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Today's News

  • Senior dances on first and third Tuesdays

    Dances for seniors at the Patoka Service Center are now being held on only the first and third Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m.

    A potluck will be held at both dances, with those attending asked to take dishes. Admission is $5 per person.

  • Whightsil to continue football career at Illinois College

    Versatility has been Mitch Whightsil's forté during his time at Vandalia Community High School.

    In addition to being an honor roll student, the senior has found time to excel in football and baseball and as the unofficial leader of Code Red - VCHS's raucous student section (Whightsil was the guy in the Super Man costume... or, on special  occasions, a cheerleader's uniform).

  • Fire destroys unoccupied house early Tuesday

    Vandalia Fire Chief Merle Adermann (standing) looks on as firefighters Tom DePaolo and Mark Meadows battle a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed an unoccupied home. Firefighters were called to 411 S. Poplar St. at 6 a.m., and upon their arrival three minutes later, they found the home fully involved in flames. The home, owned by Rob Schukar, was undergoing an extensive remodeling project. An investigator with the Office of the State Fire Marshal visited the scene on Tuesday morning and told local fire officials he did not believe the fire was of suspicious nature.

  • Fighting another state closure

    With the Illinois Department of Human Services planning to close 17 of its rural offices, including the one in Fayette County, Vandalia’s mayor and this area’s legislators have begun working to get a full explanation of those plans.

    Mayor Rick Gottman, state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) have also begun the fight to prevent the implementation of those plans.

  • 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.