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Today's News

  • Helen Ray has seen many changes in 105 years

    One-hundred and five years ago, the World’s Fair was in full swing in Forest Park in St. Louis. Some of the amazing facts about that event were: it featured an 18-foot high lighthouse built of pure salt; there were 142 miles of exhibits in the eight main places for people to explore; and 90 million feet of pine was used in constructing the framework for the buildings.

    And the same year, 1904, a little girl was born in St. Louis to Ann Gibbons Kupferer, whose parents were emigrants from Ireland, and Charles Andrew Kupferer, whose parents came to this country from Germany.

  • Cooperation key to halt VCC cuts

    It’s down to crunch time.

    One week from today, the state is scheduled to lay off 2,600 state workers, including 1,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Corrections. About 125 of those layoffs would be at Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Fayette County's War of 1812 veterans

    Last Tuesday evening, my friend Bill Wilson, president of the Hill’s Fort Society, telephoned to remind me that I had promised him a list of War of 1812 veterans buried in Fayette County.

    This sounded like something I would do, and the fact that Bill needed it for a talk on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Society’s “Living History Days” in Greenville, spurred me to begin my research right then and there.

  • Too many turnovers drop Vandalia to 2-2

    Entering Friday’s game against Aton-Marquette, Vandalia was coming off a big homecoming win. But the 1-2 Explorers stop the Vandals in their tracks, holding them to a season-low 12 points and forcing three turnovers. Marquette ran for almost 300 yards on its way to a 26-12 victory.

  • Ramsey knocks out Bombers in first round

    In the first round of the E-I Conference playoffs on Monday, Ramsey knocked out Brownstown, 1-0.

    Korey McCloskey pitched a gem for the Rams. He scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked one in the shutout.

    The game's lone run came in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Black led the inning off with a single and moved up to second on an out and to third on a steal. Ethan Carlock hit a two-out single, scoring Black and giving the Rams the lead.

    McCloskey was able to work his way through the last two frames without getting in too much trouble, giving Ramsey the win.

  • Vandalia picks up much-needed conference win against Litchfield

    After dropping consecutive conference matches to Greenville and Hillsboro, the Vandalia volleyball team picked up a big win against Litchfield on Tuesday, 25-21, 25-9.

    In game one, Vandalia and the Panthers were locked in a close battle before the Lady Vandals were able to pull away and close the game, after a well-placed time out.

    Vandalia was in control of game two from the start. Litchfield tried to kill Vandalia's  with timeouts, but couldn't gain any momentum and lost 25-9.

  • Thomas Lakin recalls newspaper career

    Three weeks ago, I contributed a story for this column telling how I had been contacted by editor and publisher Mike Lakin of The Mt. Pulaski Times for permission to reprint an earlier column.

    Immediately, my antennae went up, because Thomas N. Lakin was editor and publisher of The Vandalia Union. I learned from Mike that his grandfather, William Lakin, and Thomas Lakin were cousins.

  • Celebrate progress during Corn Days

    As construction work advances down Gallatin Street, the rebirth of Vandalia’s downtown is becoming more apparent each day. Much of the underground infrastructure work is now complete, and workers are preparing to pour the second block of concrete street surface.

    There’s a lot to be excited about as a new and improved downtown Vandalia gradually takes shape.

  • Committee continues recycling efforts

    It’s been a long time since residents of this area have had an opportunity to put recyclable items such as plastic and glass somewhere other than their trash containers. A local committee is working to make that service available once again.

    A recycling drop-off this Saturday is the latest effort of that committee, which is continuing to look into make recycling a common and regular practice in this area.

  • Fight to save VCC jobs continues

    With the scheduled layoff of more than 100 workers at Vandalia Correctional Center less than two weeks away, Vandalia’s mayor is continuing to fight that action.

    Rick Gottman said on Tuesday afternoon that he was planning to once again contact the staff of Gov. Pat Quinn the next morning.

    “I am continuing to stay in contact with the governor and his staff, to see what’s going on and if there is anything that can be done to prevent the loss of these local jobs,” Gottman said.