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Today's News

  • Friedel files objection to Goggin's petition

    A week after Dan Goggin filed documents trying to get back on the ballot as a Republican candidate for state's attorney in Fayette County, Democrat incumbent Stephen Friedel filed an objection to those documents.

    Friedel filed on Friday an objection to the Greenville attorney's nomination papers, arguing that Goggin could not fill a vacancy on the ballot because there wasn't a legal vacancy to be filled.

  • Tools for School distribution begins Monday

    This year's Tools for School distribution runs from Monday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The distribution hours are: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

    Children must be present to select their supplies. They may be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, guardian, babysitter or other adult.

    Those picking up supplies need to enter through the north door of the church.

  • Six indicted on federal meth charges

    Six area individuals were indicted on methamphetamine charges in federal court on Thursday.

    A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois said that the following individuals had been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine:

    Thomas E. Wilkerson, 46, Shobonier

    David M. Fickes, 39, Effingham

    David M. Murray, 55, Ramsey

    Donald R. Schultz, 52, Vandalia

    Billy D. York, 49, Vandalia

    Wesley D. Conner, 44, Vandalia

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 7

    eoe" The Vandalia Main Street Program's Concerts in the Park series in Main Street's Lincoln Park on Gallatin Street continues with a performance by "Thunder Road," featuring Ed Taylor. The free concert runs from 7-8 p.m.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Freight go 1-3 at Major Nationals

    It was, quite literally, an all-American effort by the Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fastpitch softball team last week at the ASA Men's Major National Tournament.

    Ironically, the Freight was the only team at the "national" tournament with a roster featuring all United States players.

    "All of the other teams had at least one foreign player, and most had many," Freight manager Rich Well said.

  • Red-hot Gray takes Walt Leidner Memorial title

    Dallas Gray has spent the summer giving every indication he's about to embark on a highly successful career at Blackburn College.

    But on the weekend of July 26, the recent VCHS grad kicked things up a notch, giving every indication he could wind up being one of Blackburn's very best.

    Not only did Gray, 18, become the youngest golfer on record to win the Walt Leidner Open - doing so by shooting at blistering eight-under-par 132 at Vandalia Country Club - he beat recent Blackburn grad and Beavers standout Andy Odle by two strokes to take the title.

  • VYO football program enjoying record numbers

    Back when Smoky Newsom was a student at VCHS in the mid 1980s, the state of Vandalia football was bleak, to say the least.

    Not only was there no youth program to speak of, there was talk of doing away with the high school program.

    My, how things have changed.

    Thoughts of folding the high school program now would seem ludicrous, as the Vandals will be looking to make their third straight playoff appearance this coming season.

  • Storyboards to tell our history

    Vandalia residents already know that Abraham Lincoln began his political career in our community and that it was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Lincoln became legally entitled to practice law.

    But there is a great deal of other information about Lincolns time in Vandalia that is not common knowledge. That will change this fall.

    At a meeting of Vandalias Looking for Lincoln Committee last Thursday, Dale Timmermann unveiled the 10 wayside exhibits that will tell our communitys Lincoln stories.

  • Col. Greathouse was courageous warrior

    As you may know, the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society publishes a quarterly magazine under the title of "Fayette Facts." This 60-page book is chock-full of research help on Fayette County families through church and courthouse records and family histories.

    What you might not know is that the society exchanges publications with nearly 40 other genealogical societies around Illinois and beyond. One of these is the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, which publishes "The Saga of Southern Illinois," covering 28 counties in the southernmost part of Illinois.

  • Governor's cuts for historic sites baffling

    What better time than the celebration of Abraham Lincolns 200th birthday for Vandalia and all other state historic sites to present the communitys ties to the most popular man in history. Unfortunately, it looks like we are going to be greatly hampered in our efforts to do that.

    In what is just the latest of bizarre twists of the Blagojevich administration, Governor Rod has cut $1.4 billion with a B out of the budget for state historic sites.