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Today's News

  • New state senator begins teleconferences

    Fayette County residents who have been getting phone calls from this area’s new state senator may have been a little leery about the true identity of the caller or confused about why Kyle McCarter would be calling them.

    But McCarter is, indeed, offering the invitations to participate in teleconferences, as a way of getting a feel for the wants, needs and opinions of his constituents.

  • Consolidated election is next Tuesday

    It’s a simple “yes” or “no” question.

    But the answer will determine the education of hundreds of students in the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts.

    The proposed consolidation of those two school districts is on the ballot in next Tuesday’s consolidated election, along with races for municipal, school board, park district, library district and township seats.

    Residents in all Fayette County communities will be picking a new mayor or village president.

  • Bombers stun Greenville

     Some probably questioned Brownstown's sanity for scheduling Greenville this spring - a school nearly four times its size with a baseball program that is considered one of the best in the state.

    And it probably seemed even less sane that the Bombers were bound and determined to get in Monday's game with the powerhouse Comets, minus injured standouts Jared Winters and Michael Kramer.

  • Heischmidt displays artistic abilities in many forms

    Mark Heischmidt is very talented and creative, seemingly in any endeavor he undertakes. He taught art and English in the St. Elmo schools to all ages before retiring after a career of 34 years.

    As an interior decorator, he has lent his talent and touch to Mary Ann’s Restaurant's walls and also to friends’ homes.

    An artist, he likes to paint scenic landscapes, and he drew the illustration for cover of “Living the Dream," a historical fiction novel written by Barry A. Coughlin.

  • Vandals roll to first win of year

     After getting outscored 25-2 in its first two games of the 2009 season, the Vandalia baseball team enjoyed being on the left side of a lopsided final score Friday in an 11-1 win over visiting Ramsey.

    And the key to the Vandals' first victory of the season being an easy one was their ability to take advantage of opportunities - along with the Rams' inability to do so.

  • Cast an informed vote on Tuesday

    You’ve read the ads. You’ve heard the rhetoric. You’ve formed your opinions.

    Now, it’s time to prepare to vote.

  • Military records show Jarrett's local ties

    Since I’ve put Dale Reeves, a local Civil War aficionado, in the spotlight with the photo of Civil War soldier, Pvt. John Strobel, I think I’ll leave him there a little longer.

    On the same day Dale shared the Strobel photograph with me, he gave me a photo of a man by the name of Jarrett, who had enlisted on Aug. 5, 1861, at Kinmundy, Marion County. Dale said that this man was not a Fayette County soldier.

  • McNary Hired As New VCHS Girls Basketball Coach

     A familiar face will be taking over the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball program.

    A little more than three weeks after longtime Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler announced his retirement, VCHS Hall of Famer Michelle (Kaiser) McNary was hired as the sixth coach in VCHS girls basketball history at Tuesday's Vandalia School Board Meeting.

    She will also take over the open physical education teacher position at the school.

  • Common sense best in parking

    As the city begins the process of spending millions of dollars to repair streets, upgrade utilities and beautify the appearance of downtown Vandalia, it’s also time to consider carefully the city’s policies governing parking in the central business district.

    Currently, the city limits parking to two hours – day and night – on Gallatin Street. Several side streets off of Gallatin Street have two-hour parking between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with no restrictions on overnight parking.

  • Charcoal drawing confirms soldier's identity

    From time to time, my friend, Dale Reeves, a Civil War aficionado, stops by to visit and share history.

    Not long ago, I handed him a photograph of Vandalia’s Civil War hero, Col. Lucien Greathouse, in full military dress, one that has been published in this newspaper on several occasions.