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Today's News

  • NEW UPDATE-April 13--State's attorney files papers objecting to opponent's petition

    Update-A meeting to review Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel's objection will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the conference room on the second floor of the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Fayette County’s state’s attorney has filed a formal objection to the resolution of candidacy filed by a Greenville attorney who wants to oppose him in November’s general election.

  • VCHS baseball traveling to Centralia Monday

    The VCHS baseball team will travel to Centralia today (April 7) for a game not originally on its schedule. The teams have decided to play due to both teams having an open date. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.

    The VCHS softball team will also be in action today against South Central at St. Peter in a makeup of a game that was rained out.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Monday, April 7

    eoe" The Vandalia City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    Tuesday, April 8

    eoe" The La Lecehe League of Effingham will meet at 6 p.m. at Effingham Assembly Church, off of U.S. Route 45.

    eoe" The Vandalia Rotary Club will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" The Fayette County Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom on the second floor of the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.

  • Time changes for Saturday's VCHS games

    The start time for the VCHS baseball team's first game at Freeburg Saturday has been moved up from 11 a.m. to noon.

    Saturday's VCHS softball team home game against Raymond-Lincolnwood has been changed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be played at the Freight's field.

  • Hobbie collects postseason accolades; staying put at McKendree

    The rumors have been flying. Eric Hobbie's cell phone has been ringing non-stop.

    And even those closest to the former VCHS hoops standout have succumb to the gossip mill's deceiving charms.

    "(Former Vandal teammate) Derek Wright called me the other day and said, 'What the heck? Why are you transferring?'" said Hobbie. "I said, 'I didn't know I was transferring.'"

    The speculation is the direct byproduct of Hobbie's wildly successful freshman season at McKendree University. And it's been running wild.

  • KC growth shows need for second facility

    In the first semester in its new building in Vandalia, Kaskaskia Colleges enrollment already has surpassed anticipated levels and the facility is fully utilized.

    It has exceeded our expectations, said KC Board Chairman Jim Beasley. Were already to the point that we wish we would have built a bigger building.

    Beasley, along with Kaskaskia College President Dr. James Underwood, addressed participants at a breakfast meeting in Vandalia last Wednesday. Both expressed excitement with the growth at the Vandalia campus.

  • Relationship with paper spans 65 years

    It has been a lengthy relationship.

    We met when I was in my innocent teens. She had long been accorded stature and respect. I found her exciting, I found her challenging and I always found her, even though I strayed from home.

    She is unique in our small town. She cares about all who make up the community, leaving the larger arena to be protected and guided by others. She is here. And you can count on her to be here.

  • Arthur Wilson a blacksmith, inventor

    I pulled my copy of the 1910 History of Fayette County from the shelf and paged through it. As usual, I was looking at the pictures, and one of Arthur H. Wilson, looking straight into the cameras lens, made me pause.

    He looked like an interesting fellow. And when I turned to the biography section of the book, I found that, yes, indeed, Arthur H. Wilson was a very interesting fellow.

  • Traffic tickets up significantly in 2007

    For the most part, the number of cases filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last year was pretty much like that of 2006. There was one significant exception, however.

    According to records in the office of Circuit Clerk Marsha Wodtka, 7,162 traffic tickets were filed in that office. Thats a whopping 45 percent above the 2006 total of 4,931.

  • Despite flooding, Vandalia levees holding up

    About six years after Fayette County experienced one of the wettest springs in history, farmers in low-lying areas are again seeing their planting work being delayed by considerable rainfall.

    Add to that the amount of water coming down the Kaskaskia River when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the gates at Lake Shelbyville.

    But, thus far, the Vandalia Levee and Drainage Districts levee system has withstood the excessive amounts of water fairly well.