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Today's News

  • Jazz musicians share the gift at concert

    When you’re a jazz fan, you’re accustomed to being a minority. Popular musical tastes run in other directions.

    So it was on Saturday night, when my wife and I attended a jazz concert at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. We were among a decided minority of whites in a predominantly black audience. But it wasn’t uncomfortable in the least.

    In fact, race didn’t seem to matter. What bound us together in color-blind unity was our love of music. And there was plenty of that to love.

  • Faulkners live in the 'House that Love Built'

    Last week, the Faulkner family – Rev. Raymond; his wife, Mollie; and daughter, Pricilla – were introduced, as they shared the story of Rev. Raymond’s decision to design and build a dream home for his wife, doing all the work himself, with the help of only Priscilla.

    Rev. Raymond began the project in 2002, after two years of purchasing and storing all the materials and supplies he would need for the 10-room two-story house, with five bathrooms, a utility room and large balcony.

  • Vernon man pleads to federal meth charges

    A Vernon man has pleaded guilty in federal court to three methamphetamine charges.

    Conrad J. Wynn, 28, pleaded guilty last Thursday to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

    Wynn also pleaded guilty to a count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a count of possession of products, chemicals and materials for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Bond set at $25,000 for two arrested for Brownstown burglaries.

    Bond has been set at $25,000 for two Brownstown men who are charged with breaking into six Brownstown businesses early last week.

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel last week filed felony burglary charges against Justin Michael Waterman and Gaige S. Jackson.

  • City awarded $400,000 grant for Gallatin work

    The city of Vandalia learned on Wednesday that it had been awarded a grant for work on the downtown enhancement project.

    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at the monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the city will be receiving $400,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s emergency repair program.

    The grant announcement was made earlier in the day by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), who was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s chamber meeting.

  • Quinn wants union's help in resolving prison layoffs issue

    As he met with Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday, Mayor Rick Gottman had it reiterated to him that the union representing employees in state prisons are the key player in preventing a massive layoff of those workers.

    Gottman had the opportunity to present to Quinn at the DuQuoin State Fair on Saturday his arguments for reversing the plan to lay off about 1,000 Illinois Department of Corrections employees, including 127 workers at Vandalia Correctional Center, at the end of this month.

  • Vandals run all over Wood River

    The Vandalia football season got off to a running start on Friday, as the Vandals defeated East Alton-Wood River, 40-0.

    It was a combination of Vandalia’s defense and running game that led them past the Oilers.

    “I thought the kids came ready to play,” head coach John Stout said. “I though the offensive line did a great job blocking…It’s a good way to get started.”

  • Murfin's pitching and key bunt help end two streaks

    Patoka ended South Central's undefeated season with a 9-3 win last Wednesday. The Warriors  also ended a six-year losing streak to the Cougars.

    In his first start of the season, Luke Murfin pitched a gem for Patoka and laid down a pivotal bunt in the Warriors' win.

    Murfin got off to a little bit of a bumpy start as he gave up two runs in the first two innings. Both of the runners that scored reached base via walks.

    The Cougars' starting pitcher, Dylan Sill, had a solid start, as he didn't allow a baserunner through the first three innings.

  • Lady Vandals open season with win over Wood River

    The Lady Vandals didn’t let pre-game jitters or lack of varsity experience deter them in their first match Tuesday night as they beat EA-Wood River 25-9, 25-11.

    It was senior Katie Vieregge who led the Vandals and played what coach Allison Smth considered to be her best game.

    “I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Smith said. “Being a senior leading us out on the first night, I thought she did a fantastic job.”

    Vieregge was 10-for-11 serving with an ace. Hitting, she was 5-6 with two kills and four digs.

  • Sen. McCarter to speak to Chamber

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.