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Today's News

  • Age doesn't slow down 100-year-old Erma Warner

    More people are reaching the age of 100 years these days, but probably few of them are retaining the energy, mental capacity, enthusiasm and appearance of Erma L. Warner.

    Erma seems to have put the brakes on aging at about 75, although she reached her 100th birthday on Dec. 17, 2008, and celebrated it with a party.

    When Erma was called to set up an interview, she gave detailed directions to her rural home, down to the finer details of “you will cross a crick and go up a hill, to the second mailbox.”

  • City OKs bid for downtown sewer work

    More than eight years after Sandra Leidner broached the idea of making improvements to Vandalia’s downtown business district, the city is on the verge of seeing some of that work get under way.

    And, hopefully, the city will learn in about a week whether there are contractors interested in taking on another phase of the downtown improvements.

    On its fourth attempt, after separating facets of the projects due to unsuccessful bidding attempts in the past, the Vandalia City Council has accepted a bid for sewer line improvements in the downtown business district.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown consolidation hearings later this month

    Residents of the St. Elmo and Brownstown school districts will have two opportunities at the end of this month to learn about the proposed consolidation of the two districts.

    Meeting three weeks after the state superintendent of education approved an application to put a consolidation referendum on the April 7 ballot, the Committee of 10 that submitted the application set two meetings to present consolidation information to residents.

    The public hearings have been set for:

    • Wednesday, Jan. 28 – 6 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • 2008 a year of successes

    Fayette County students began taking classes at Kaskaskia College’s new campus in Vandalia.

    A fight to get the Vandalia Statehouse reopened ended when an anonyomous donor stepped forward with the funds needed to pay a state employee.

    Fayette County residents had choices when it came to electing a state’s attorney, circuit clerk and coroner in November.

    Those were among the stories from 2008. Today, we continue our look back at last year.

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  • St. Elmo, Brownstown residents urged to be informed about consolidation

    For a little more than two years, a dozen residents of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts have studied how a consolidation of the two districts would improve the educational offerings for their children. Now, they are anxious to share their findings with their fellow residents.

    At a meeting on Tuesday night, the consolidation Committee of 10 hashed out at length just how they can best relay their findings to residents of the two districts.

  • Vera formerly called Canaan, Rosecranz

    “In 1861, there was not a house where Vera is now – nothing but a switch – and it was called Canaan.” So read the recollections of Marcella B. Doyle, published in The Vandalia Union in 1913 to commemorate its first 50 years of publication.

    Mrs. Doyle was one of Fayette County’s many old settlers who responded to the editor’s request for stories about what Fayette County was like "back in the day," as the younger generation phrases it.

  • Ice Sculpture

    Area residents awoke on Tuesday morning to find everything covered with a thin layer of ice. The freezing rain left icicles hanging from Vandalia Main Street's statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park.

  • Cougars win fourth VHT title this decade

     The script would have been too cheesy to believe - had the South Central boys basketball team not written it in Vandalia.

    The Cougars entered the 37th Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26 with a pedestrian 4-4 record and few believing they could even come close to competing for another tournament title.

  • Vandals get back on track at Carlinville

     Carlinville threw a zone defense at the Vandalia boys basketball team Tuesday night.

    The Vandals responded by getting in the zone on offense during a decisive 20-0 first-half run.

    VCHS hit 8 of 10 from the field during the scintillating six-minute span, turning a 12-9 deficit into a 29-12 lead.

  • Garrett getting ready for 12th pro season

     If everything goes as planned, pretty soon Shawn Garrett will be headed to another baseball spring training.

    For now, the South Central graduate is relaxing, deer hunting and pondering which team he will be playing for in about two months.