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Today's News

  • Debit card fraud

    Area residents who use debit cards from their banks should be checking their bank accounts to make sure their cards haven’t been used by others for purchases in other states.

    That advice was given by Vandalia’s police chief and a local bank president after the discovery of local debit cards being compromised.

    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Monday that his department had heard from 25-30 residents who had learned of fraudulent purchases on their debit cards.

  • 'As Ever, Stan'

    A Fayette County filmmaker will be offering two local sneak peek screenings of his short film, “As Ever, Stan,” later this month in Greenville.

    The screenings of Alex Schwarm’s film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at the Globe Theater.

    These screenings will be open to the public. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available at a nominal price at the box office.

  • Junior Legion ends four-game skid, wins two straight

    Tuesday night Vandalia defeated Centralia, 6-5, to win its second straight game.

    Trevor Montgomery was on the hill the whole game for Post 95, rebounding from his last start when he lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up 10 runs.

    Ian Murrell, Kyle Hawkins, Russell Snow and Jacob Rau each drove in a run for Vandalia.

    Post 95 also played a doubleheader at T-Town Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    The district tournament begins Friday, Vandalia will play at Salem, at 5:30 p.m.

    Vandalia 9 – Trenton 4

  • City hires firm to look at river intake

    The city of Vandalia is turning to another engineering firm in yet another attempt to get its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River fully operational.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Gonzalez Companies to study the intake, which has been used very little since its installation in May 2005.

    Through that agreement, the engineering firm will complete within 70 days a study on the river intake. The city will pay the firm a maximum of $22,500 for its work.

  • Pete Sutherland tells family stories in new book

    Peter “Pete” Sutherland Jr. had stories within a story to tell about his family, and he has told those stories in his recently published book, “The Five Sutherland Boys – A Family Saga.”

    The “five boys” are Pete’s father, the late Peter Sutherland Sr. and his four uncles, Willie, Johnny, Louis “Fat” and Luther.

    The book features the exploits of Louis, who was nicknamed “Fat” as a boy. Though the nickname did not describe his physical appearance, it was moniker that stuck to him until death.

  • Sr. Legion gets No. 2 seed in tourney

    Despite an overall record of 8-18, the Senior Legion team has secured a No. 2 seed in the district tournament, which starts this weekend. Of Post 95’s eight wins, five of them came against district opponents. Monday night, Vandalia will play T-Town in Effingham at 8 p.m.

    Vandalia 7 – Toledo 5

    Post 95 had to come from behind to win Tuesday night against Toledo.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Remember why we celebrate

    On Saturday, we will celebrate the birth of our nation.

    This year marks the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As usual, it will be observed across our nation with celebrations and fireworks displays.

    In Vandalia, the festivities take place on Saturday night, when the Vandalia Lions Club once again will sponsor the fireworks display at Vandalia Lake. Check our calendar on page 2 for other events in the area.

  • Picture of St. Paul house completes collection

    As a result of revisiting the history of St. Paul’s two village merchants, John Boye and my great-grandfather, Jacob Yund, in my April 30 column, I received a packet in the mail from Roger O’Dell of St. Peter.

    Included with newspaper clippings he had saved over the years, mementos from St. Paul Church and assorted information, Mr. O’Dell included a photograph of the Boye house in St. Paul. This was a photo I had never seen before, although I remember the bright red brick structure from my visits to this Wilberton Township village.

  • Vandalia ready to distribute Looking for Lincoln rubbing kits

    From the time that the state established the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, Vandalia has always been in the forefront of completing projects designed to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois.

    Shortly after the state announced the startup of the coalition, which is made up of communities with Lincoln history, Mayor Rick Gottman formed a local Looking for Lincoln Committee, choosing Bill Donaldson to lead that group.