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Today's News

  • Mulberry Grove sweeps Beecher Tourney

    Mulberry Grove Junior High went undefeated in Saturday’s Beecher City Tournament. The Eagles went 3-0 with wins over Beecher City, St. Elmo and Stew-Stras.

    “I thought the tournament went rather well,” Mulberry Grove coach John Barnes said, better than I expected.”

    St. Elmo went 1-2 on the day.

    Mulberry Grove 8 – Beecher City 2

  • Mercury Rising

    As the Vandalia football team takes the field this week to start practice, the Vandals are not only battling each other in the trenches and on the depth chart, but they are also fighting off heat illness. For head coach John Stout, heat illness is the “No. 1 concern.”

    Heat illness can be as minor as a heat rash, when sweat ducts on the skin are covered and the covered area itches, to as severe as heatstroke, when the body fails to regulate its own temperature. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can be fatal.

  • State must keep its commitments on school funding

    With the sounds of coaches' whistles on the football field and the whir of fans in school halls, it's undeniable that the beginning of a new school year is upon us.

    In fact, most area schools will welcome students back next week. Vandalia teachers have a work day on Thursday and then welcome the students for a half day on Friday.

    The start of classes in the fall is always a busy time for families, with school supplies to purchase, registration to tend to and schedules to adjust.

  • St. Elmo wins shoot out with Ramsey

    Monday afternoon, St. Elmo’s junior high softball team opened its season with a win over Ramsey, 19-10.

    Although the Eagles only had eight hits in the game, they were able to capitalize on nine errors by the Ramsey defense. In addition to dominating on offense, three St. Elmo pitchers combined for a no-hitter, they did walk 19 batters.

  • County once had 130 towns and villages

    Many of the earliest settlers in Fayette County came in small groups, bound together by family or religious ties.

    The Paul Beck family is recognized as making one of the earliest permanent settlements, with members of the family camping on the banks of the Kaskaskia River during the winter of 1805, near what would become Vandalia.

  • Legislators visit VCC, ask questions

    In his first five months as a state senator, Kyle McCarter is quickly learning a lot about state government. And already, he’s seeing some things that he doesn’t like or understand.

    At the top of that list is the plan of Gov. Pat Quinn to lay off 2,600 state employees, including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    McCarter (R-Lebanon) has been opposed to that plan from the time Quinn introduced it early in July, but is now even more prepared to fight it after taking his first visit of VCC.

  • Fayette County now has a Web site

    Fayette County residents no longer need to make phone calls to get information from county offices. Now, they’re just a few mouse clicks away from that information.

    Amanda Michel unveiled Fayette County’s new Web site to the county board at its meeting on Tuesday.

    Michel, a victim and witness coordinator in the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel, spearheaded the effort to develop a Web site that provides information about county government.

  • Smiths participate in mission trip to Greece

    Gary Smith went to Santa Cru, South America, last year on a construction mission, and the experience opened his eyes about how fortunate Americans are.

    “We don’t realize how blessed we are. Simple things in South America, like turning on tap water, safe water to drink is not available. We take it for granted,” he said.

  • Learning how to handle the active shooter

    Until now, local police officers confronted by an individual threatening to use a gun or other dangerous weapon have had to rely on their instincts and basic skills learned in regular training sessions.

    That’s not the case anymore, as they have completed special training sessions taught by two of their own.

    Brent Ellis, chief deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and Jeff Ray, a sergeant with the Vandalia Police Department, recently conducted their second round of training for city and county officers at the former Washington School inVandalia.

  • Tools for School now operating

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students needing help with supplies, is now in operation at First Prebyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    Tools for School will be open under the following schedule:

    Tuesday, Aug. 11 - 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Saturday, Aug. 15 – 9 a.m.-noon.