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Today's News

  • Painting the town red...

    The effort to make below-ground improvements in downtown Vandalia has begun. In the near future, improvements to the streetscape on Gallatin Street will get under way.

    And as those improvements are made using city, state and federal funds, Vandalia Main Street volunteers will begin adding their own enhancements to the downtown business district.

    Main Street’s design committee plans to kick off its “Paint the Town” program sometime in April by painting the exteriors of three downtown businesses.

  • Vandalia suing HMG over I-70 interchange boring

    The city of Vandalia is suing its consulting engineers in an attempt to recoup funds it paid for a boring at the western Interstate 70 interchange.

    In a two-count suit filed earlier this month, the city is seeking a judgment of $361,370.18 from HMG Engineers of Carlyle. That total includes legal fees and services provided by another engineering firm.

    The amount being sought equals the amount that the city has spent to date on the extension of water and sewer lines to the northwest quadrant of the western interchange.

  • Shobonier pleads guilty to federal meth charge

    A Shobonier man pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine charge in federal court last Friday.

    Larry G. Tinker, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to A. Courtney Cox, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,

  • Mueller shares road, personal histories

    Visitors to the new National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia may find themselves being guided through the center by lifetime Vandalia resident Joyce Mueller.

    Mueller not only gives the documented history of the displays of interest, but she also can share personal memories of Vandalia, which makes the tour all the more interesting and brings old photographs of Gallatin Street to life.

  • Vandals fall to Rockridge in season-opener

     Even at full strength, the Vandalia baseball team figured to have its work cut out for it Friday in its season-opener against Rockridge, which made a four-plus hour trek south from Taylor Ridge to play the Vandals.

    So it obviously didn't help that three of Vandalia's five returning starters were unavailable against the Rockets.

  • VCHS Boys Track Starts Season Strong at EIU Invitational

     The Vandalia boys track team kicked off the 2009 season in excellent fashion Saturday by placing 15th out of 42 teams with 13 points at the Charleston Boys Indoor Invitational Classic at Eastern Illinois University's Lantz Fieldhouse.

    Senior Drew Bell led the way, breaking his own school record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:31.44, good for second place in a loaded field.

  • The Work Begins (Finally!)

    Ten years after an expansive streetscape project for Vandalia’s downtown business district was first discussed, work on that project is under way on Gallatin Street.

    As local operator Ronnie Smith began digging at the intersection of Fifth and Gallatin streets on Tuesday morning, Mayor Rick Gottman and engineer Lorne Jackson stood half a block away, explaining the flow of the project to a group of downtown merchants.

    Eleven hours later, merchants, city officials and other Vandalia residents received a similar report on the project.

  • Frailey sings from the heart in Easter presentation

    The site – the rural setting of Crown Point Church. The occasion ­– the first practice for the church family’s annual Easter presentation. The tone ­– good-natured, but committed, cooperation as the cast works together to tell the story of Jesus Christ’s last hours on earth.

    The inspiration was intensely felt as the curtains closed and the heartfelt voice of Marcia Frailey softly, but clearly, filled the sanctuary as she sang the poignant words to “How Can You Refuse Him Now?”

  • Seeing world through grandmother's eyes

    After I reached my early 20s and opted for contact lenses, I realized that not only had I inherited by father’s big toe, I also had his eyes.

    The reason I hadn’t noticed before was because my eyes had been hidden behind thick black-framed glasses since the sixth grade. In those days, almost all light-haired and fair-skinned kids were fitted with those black frames. One style for girls came with tiny rhinestones in the corner.

  • Shobonier man pleads guilty to federal meth charge

    A Shobonier man pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine charge in federal court on Thursday.

    Larry Tinker, 58, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

    See more in the next issue of The Leader-Union.