligations.

    As it made that transfer, the board chairman said he plans to hold serious discussions on action to take if the state continues to fall behind on its income tax payments to the county.

  • FCH planning to keep providing ambulance service

    In a meeting continued from its regular meeting two weeks ago, the Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday voted to sell one of its ambulances and put out for bid a renovation project in the Special Care Unit.

    The ambulance, a large Freightliner unit, is one of two similar vehicles that were purchased about three years ago. This unit, however, was never put into service because of electrical issues and other problems that surfaced shortly after it arrived in Vandalia from its previous location in Ohio.

  • Fire damages Allen's Furniture

    About 2 ½ months after a fire destroyed four businesses in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street, a business at the other end of that block has sustained substantial damage from a blaze.

    Vandalia fire officials believe that lightning is to blame for a fire early Wednesday morning at Allen’s Furniture.

  • Austin leads frosh/soph Vandals to South Central Conference title

    Despite the sudden drop in temperature and high winds over the weekend, the Vandalia freshmen and sophomore track and field team was victorious at the frosh/soph South Central Conference Championships on in Litchfield on Saturday.

  • Three Vandals are conference champs

    Three Vandalia boys track and field athletes are conference champions and  the team placed third on Tuesday at the South Central Conference Championships in Carlinville.

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger, and sophomore Quenten Austin all took home first-place finishes.

    Osorio cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump to win the event. He also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.7 seconds.