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Today's News

  • Downtown pain worth the gain

    This week, they brought in the big equipment.

    And as the first buckets of earth were moved, the downtown enhancement project in Vandalia is officially under way.

    The first phase will be to install new storm sewer lines. Those will take runoff water out of the sanitary sewer system, which should significantly reduce the load on our sewage treatment plant. Plus, by moving the storm water out of the area more efficiently, the incidents of basement flooding will be significantly reduced in the downtown area.

  • 'The Rock House' to host family reunion

    In recent conversations with Betty Schaub, I learned that she has a very interesting corollary in her family.

    Betty’s fourth great-grandfather, Hezekiah Alexander, was a framer of the North Carolina State Constitution and Bill of Rights, and her cousin, another of Hezekiah’s descendants, Ray Garrison, helped draft the Illinois Constitution in 1965.

    Hezekiah’s story is told in the book, “Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the Backcountry,” by Norris W. Preyer, and I have drawn from this reference to tell his story.

  • Downtown project off to a good start

    At the first merchants meeting held since the start of Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project, the general contractor heard a concern about people being able to get to downtown businesses.

    And a representative of that firm reiterated to the merchants that it will do everything possible to allow for access to every downtown business throughout the construction process.

  • Fillmore Street improvements out; Coles Street in

    Two weeks ago, the Vandalia City Council approved the use of federal stimulus funds to build new sidewalks between Vandalia Community High School and the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

    Subsequent to that April 6 meeting, city officials learned that they would have to go with its second option for the $210,978 in stimulus funds

  • School district focusing on new teaching practices

    After hearing several groups of teachers report on their efforts to incorporate Standards Aligned Classroom teaching practices, the Vandalia Board of Education discussed a number of personnel issues in a two-hour executive session on Tuesday.

    The district began the SAC program last year, and Superintendent Rich Well said that more teachers will be trained each year. “It’s our goal to get all our teachers through the program,” Well said. “It meshes well with our curriculum mapping, and we feel it’s been very beneficial.”

  • AT&T finally adds 911 surcharge

    Fayette County residents who have landline phone service through AT&T were expecting the surcharge for Enhanced 911 to begin showing up on their bills as early as last December … or January … or February.

    The surcharge began showing up on the most recent AT&T bills, and residents were surprised to see about $30 added to their bills for E911.

    The members of Fayette County’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board discussed the surcharge billing at their monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

  • Betty Feezel remembers Carter Oil's Williams Camp

    “One Happy Family” is the title of an article published in the August 1946 issue of “The Link” a Carter Oil Co. publication.

    In part, the article states: “Life in a Carter camp is like life everywhere – just about what one chooses to make it. … 200 people in the Williams Camp are taking full advantage of the opportunity to make a small community like a rich one for all concerned.

  • Vandalia track squads continue setting records

    Three individuals and one relay team on the Vandalia boys track team earned a place at Saturday’s Pana Open track meet.

    Angel Osorio led the Vandals with a first-place performance in the high jump. The junior cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to lead the field. The second-place jump was 6 feet.

    Senior Drew Bell battled rival Blake Delong of Hillsboro for most of the race, but had to settle for second place as Delong pulled away to set a new meet record of 4:29.82. Bell’s time was 4:33.98.

  • Josie Earnest leads the country in average pin count

    Most teams in the country would have been tremendously happy.

    But when you are hoping for another NCAA Division I championship, finishing fifth can be a bitter pill to swallow. The Vanderbilt University bowling team was ousted from the national championships by the University of Central Missouri, which defeated Vanderbilt 4-0.

    “The 2009-10 season started on Friday afternoon as soon as that game ended,” said Vandalia grad Josie Earnest, a Vanderbilt junior.

  • Area softball roundup

    Mulberry Grove 11, Vandalia 0

    Mulberry Grove held the Lady Vandals to five hits in a five-inning contest on Tuesday.

    Audra Donaldson suffered the loss, giving up six hits while striking out three. None of the Lady Aces’ runs were earned.

    Donaldson also had two of Vandalia’s five hits. Amanda Walton and Laura Hobbie both doubled in the first inning, but neither was able to score. Taylor Brown reached on a single also in the first inning.

    Endia Fletcher’s 2-for-3 performance at the plate included two triples, and she scored twice.