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Today's News

  • School board discusses budget, start of new school year

    With the school year ready to begin this week, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday dealt with budgets, school startup preparations and a variety of personnel issues in a 70-minute meeting.

    As has been the case in the past several meetings, state funding concerns dominated many board discussions.

  • Friedel to run for judge's seat

    The Vandalia lawyer who has served as Fayette County’s state’s attorney since December 2000 has decided to run for a judge’s seat.

    Stephen G. Friedel announced this week that he will be a candidate for the seat in Christian County that will become vacant when Circuit Judge John Coady of Taylorville retires in October of this year.

    At this point, Friedel is one of three candidates for the judicial seat.

    Others who have announced their candidacy are Tom Finks, the state’s attorney in Christian County, and Taylorville attorney Michelle Coady.

  • 4-H members show projects to HCE unit

    Last Thursday, six 4-H kids and their leaders and escorts visited the Sefton Unit HCE Club, delighting the ladies as they brought and explained their 4-H projects…even “Chad,” the rooster, live and in person.

    The 4-H program has a record of longevity, as it was founded more than 70 years ago, and still remains a large part of the attractions at county and state fairs.

  • Field of Dreams project under way

    Tuesday night’s meeting of the Field of Dreams Committee was meant to update the community on the status of the project to revitalize area baseball and softball fields. The hour-and-forty-minute round table may have brought up more questions than it answered and revealed how much work the committee still has to do in order to see their “field of dreams” come to life.

    The second meeting of the committee brought new faces and a slew of questions, concerns and ideas.

  • Mulberry Grove sweeps Beecher Tourney

    Mulberry Grove Junior High went undefeated in Saturday’s Beecher City Tournament. The Eagles went 3-0 with wins over Beecher City, St. Elmo and Stew-Stras.

    “I thought the tournament went rather well,” Mulberry Grove coach John Barnes said, better than I expected.”

    St. Elmo went 1-2 on the day.

    Mulberry Grove 8 – Beecher City 2

  • Mercury Rising

    As the Vandalia football team takes the field this week to start practice, the Vandals are not only battling each other in the trenches and on the depth chart, but they are also fighting off heat illness. For head coach John Stout, heat illness is the “No. 1 concern.”

    Heat illness can be as minor as a heat rash, when sweat ducts on the skin are covered and the covered area itches, to as severe as heatstroke, when the body fails to regulate its own temperature. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can be fatal.

  • State must keep its commitments on school funding

    With the sounds of coaches' whistles on the football field and the whir of fans in school halls, it's undeniable that the beginning of a new school year is upon us.

    In fact, most area schools will welcome students back next week. Vandalia teachers have a work day on Thursday and then welcome the students for a half day on Friday.

    The start of classes in the fall is always a busy time for families, with school supplies to purchase, registration to tend to and schedules to adjust.

  • St. Elmo wins shoot out with Ramsey

    Monday afternoon, St. Elmo’s junior high softball team opened its season with a win over Ramsey, 19-10.

    Although the Eagles only had eight hits in the game, they were able to capitalize on nine errors by the Ramsey defense. In addition to dominating on offense, three St. Elmo pitchers combined for a no-hitter, they did walk 19 batters.

  • County once had 130 towns and villages

    Many of the earliest settlers in Fayette County came in small groups, bound together by family or religious ties.

    The Paul Beck family is recognized as making one of the earliest permanent settlements, with members of the family camping on the banks of the Kaskaskia River during the winter of 1805, near what would become Vandalia.

  • Legislators visit VCC, ask questions

    In his first five months as a state senator, Kyle McCarter is quickly learning a lot about state government. And already, he’s seeing some things that he doesn’t like or understand.

    At the top of that list is the plan of Gov. Pat Quinn to lay off 2,600 state employees, including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    McCarter (R-Lebanon) has been opposed to that plan from the time Quinn introduced it early in July, but is now even more prepared to fight it after taking his first visit of VCC.