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Today's News

  • Find a solution for river intake

    It’s way past time to do something.

    It was about a decade ago that the city of Vandalia had to turn to an outside engineering firm to solve the problem of odor spreading from its sewage treatment plant. City officials are now trying the same approach with its new Kaskaskia River intake.

    The city council agreed on Monday to hire Gonzalez Companies to look into that problem, and that action is none too soon.

  • Thomas C. Grandfield had colorful life

    From the first moment that Jerry Jones of Ramsey handed me this photograph of Thomas C. Grandfield at a genealogical society meeting, it captured my attention.

    To begin with, it is a nice picture of an elderly gentleman. He looks straight into the camera lens, his strong hand resting on the head of the cane. His beard is neatly combed and his jacket is made from a nice material, although a few years old.

  • Enjoy the fair!

    It's fair time in Fayette County!

    Beginning this Saturday, the sights and sounds and smells will return to the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown. And until the gates close a week later, the fair is THE place to be.

    Haven't been to the fair for a while? You'll be surprised at the variety of events and activities there. There are beauty contests, livestock judging, carnival rides, tractor pulls, 4-H project judging, a rodeo, musical performances, and races for motorcycles and ATVs. And don't forget about the food stands that offer a variety of delicious treats.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

     

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

     

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

     

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

     

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Quinn's layoffs include 127 at VCC

    After state lawmakers have voiced their opposition to tax increases, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday his plan for sweeping layoffs in state agencies, including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    Saying that he was vetoing much of the budget OK’d by legislators two months ago, Quinn said he was initiating the layoffs of 2,500 state workers.

    Quinn also said that his plans include furlough days for both union and non-union employees, and that he would initiate 2,500 more layoffs if those employees fail to go along with the furlough days.

  • Debit card fraud

    Area residents who use debit cards from their banks should be checking their bank accounts to make sure their cards haven’t been used by others for purchases in other states.

    That advice was given by Vandalia’s police chief and a local bank president after the discovery of local debit cards being compromised.

    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Monday that his department had heard from 25-30 residents who had learned of fraudulent purchases on their debit cards.

  • 'As Ever, Stan'

    A Fayette County filmmaker will be offering two local sneak peek screenings of his short film, “As Ever, Stan,” later this month in Greenville.

    The screenings of Alex Schwarm’s film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at the Globe Theater.

    These screenings will be open to the public. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available at a nominal price at the box office.

  • Junior Legion ends four-game skid, wins two straight

    Tuesday night Vandalia defeated Centralia, 6-5, to win its second straight game.

    Trevor Montgomery was on the hill the whole game for Post 95, rebounding from his last start when he lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up 10 runs.

    Ian Murrell, Kyle Hawkins, Russell Snow and Jacob Rau each drove in a run for Vandalia.

    Post 95 also played a doubleheader at T-Town Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    The district tournament begins Friday, Vandalia will play at Salem, at 5:30 p.m.

    Vandalia 9 – Trenton 4

  • City hires firm to look at river intake

    The city of Vandalia is turning to another engineering firm in yet another attempt to get its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River fully operational.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Gonzalez Companies to study the intake, which has been used very little since its installation in May 2005.

    Through that agreement, the engineering firm will complete within 70 days a study on the river intake. The city will pay the firm a maximum of $22,500 for its work.

  • Pete Sutherland tells family stories in new book

    Peter “Pete” Sutherland Jr. had stories within a story to tell about his family, and he has told those stories in his recently published book, “The Five Sutherland Boys – A Family Saga.”

    The “five boys” are Pete’s father, the late Peter Sutherland Sr. and his four uncles, Willie, Johnny, Louis “Fat” and Luther.

    The book features the exploits of Louis, who was nicknamed “Fat” as a boy. Though the nickname did not describe his physical appearance, it was moniker that stuck to him until death.