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Today's News

  • Perfect ending gives VYO 8th-graders another perfect season

    It was a perfect ending to another perfect season by the Vandalia Youth Organization eighth-grade football team.

    Aaron Harter's leaping grab in the right corner of the end zone as time expired Saturday gave the Junior Vandals a 14-8 victory on their biggest rival's home field, closing out a memorable run in unforgettable fashion.

  • Herker, Lindsey miss state tourney cut

    VCHS golfers Jared Herker and Wes Lindsey overcame adverse conditions last week at Oak Terrace Golf Course, advancing out of the Pana Regional despite having to play 18 holes in a steady downpour.

    But the Vandal duo could not overcome unfamiliar conditions Monday at Arrow Head Heights Golf Course in Quincy - yes, Quincy - as they came up short of qualifying for the state tournament after tough rounds in the Camp Point Central Sectional.

  • Candidate sign damage is a crime

    In this space last week, we talked about how vandalism always seems to increase this time of year, with many of those acts being inappropriate pranks. But it’s not just Halloween that we’re talking about here.

    We’ve gotten reports within the past week of campaign signs being damaged or stolen.

  • Airplane crash in 1951 remembered

    On the morning of Aug. 27, 1951, folks in Vandalia were shaken up when sounds of a small airplane in distress filled the morning sky.

    Witnesses told The Vandalia Leader that the airplane was observed making three or more spirals through the clouds, and next they observed its rapid angular descent with throttle wide open, virtually skimming treetops.

    The four-passenger Bonanza Beechcraft airplane made a nose-dive into Carl Boggs’ car, which was parked along Sixth Street near the Old Capitol Monument Works, where he was employed at the time.

  • County settles with insurance trust

    After two years of haggling, Fayette County is on the verge of breaking its ties to a group that formerly provided health insurance for this and other nearby counties.

    The Fayette County Board voted on Tuesday to give board Chairman Steve Knebel the authority to sign an agreement for a settlement with the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust.

    The county’s approval of that settlement will not become final until after the Coles County Board, one of three counties that initiated litigation against ICIT, takes action on the settlement proposal.

  • Only a few attend E911 public hearing

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    public hearing held on Monday to educate Fayette County residents about the Enhanced 911 referendum on the general election ballot drew only several people, the majority of whom are already well educated on the emergency phone system.

    “It (the turnout) was quite disappointing,” Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesday’s county board meeting.

    Knebel said he doesn’t know what the light turnout means, “but I hope it means that people have already decided to pass it.”

  • Law enforcement agencies join for CrimeWatchers program

    Law enforcement agencies in Fayette County are teaming up to reinstitute a program through which county residents get paid to help fight crime.

    But the program will be known under a different name.

    Fayette County had been a participant in the CrimeStoppers program, but the county lost its certification a couple of years ago through lack of activity.

  • SAFE holding purse fundraiser

    SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) is holding a purse fundraiser in conjunction with this year's Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia, and it's looking for participation by area residents.

    SAFE is accepting new or slightly used purses and bags for the fundraiser, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. during Vandalia Main Street's Olde Tyme Christmas.

    Purses and bags may be dropped off at SAFE's three locations – Vandalia, 1410 Sunset Drive; Effingham, 1108 S. Willow; and Centralia, 730 E. Second St.

    For more information, call SAFE, 283-1414.

  • E911 public meeting is Monday

    A public informational meeting on the Enhanced 911 referendum that will be on the November general election ballot is Monday night.

    The meeting at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse is being held by the Fayette County Board committee formed by Chairman Steve Knebel to look into an E911 referendum.

  • Lady Vandals sweep Greenville in 'Volley for the Cure' match

    Maybe it was the pink uniforms. Maybe it was the raucous throng of supporters who made the trip down I-70 to support them.

    Or it could have simply been the fact that the Vandalia volleyball team wanted very badly to complete a regular-season sweep against archrival Greenville Thursday.

    Whatever the source of inspiration, the Lady Vandals came up with an effort worthy of the cause they were playing for in their inaugural "Volley for the Cure" breast cancer awareness match against the Lady Comets, rolling to a surprisingly easy 25-14, 25-13 victory on the road.