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Today's News

  • Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln exhibits dedicated

    It has only been several years since the state initiated the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition Project, bringing into the project about a dozen Illinois communities having some Abraham Lincoln history.

    And as project director Nicky Stratton met with representatives of each community, she told them that the work to better promote Lincoln’s time in Illinois would be a learning process for everyone involved.

  • State Supt. OK's St. Elmo, Brownstown consolidation petition

    About two years after officials in the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts began studying the consolidation of the two districts, they have been given permission to put the issue before residents of the two communities.

    Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties Mark Drone announced mid-morning on Tuesday that the petition for a consolidation referendum had been OK’d by the state superintendent of education.

  • New Vandalia school tax levy OK'd

    Following a 45-minute public hearing in which four individuals expressed their concerns about rising school taxes, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a levy that asks for a 6.32-percent increase in property tax assessments for residents of the district.

    State law requires such a “truth in taxation” hearing anytime a district’s taxation level increases by 5 percent or more.

  • Jean Freeman has note-worthy career with Sweet Adelines

    Usually, when one thinks of barbershop singing, one pictures men in old-fashioned shirts and striped vests, ties and “garters” on their shirt sleeves, their hair parted in the center and even sporting long, luxurious handlebar mustaches.

    The award-winning “Sweet Adelines,” a group of harmonizing ladies, has provided quite a different picture.

    Jean Freeman of Vandalia is a member of this group and part of the performance that recently won the award for the best small chorus in the world, the Harmony Achievement Award.

  • Lincoln wayside exhibits a great addition to the community

    As much history as there is inside the Vandalia Statehouse, tourists visiting Illinois’ oldest capitol have only been able to learn part of the story about Abraham Lincoln’s time in our community.

    Now, they can learn the rest of the story, thanks to local historian Dale Timmermann and Vandalia’s Looking for Lincoln Committee.

    The committee, led by Bill Donaldson, celebrated yet another milestone on Sunday, when it dedicated its 10 Lincoln wayside exhibits.

    Those exhibits tell important stories about Lincoln’s time in Vandalia.

  • Schwarms settle Hickory Creek bottoms

    Several years ago, I was caught unawares at the Ingram Log Cabin Village in Kinmundy. There I was, without a camera, standing in front of the Schwarm family log cabin that had once stood along Hickory Creek, right here in Fayette County!

    So, when an ad in the newspaper told that the village was open the weekend of Oct. 13, I grabbed my husband, Dale, and my camera, hopped in the car and visited the village.

  • Vandalia School District on pace with budget

    After holding a public hearing and passing a tax levy increase for district taxpayers, the Vandalia Board of Education tackled a relatively light agenda for its regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that all local tax monies have been received for the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    “Those revenues are what we have to live on for the rest of the fiscal year,” he said. “So far, our expenditures are on pace with the budget.”

  • Youngsters help Vandals move to 6-0

     Two weeks into the 2008-09 season, the Vandalia wrestling team finds itself in the exact same position it was in a year ago - undefeated.

    But in sharp contrast to last season, when seven senior starters led a veteran team to a fast start, underclassmen have played a huge role in the Vandals' perfect start this time around.

  • St. Elmo Tourney is on for Wednesday

    Play in the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament will continue on Wednesday, with play beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    The schedule for Wednesday is:

    • 5:30-Altamont vs. Ramsey

    • 7-Mulberry Grove vs. Beecher City

    •8:30-South Central vs. Cowden-Herrick.

  • Wednesday's St. Elmo Tournament games will be played

    Wednesday's games at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament WILL be played. 

    The slate is as follows:

    Game 1 – Altamont (1) vs. Ramsey (8), 5:30 p.m.