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Today's News

  • The drought is over

    Entering Thursday  night's game, the Lady Vandals sat at 1-17, as the basketball season headed into the final weeks before the regional. Vandalia needed to make a run soon, and it took the first step toward that with back-to-back wins at the Sandoval Invitational  

    Following a 32-point loss to Cowden-Herrick to open the tournament, Vandalia beat Webber Township, 54-35, and Wayne City, 47-41, to get its first wins since a season-opening victory against Roxana.

  • Vandals knock off Greenville again, move to 5-0 in conference play

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Vandalia boys basketball team. In the Vandals' last six games, they’ve gone 1-5, with all five losses coming by six or less points. Despite the run of close losses, Vandalia was still sitting pretty in the South Central Conference at 4-0.

    Needless to say, Friday’s game against Greenville would be a big win, not just for the rivalry and conference standings, but because Vandalia need a win, badly.

  • Wrestling gathers momentum with wins

    Vandalia’s wrestling squad has been somewhat of a gathering storm in recent weeks, as the end of the season creeps nearer, as coach Jason Clay works to get all of the weight classes settled out.

    The Vandals hosted a quad that included Monticello, Murphysboro and Alton on Saturday morning.

    "It was a good day," Clay said. "The kids really wrestled tough. I saw a lot of things we've been working on in practice, which is really encouraging."

    Vandalia 59

    Murphysboro 21

  • Tammie Rogers authors 4-H dog training book

    Countless books have been written and illustrated on dog training. Some are very serious manuals, with professional, no-nonsense attitudes and instructions, accompanied by photos of elite-looking models (both handlers and canines).

    There are also those that focus mainly on new puppy behavior and toilet training.

    Then there are the lighter instructional manuals with a humorous slant, illustrated with humorous caricatures.

  • Extreme cold puts freeze on downtown enhancement work

    A few weeks ago, the city was hopeful that new sidewalks could be poured – and the roadway opened to traffic – in the last two blocks of Gallatin Street being improved by the downtown enhancement project.

    Not only did city officials find out recently that that would not be a possibility in the near future, but they also learned that some of the sidewalk work already completed would have to be redone.

  • City works on two fronts for good census figures

    Knowing how the data gathered through the 2010 Census will impact their wallet, Vandalia officials are working through a couple of different channels to make sure that every local resident is counted.

    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting that the first meeting of the city’s 2010 Census Complete Count Committee will be held at 5 p.m. this Wednesday.

  • State still behind on school funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District will probably not have to dip into its working cash reserves to make it through the current fiscal year, Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday that the district is “still dramatically behind in categorical payments from the state.”

    In his report to the school board, Well said that the state now owes the district $379,927.

  • Make your mark; help with census

    Residents who feel that they are not valuable participants in the workings of local government can be just that this year.

    The federal government will conduct the 2010 Decennial Census this year in an effort to make sure that every person in this country is counted in the United States' population.

    Why does it matter whether you and I participate in the census?

  • Several freed slaves owned land in county

    At the suggestion of Gale Red, I sat down one day and worked my way through the 1870 Federal Census of Fayette County, searching for men who may have been soldiers of the Confederacy.

    Gale, a member of the Dixon Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is heading up the effort in Illinois to compile a list of all known Confederate veterans buried in the state.

    The results surprised me a little, because as I scanned the entries and identified families from Virginia, Tennessee, etc., all of the Confederate veterans known to us showed up in this census.

  • Brownstown man killed in Wednesday crash

    A Brownstown man was killed in a two-vehicle accident near Ramsey on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Micky A. Koehler, 40, sustained fatal injuries in an accident on County Road 2700North, one mile west of Ramsey.

    Bowen said Koehler was eastbound on the county road when he crossed the center line and hit a westbound van head-on. He pronounced Koehler dead at the scene at 5:33 p.m.

    The crash remains under investigation by Bowen’s office and the Illinois State Police.