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Today's News

  • Vandals triumphant at Litchfield

    Prior to the season, Vandalia boys track and field coach Jane Bell wasn't sure how many meets the boys team would win this season. After Tuesday's meet at Litchfield, the number is now at least one. Placing first in six events and second or third in 11 more events, the Vandals took first with a team score of 149, edging host school Litchfield by 25 points.

  • BREAKING NEWS--400 block of Gallatin Street open

     The 400 block of Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia was opened to traffic shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Mayor Rick Gottman announced the opening at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, adding that the 300 block of Gallatin, the final block of the project, should be opened to traffic by early next week.

     

  • More information surfaces on country schools

    Several weeks ago, I wrote a column about the one-room country schools dotting the countryside of Fayette County. A question from Vandalia resident Jane Cox prompted the column; and since it was published, interest has grown.

    Bill Stolte of Vandalia telephoned to tell me that he had a school record book from Maple Grove School in Seminary Township that he had saved from destruction. He asked if I would like to look at it.

  • Take time to fill out census form

    Once every decade, the U.S. government asks us to stand up and be counted.

    It’s not some effort to make us feel important. Nor is it an exercise to solicit our opinion on some issue.

    No, it’s more basic than that. The government bean counters want a head count. Yes, it’s census time.

  • Hoffman aids others through counseling

    At last Wednesday’s Lenten Luncheon at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, Beth Hoffman spoke on the topic of “sacrifice.”

    Sharing in a sincere manner, Hoffman spoke of a time in her life that was a personal struggle, a time of sacrifice that she later came to see as a blessed time, and a time of growth spiritually.

    An accomplished vocalist, she also provided inspirational music for the program, performing a duet with her daughter, Megan.

  • Main Street has architect look at fire damage

    An architect who specializes in historical structures believes that at least part of two buildings damaged by the fire in downtown Vandalia last month can be salvaged.

    Through its affiliation with Illinois Main Street, Vandalia Main Street was able to bring Gail White to town on Monday afternoon.

    White works for White and Borgognoni Architects in Carbondale and is a regional adviser for Landmarks of Illinois, an organization that supports historic preservation in the state.

  • FCH still studying future of ambulance service

    Fayette County Hospital is not ready to abandon its ambulance service just yet.

    At the monthly meeting of the hospital district board on Monday, hospital CEO Greg Starnes said that he’s studied the situation since last month’s board meeting and found that there are “more questions than answers so far.”

    He was referring to a proposal presented at the February meeting from Terry White of the Altamont Ambulance Service, who told the board that he planned to begin offering ambulance service in Fayette County by mid year.

  • Downtown project could be done in a few weeks

    With good weather, Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project could be completed within a month.

    At Vandalia Main Street’s “Mornings on Main Street” gathering last Friday, Terry Fields of Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping of Belleville said workers are making good progress on wrapping up the final two blocks of the project.

    “The bricklayers should be done next week,” Fields said, “and the electricians are coming in next week and by the end of March, they should be done, barring problems with the weather.”

  • Some Gallatin benches still available

    As city officials anxiously await the completion of the downtown enhancement work, they say there still a chance for local individuals, businesses and organizations to leave their mark on the project.

    The city is selling benches that will be installed along Gallatin Street between Third and Seventh streets. As of Tuesday, the city had sold 15 of the 28 bench locations.

    LaTisha Paslay, administration secretary for the city, said the benches are $600 each. That cost includes a plaque on which will appear information submitted by the donor.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown board disagree on status of co-op agreement

    Members of the Brownstown Board of Education told a large group of people having questions about the proposed cooperative agreement with the St. Elmo School District for extracurricular activities that they want to continue negotiations on that agreement.

    One day later, the St. Elmo Board of Education made it clear that it is not interested in further negotiations. Board members said they are happy with the proposal drawn up by a committee made up of representatives of both districts.