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Today's News

  • Early church services long and colorful

    Lately, the book that has sat on my bedside table for nightly reading has been the "1882 History of Bond and Montgomery County, Illinois." W. H. Perrin was the editor, and he gathered together an excellent array of writers for this book.

    Perrin’s writers traveled about both counties and interviewed old settlers, thereby preserving the earliest memories of when the white men first settled in this territory.

  • School district still in black with new budget

    The Vandalia Community Unit School District Board of Education on Tuesday passed a $13.3 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

    That budget shows the district to be operating in the black, with an anticipated end-of-the-year balance of $2.67 million.

    If achieved, that balance would be about $200,000 over the balance at the end of the 2007-08 fiscal year.

    “It’s a good, solid budget,” Superintendent Rich Well said after the meeting.

  • Meth maker gets 16 years in prison

    Two months after his wife accepted a lengthy prison term for being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a rural Beecher City man was also given a double-digit sentence.

    Charles E. Grifftith, 48, was given a 16-year sentence by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm at the conclusion of a hearing last Thursday.

    Griffith was sentenced to prison two months after a Fayette County jury found him guilty of participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Women's study group meets on Wednesdays

    Pathways Counseling of Vandalia is offering a women's study group based on the book, "Healing for Damaged Emotions," which is held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, through Nov. 5.

  • Two killed in Saturday wreck

    Two people died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident south of Vandalia on Saturday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, the accident resulted in the deaths of Roger D. Johnson, 62, of Taylorville, and Betty G. Bowker, 72, of Edinburgh, Ind.

    Johnson was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, and Bowker was a backseat passenger in the vehicle driven by Kimberly M. Streeval, 44, also of Edinburgh.

  • Samuel D. Davis had local connection

    “Father told us children that when he was about 16 years old he was living in York County, Pa. When the war came, his father, Joseph, was drafted, but did not want to enter the service of his country, and asked my father’s oldest brother if he would go in his stead. My uncle had a premonition that if he went to war, he would be killed.

    “Father, who was a few months past 16, said he would go to the front if they would accept him. Well, to make a long story short, father reported to the recruiting station and made inquiry if he would be accepted.

  • Comets edge Vandals

    The physical toll was evident.

    Blood seeped from Vandalia senior Jake Etcheson's right arm as the final seconds ticked away Friday night at Mark Greer Field.

    And classmate Mitch Whightsil limped gingerly on his injured ankle as the Vandals progressed to midfield for their postgame huddle.

    The emotional toll following the Vandals' 14-7 loss to Greenville was even more transparent, however, as sophomore Cory Bunker clutched his facemask in despair as he stared at the ground, while his teammates' eyes welled up with tears following Vandalia's first loss of the season.

  • S.C. gets 3rd, VCHS 5th at Vandalia Tournament

    Doing anything besides sleeping at 8 o'clock on weekend morning is a pretty unenviable task.

    So playing a 14-1 South Central team at that early hour was obviously a tall order for the Vandalia volleyball team in the Lady Vandals' opening match of their own tournament Saturday.

    Vandalia was up for the challenge early, jumping out to a 13-3 lead in the opening set against the Lady Cougars. But South Central proved to be a morning team as well, recovering from a slow start to pull out a 25-21, 20-25, 15-7 win over the host team.

  • MGJHS softball headed to state

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team enters its second IESA Class A state tournament in six years with what coach John Barnes believes is a healthy mix of confidence and humility.

    The Lady Eagles have plenty of reasons to believe they can bring home some hardware as they enter Friday's 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal against Springfield Christ the King at Champions Field in Normal with a perfect 16-0 record, a lights-out pitcher in Becca Oldham and a potent offensive attack.

  • Restore the funds

    The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution that could restore funds to keep the doors open at 14 historic sites – including the Vandalia Statehouse – and 11 state parks in the state.

    The 40-15 Senate vote means that body joins the Illinois House in supporting restored funding for those sites. Tuesday's Senate bill would funnel more than $220 million toward parks, historic sites and social service programs.

    Now, it's Gov. Rod Blagojevich who stands in the way of keeping the sites open to the public.