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Today's News

  • State shoots self in the foot by closing sites

    Just when you think that things can't get any worse in our state capital...

    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, responding to budget cuts implemented by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, announced on Thursday the closure of 24 state historic sites and state parks. On that list is the Vandalia Statehouse.

    The news of those closures comes as a major blow to our state, which is getting ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, as well as to our community.

  • Luster family has many tales to tell

    The Luster family made its way into the wilderness that was Fayette County before statehood. At the head of the clan was Archibald Luster, who with his wife, Malinda Yarbrough, lived in the southwestern part of the county.

    Some of their sons moved across the Kaskaskia River and settled in the Pinhook area, about four miles southeast of Vandalia. Archibald and Malinda were parents of nine children: Henry, born in 1778, Chana, William, Josiah, Malinda, Catherine, Mary, David and Philip, the youngest, born in 1801.

  • Brad Williams chosen for St. Elmo award for his contributions to St.Elmo

    A St. Elmo resident who has worked at keeping the Fayette County Courthouse clean for more than two decades was recognized on Monday for helping to keep his community clean.

    Brad Williams received the Citizen of the Year Award from Mayor Jayson Porter on Monday evening as St. Elmo’s three-day Labor Day Celebration came to a close.

    Williams was one of four nominees for the award, which is sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association.

  • Monument honors 3 Mulberry Grove High School grads killed in Vietnam

    More than 35 years have passed since James Scroggins, Ronald Shipley and Michael Scott died in Vietnam. But their former classmates at Mulberry Grove High School have not forgotten about them, or about their service to this country.

    On Sunday afternoon, a large crowd – including family members of those three men – was on hand in front of the high school to dedicate a monument erected in their memory.

  • Goggin's back in the race

    Dan Goggin is back in the race.

    Goggin, who was unsuccessful in two attempts to get on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for state’s attorney, is once again a challenger to incumbent Democrat Stephen Friedel.

    Goggin, a Greenville attorney, filed with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun on Friday the paperwork necessary to become a write-in candidate for state’s attorney at the general election on Nov. 4.

  • Statehouse will close Oct. 1

    Vandalia officials knew to expect cuts at the Vandalia Statehouse after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut about $1.4 billion from the state budget. But it was much worse than city officials could ever have imagined.

    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced on Thursday afternoon that the Statehouse is among 24 historical sites and state parks that will be closed on Oct. 1 as a result of agency cuts by Blagojevich.

    “Our budget for historic sites was cut in half,” said Dave Blanchette of the IHPA, “so we had to decide how to address that.

  • BREAKING NEWS – Vandalia Statehouse will close

    The doors to the Vandalia Statehouse will be closed to tourists in a month.

    A spokesperson for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency confirmed early Friday morning that the Statehouse is one of 12 state historic sites that are being closed as part of massive cuts implemented by the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    The cutbacks include laying off 450 state workers, closing two dozen state parks and cutbacks in the state departments of Children and Family Services, Natural Resources and Human Services.

  • Goggin officially a write-in candidate

    Dan Goggin officially became a write-in state's attorney candidate on Friday.

    Goggin filed the paperwork with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun that entitles him to be a write-in candidate.

    He is seeking to defeat two-term incumbent Stephen Friedel, a Democrat.

  • Historic sites cuts listed

    The following cuts at Illinois' state historic sites are as follows:

    • Lincoln’s New Salem, Petersburg: Will open seven days per week starting in spring 2009 using funds from the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The site is currently open five days per week, and received 432,176 visitors in 2007.

  • Vandals hope to weather 'Storm'

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a slight chance of thunderstorms in the area Friday night.

    But you can rest assured, there is a 100 percent chance of a storm passing through Vandalia at about 7 p.m.

    The only question is whether it'll be of the severe variety or a mere thundershower.

    The Sangamon Valley Storm will be visiting Mark Greer Field for its first-ever meeting with the Vandals in both teams' 2008 season-opener.