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Today's News

  • Bluegrass Festival worth repeating

    Any assessment of Vandalia’s first National Road Bluegrass Festival is, for the most part, subjective.

    Some people say that the crowds weren’t that big, and there wasn’t a lot to see or do.

    Others would say that the festival was a big success, and that it’s worth repeating.

    In reality, it would probably fall somewhere between the two.

  • Life lessons learned from the moon man

    Uncle Wilbur Meyer of Bingham was a self-described “moon man.”

    Those were the words he used when he told his doctor that he would return in a couple of weeks to have a spot removed from his cheek. The moon signs were not right that day for removal, but the following week, anything that was cut would not grow back.

    Uncle Wilbur used the same sign for cutting fence posts. If you cut under the wrong moon sign, the posts would rot. Cut them at the right time, and they will last for years.

  • FAYCO facing large cuts

    It was only a couple of months ago that it took a team effort to prevent the closure of the Illinois Department of Human Services office in Vandalia. Now, it is a local organization that receives state funds through DHS that has an uncertain future.

    Bob Lindberg, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, recently received a letter from the DHS stating that the agency will lose a number of grant programs and see significant reductions in funding for other programs if Gov. Pat Quinn OKs the budget presented by the Illinois General Assembly.

  • City's Motown forum goes off without any criticism

    Anyone who expected Vandalia officials to hear criticism about the $300-million sports and entertainment complex proposed for the city’s west side during a public forum last Thursday were likely surprised.

    That forum, set up by city officials after some residents asked for more information about the project proposed by Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc., was exactly that – an informational meeting.

  • Carolyn Daniels retiring after 23 years with SAFE

    Carolyn Daniels is small in stature, but a giant in terms of the service, heart and dedication she has given to the Fayette County residents in need of counseling, help and advocacy in the courts.

    Daniels, as the executive director of SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) for the past 23 years, she has been an understanding, compassionate person who cares enough to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Senior Legion loses seventh one-run game

    Monday night, Post 95 suffered its seventh one-run loss of the season and 12th loss overall, a statistic that haunts head coach Steve Hosick.

    Hosick said Tuesday that he thinks the players, “small town” mentality is partly to blame for the team's close losses. He thinks the players have a state of mind that tells them that playing a team close is good enough.

  • Junior Legion swept by Effingham

    Vandalia was swept in a doubleheader against Effingham last Wednesday. The Vandals failed to capitalize on opportunities, and errors on routine ground balls and dropped fly balls allowed Effingham second-chance opportunities.

    “You have to take care of your pitcher, and when a pitcher gets ground balls and fly balls, you have to take care of him and make those plays,” coach Luke Hohlt said. “A few guys are playing out of position and we’re kind of short-handed. They have to learn to make the plays when they’re out of position.”

  • Freight looking for redemption at Altamont's Fourth of July Tourney

    For the past year, Guaranteed Air Freight has had time to think about the last year's Fourth of July Tournament in Altamont, where they were blanked in the championship, 7-0, by Cerro Gordo.  This weekend, they will get another shot at the title.

    The Freight is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Kelso Klassic. .

    Friday night, Vandalia will play its first game of the tournament, against T-Town KC at 7:30 p.m. on field A.

    Should Vandalia win, it will play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of the Franny’s vs. Kull’s game.

  • Downtown project currently ahead of schedule

    Despite all of the rain in recent weeks, the downtown improvement project is moving along at a good pace.

    At Vandalia Main Street’s fourth “Mornings on Main Street” meeting, Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers told a group of downtown merchants that contractors have been able to stay ahead of the proposed pace.

    “As you can tell, we’ve gone to stage II of the project, between Sixth and Seventha streets,” Jackson said.

  • Marshel provides farmers with information, support

    At this time of the year, it is usual to see the farmers working their fields, or the planted fields showing the evidence of the work done.

    The heavy, frequent rains have changed the countryside this year, as they have prevented most farmers from having access to their fields with the farm machinery.

    Ron Marshel recognizes the seriousness of the situation, sympathizes with the area farmers and continues to work to help better the agriculture industry for the farmers in his position of manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.