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Today's News

  • Congrats to new HOF members!

    Congratulations to the Vandalia Community High School wrestling teams from 1996-97 and 1997-98, which were inducted last Friday into the VCHS Sports Hall of Fame.

    Those two teams both compiled sterling records and went on to place fourth at the state team wrestling tournament.

    Also to be congratulated are VCHS homecoming royalty, Lexie Schukar and Wayne Stock, who were crowned queen and king at Saturday’s homecoming dance.

  • Safety is priority as harvest begins

    In normal years, area farmers would be well into the job of harvesting their crops by now. They’d be in the fields from dawn to dusk, stretching themselves and their equipment to the limit, and generally pushing the envelope in a profession that is one of the most dangerous around.

    But this is not a normal year.

  • Amateur photographer preserved history

    Accompanying my column last week was a picture staged and photographed by Granville Blankenship in January 1920. That particular picture of pelts mounted on a barn won him a $4 cash prize.

    Granville described himself as an amateur photographer, according to his daughter, Mila Elam, of Bear Grove Township.

    Mila and her late husband, Loren Elam, were my "end of the road" neighbors when I was a newlywed in 1976. My husband, Dale, and I rented a house not far from the Elam homestead for a little over three years, and we became good friends.

  • KC Vandalia Campus hosts fallen soldier exhibit

    Jarrod Snow, a student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville who is serving an internship with the office of Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, sets up the "Portait of a Soldier" memorial exhibit at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on Monday. The exhibit, which includes portraits of 191 Illinois soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001, by Cameron Shilling. Quinn, along with some of the parents whose children are included in the exhibit, visited the KC Vandalia Campus on Wednesday afternoon to unveil the portraits.

  • City officials talk about restaurants and possible Relay for Life move

    The Vandalia City Council discussed restaurants on Monday – the burned-out home of a former restaurant, and the inability to lure more eateries.

    Alderman Bret Brosman said he feels it’s time for the owners of The Depot, which was gutted by fire on Labor Day of last year, do something about the remains of the structure.

    “It is unsightly and secure,” Brosman said.

    “It was an asset to our community, but (now) it is a burned-out hull,” he said. “The period of mourning (the loss of the restaurant) is over.

  • Stephens, city fighting Statehouse closure

    An area legislator told Vandalia officials on Monday night that he’s among the contingent of lawmakers pushing to keep the state’s historic sites and parks open.

    The mayor told that legislator that he has formed a team that will lobby legislators for that action.

    State Rep. Ron Stephens attended Monday’s city council meeting to present a $200,000 check for improvements.

    After handing over the check, Stephens offered to take any comments or questions from city officials.

  • Stock, Schukar named VCHS royalty
  • UPDATE-'Portrait of a Solider' on display at KC

    A riveting memorial for Illinois' fallen soldiers reached Vandalia on Monday. At the request of Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition is at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The memorial exhibition, which has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 35 cities and towns throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept.11, 2001.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 11

    4 Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    4 A meeting to gather input from the public on the future of the Liberty Theater building will be held at 6 p.m. at the Easterday Building, 529 W. Gallatin St. Topics to be discussed include possible funding options available and public sentiment.

    Friday, September 12

  • Vandals offense heats up in win

    Scoring isn't everything.

    But - as evidenced by the smile on Brett Ambuehl's face following the Vandalia soccer team's 4-2 victory over Centralia Lutheran Tuesday - it sure is a lot of fun.

    "It feels awesome," said Ambuehl after the Vandals ended a long scoring drought dating back to last season, "We haven't scored in a long time."

    Ambuehl put two of Vandalia's goals in the back of the net, booking the latter on a sweet header set up by teammate Lucas McDowell on an inbounds pass from the corner.

    "Lucas set that one up perfect," Ambuehl said.