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Today's News

  • Rural King plan good for Vandalia

    Any time a new company comes to town, we're ready to celebrate and welcome them with open arms.

    We ought to welcome growth by existing local firms with the same enthusiasm. After all, both types of growth bring valuable jobs and expanded opportunities to our community. 

    This week, we have reason to celebrate. Rural King's plans to move into the former home of Orgill and significantly expand its business here was given approval by the Vandalia Planning Commission. The issue now goes before the Vandalia City Council for its approval.

  • Vandalia track and field has another strong showing; boys place second twice this week

    The Vandalia High School boys track and field team was edged out for first by just a couple of points two times this week.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Vandalia (73 points) came in second to Greenville (83 points). Last Thursday, Vandalia (99) fell just short of Carlinville (102)

    Tuesday afternoon at Hillsboro, Vandalia had five first-place finishes, three by Quenten Austin and two by Drew Stewart.

    Austin dominated in the hurdles once again, winning the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.1 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.8.

  • Vandalia powers past Pana, gets scalped by Altamont

    Friday's game against Pana marked one of Vandalia's best-looking games of the season. Tuesday night against Altamont was another story, as the Vandals fell to the Indians, 12-7.

    On Tuesday, Vandalia jumped out to a strong 7-1 lead in the first two innings, with four of those runs coming off the bat or Trevor Montgomery. However, the lead was not insurmountable for the Indians.

  • Vandalia victim of a perfect game

    Perfect games are a rare thing in softball; it’s the ultimate high for one team, while being an embarrassing low for the other team.

    Unfortunately for the Vandalia High School softball team, it suffered the low feeling on Tuesday night.

    The Vandals were on the bad side of perfection against Altamont, which defeated Vandalia 9-0 en route to its perfect game.

  • Gordon has great week for Vandalia

    The Vandalia High School girls track team finished fourth at Hillsboro on Tuesday, with 18 points.

    Courtney Gordon continued to improve on her long jump performances. She jumped 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches, placing third. She also placed third in the 100-meter high hurdles (19.8 seconds) and third in the 300-meter low hurdles (1:00.3)

    Taylor Parrish set a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 26 feet, 4 inches. Her best placed her fourth in the event. Chelsea Roberts placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at 1:13.4.

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  • 'Orphan Train' brought many children west

    John J. Brown, who went on to become a well-respected Vandalia attorney, was a boy of 7 when he, along with 26 other boys, including his brother, William, were brought to Fayette County on what was called the "Orphan Train." 

    John J. and William Brown, both born in New York City, were the sons of John and Mary Brown, immigrants from Dublin, Ireland. Following the death of their parents in 1858, the boys were placed with the New York Orphan Asylum.

  • Fire-damaged property must be cleaned up

    In March 1969, the five-story Evans Hotel in downtown Vandalia was destroyed by fire. More than four years later, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets was still filled with rubble.

    That’s what city officials are trying to prevent now, six weeks after a fire destroyed four downtown buildings and caused major damage to a fifth.

    This situation is not unlike any others when fire destroys property; the city has guidelines to follow in requiring property owners to take care of the damage.

  • Kudos for getting Gallatin Street open

    Nearly two months ago, we urged the city to do whatever it could to get Gallatin Street open. Having been closed to vehicular traffic since October, we felt it was high time that the merchants there were given some relief. At that time, very little work remained to be done, yet the barricades stayed in place.

    Last week, the barricades came down.

  • Impairments do not dim Curry's zest and love for life

    Shirley (Sperry) Curry has always spoken in a soft, demure voice, and had a gentle, unassuming and cheerful, disposition. However, she was firm and steadfast in her beliefs, standards and morals.

    She was a pleasant co-worker and a good friend, and always carried her own weight. She never shirked what she felt was her responsibility at the workplace or in her home as a housewife to her husband, Jim Curry, and mother to their four children: John, Marcia, Deborah and Tom.