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Today's News

  • North side residents air concerns on Route 51 corridors

    Because of the number of letters they received after last month’s unveiling of proposed U.S. Route 51 bypass routes around Vandalia, officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation decided to hold a meeting to hear from homeowners potentially affected by those routes.

     

    They got an earful.

     

    More than 100 residents showed up at last Thursday’s informational meeting, and many were upset that the two remaining IDOT routes significantly impacted residential areas in the Thrill Hill, Zent Drive and Airport Road areas.

  • Council approves zoning change for Gathe's new location

    With action taken by the Vandalia City Council on Monday, a business dislocated by the downtown fire in February can make its temporary lodging a permanent home.

    The council, acting on a recommendation from the Vandalia Planning Commission, unanimously approved the rezoning of property at 504 W. Edwards St. from two-family residential to downtown commercial.

  • Legion season kicks off, Post 95 starts 5-3 with big wins

    Slowly, but surely, the Senior Legion team is coming together this summer.

    Eight games into the season, the Post 95 squad has a record of 5-3, with most of its wins coming with depleted squad.

    Patoka High School's deep run into postseason play delayed the arrival of Luke Murfin and Zach Thompson, who will both be key additions on the mound and at the plate. Add in that a couple of the big bats from Vandalia's high school team aren't playing this summer, and the Senior Legion outlook started to look bleak.

  • YMCA construction entering final weeks

    Seven months ago, a group of representatives from the city of Vandalia gathered in an empty field off of Rock Island Avenue with shovels in hand for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Family YMCA of Fayette County building.

    In just over six weeks, the $1.25-million complex will open, as Fulk Construction puts finishing touches on the Y's new home.

    From the outside, the structure looks just about complete, the inside is busy with workers hanging lights, and installing heating and air-conditioning ducts.

  • Kramer places fourth at state in high jump

    Michael Kramer had a pretty good month of May.

    Playing in several postseason baseball games for Brownstown High School, graduating from BHS, and qualifying for state in the high jump with the Brownstown-St. Elmo co-op track and field team were all memorable moments for Kramer over the past 30 days.

    They were also stepping stones on his way to the awards podium in Charleston where he received the fourth-place medal in the high jump at the IHSA State Finals.

  • Patoka falls in super-sectional slugfest

    It’s been a wild couple of weeks for the Patoka High School baseball team, and Monday night’s super sectional game against Goreville was no different. For one, it started at 6 p.m. on Monday and ended shortly after noon on Tuesday. Goreville and Patoka combined for 33 runs and 25 hits, but it was Goreville who came away with the win in the slugfest, 20-13.

    "We fought – that's all you can ask for. We didn't quit," Patoka head coach Joe Eddy said.

  • Motown finally admits the obvious

    Though it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, the CEO of Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. this week made it official. He’s not bringing a $300 million sports and entertainment facility to Vandalia.

    After months of giving our community the silent treatment, Motown’s leading man, Kenneth Bardwell, stated the obvious. It’s over.

    We’ve been jilted – jettisoned, we presume, for a newer, more-attractive model.

  • Union Cemetery tied to Decoration Day

    One of my more recent projects has been to research the history of Union Cemetery in Sharon Township. 

    This beautiful burying ground sits atop a hill with a lovely vista overlooking the prairie land to the west.  In the far distance, the smoke stack from the Coffeen power plant is visible.

    Shortly before his death, the Rev. Glenn L. Sharp, wrote a brief history of the Union congregation, telling that the first church, built of logs, was erected about 1835 by the Protestant Methodist congregation.

  • Torbecks continue leadership for Relay for Life

    The purple ribbons displayed about town represent hope for finding a cure and effective treatment in the fight against cancer, all kinds of cancer.

    The shape of the ribbons is familiar. While the pink ribbon has long represented breast cancer, the purple ribbon  represents all types of cancer.

    Behind this symbol of the battle against cancer are many people, of all ages, all stations and all walks of life, survivors and caregivers, all with the common goal – winning the fight against cancer.

  • Motown project dead

    Just a little more than a year after bringing a large contingent to town to announce its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, a group from the Detroit area has told city officials it has pulled the plug on the project.

    And Vandalia’s mayor believes that that decision may be at least partially due to the fact that the city has been considering prosecuting the group for a bad check.