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Today's News

  • 2009 John Heather Memorial Tournament

    Another chapter in the history of Guaranteed Air Freight softball was finished this weekend. The Freight hosted its final John Heather Memorial Tournament, and finished second with a record of 3-1.

    “I think we’re cognizant of that [this is the final year of Freight softball] every weekend that we play,” manager Rich Well said. “This will probably be the last men’s fast pitch that will be here.

  • Track star signs letter of intent to run cross country

    Another member of the two-time state championship 4x400 relay team has signed a letter of intent to run in college.

    On Wednesday, Maryville University announced that Ashley Durbin would run cross country for the Saints.

    While at VCHS, Durbin ran track and played basketball. This past spring, Durbin qualified for three track events at state. She also holds five school records in track events. On the basketball court, Durbin was a guard.

  • City right to fix old water lines during project

    Just a couple of months into the project, we’re beginning to see signs of how the TEA-21 project will enhance our downtown business district. And beyond those visible indicators, there are facets of the project that we will not see.

    Among those facets are new water lines along Gallatin Street.

    Action taken by the Vandalia City Council on Monday helps to prove the worthiness of the enhancement project.

    City officials knew beforehand that significant work was needed underground. Separate storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines ranked at the top of that list.

  • Fayette County Fair has a colorful past

    The 80th anniversary of the Fayette County Fair was celebrated this year with events the organizers could not have imagined back in 1930, when it all began.

    It has always puzzled me that the county fair was not located at the county seat. Same with Effingham and Montgomery counties, where smaller towns, Altamont and Butler, respectively, host the annual county fair.

    I figured it was politics, or because there was a sulky track already in Brownstown. However, my research into the beginnings of the Fayette County Fair held another explanation.

  • City OKs more new water lines on Gallatin

    By now, you’ve probably heard a number of problems caused by state officials trying to finalize a new budget. As Vandalia officials worked on a significant addition to the downtown project, they discovered one of those problems.

    City officials decided that it made sense to replace an aging water main along Gallatin Street while the roadway was torn up for the enhancement project.

    And they were told by state officials that Vandalia stood a good chance of receiving Community Development Assistance Program grant funds to pay for the new water main.

  • Council OKs TIF agreement for Depot

    The family planning to revive The Depot restaurant and bar has had two parts of its funding packets approved within the past week.

    Four days after the Fayette County Board approved a $21,500 loan from the county’s revolving loan fund to the Truitt family, the Vandalia City Council approved a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the Truitts.

  • State cutting funding for schools

    Though the Vandalia Community School District finished the fiscal year in the black, the outlook for continuing funding from the state is decidedly gray.

    Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday that the new state budget allows the Illinois School Board only half the funding it had last year. If those numbers hold, several programs may have to be trimmed or cut out entirely, he said.

  • Mary Miller's support group helps people handle grief

    We often perceive others only on the surface, a part of a group or team, a familiar face expected to be seen in a certain setting, without thought of that person being considered as an individual.

  • ETSB selects addressing firm for E911

    The committee charged with overseeing the implementation of Enhanced 911 service in Fayette County has hired a firm to handle one of the first major steps in the implementation process.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel reported at the board’s meeting last Thursday that the Emergency Telephone System Board has hired The Sidwell Co. for the addressing work required for the county’s E911 system.

    That work will entail establishing addresses for all land in the county, including rural areas.

  • The Freight beats Decatur Pride 7-5 in extra innings

    Guaranteed Air Freight improved its record to 8-4 last Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Decatur Pride. The Freight also improved its record against the Pride to 2-0 this season. Vandalia beat Decatur 1-0 during the Altamont Fourth of July Tournament, on June 27.

    On Wednesday, runs weren’t as hard to come by. Decatur took a lead in the bottom of the first with a solo home run and tacked on others in the second and fourth.