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Today's News

  • Wal-Mart pulls request for liquor license

    Wal-Mart officials notified the city of Vandalia that is not interested in a liquor license at this time.

    In a letter sent to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman on Friday by e-mail and FedEx, Harlan C. Powell of Webster and Powell, a Chicago law firm representing Wal-Mart, said, "It has come to our attention that while our customers overwhelmingly support the inclusion of packaged liquor goods among the many products offered by Wal-Mart, there may not be sufficient public support at this time to facilitate the approval of Wal-Mart's request.

  • Budget pact key to KC progress

    The educational crown jewel of Vandalia – the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus building – stands as a testament to our community’s commitment to education.

    It’s a beautiful structure that combines functionality with an architectural theme that’s a throwback to the lines contained in the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Many county soldiers took part in D-Day

    Nearly 3 million men were involved in the Normandy invasion June 6, 1944. Later known as D-Day, the simultaneous landings on beachheads code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword by United States, British and Canadian forces was considered the single-most decisive event in the 20th century.

    Planning the invasion took more than a year, with 5,000 large ships, 4,000 small landing craft and more than 11,000 aircraft involved. It was actually scheduled for June 5, but bad weather delayed the offensive.

  • KC Phase II in state capital bill

    All that’s needed for the construction of the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus is one signature.

    That one signature will also help to bring the four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 closer to Vandalia.

    But that one signature may be a little hard to get.

    The Illinois General Assembly has approved a new capital construction bill, and it now sits on the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn.

  • Downtown improvement project kicks into high gear

    It’s not quite the project that Sandra Leidner first envisioned more than a decade ago. But the main focus of the downtown improvements she wanted are still there.

    It was in February 1999 when Leidner, as Vandalia’s mayor, proposed that the city apply for a federal Transportation Equity Act grant that would provide 80 percent of the funding for downtown improvements.

  • Kevin Schaal brings life to exteriors of downtown buildings

    Something different is being added to downtown Vandalia – life-sized works of arts are appearing on various buildings.

    The colorful, paintings appear three dimensional, and although the subjects are dressed in Victorian-style clothing, their faces may seem very familiar.

    That is because the artist often is inspired by the faces of his friends, family and acquaintances.

  • Tanner Bushue drafted 69th overall by Houston Astros

    Throughout the high school baseball season, scouts flocked to Kinmundy and rumors began to fly about right-handed pitching sensation, Tanner Bushue of South Central High School.

    As the season went on, Bushue’s draft stock rose and many foresaw Bushue being drafted in the first three rounds of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Tuesday night, Bushue was drafted 69th overall by the Houston Astros in the second round.

  • Legion baseball takes the field

    Just like last season, Legion baseball's Post 95 biggest asset will be its pitching. In the first eight games this season, they’ve won just two games but have gotten at least four quality starts from their pitching staff

    The starts have lain by the wayside, though, as the offense is struggling to score runs. Four of the team's six losses are by two runs or less.

  • Track star signs with Greenville

    Paige Dodson, 2009 graduate of Vandalia High School, has announced her intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Greenville College. Dodson, the daughter of Andrew and Michelle Vaughan, will compete in track for the Panthers while pursuing a degree in pre-nursing.

    Dodson had an accomplished career earning several athletic honors competing in track, volleyball and basketball during her four years at VHS. She was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that won back-to-back state championships.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Funds for Phase II of KC Campus in capital bill

    State funds for the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus are included in the capital bill approved by the Illinois General Assembly.

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) confirmed on Friday evening that the new capital bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn includes $5.6 million for the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

    That capital bill also ups the funds for the current phase of the U.S. Route 51 expansion to four lanes from $20 million to $54 million, McCarter said.