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Today's News

  • Proposal would help stop game playing with prisons

    Its time to stop the prison-closure madness. A proposal by state legislators will hopefully do just that.

    Four years after he proposed the closure of Vandalia Correctional Center and the states youth facility in St. Charles, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is once again threatening the closure of a state prison. How are his actions in 2004 similar to those this summer each has been about politics.

  • Charles Evans served community in many ways

    With the involvement of the United States in World War I, the nations citizens became well aware that the resources of our allies were nearly exhausted. Eyes turned to America for necessary food, fuel and supplies to continue the conflict.

    In Fayette County, as in other counties throughout the nation, agencies were formed to not only gather clothes for the Belgian war effort, but also to be sure that local residents had enough food and fuel.

  • Legislators call for end to games with prisons

    A little more than four years ago, Vandalia area residents successfully staved off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs proposal to close Vandalia Correctional Center. Today, residents in another community area having to put up the same kind of fight.

    State legislators who say they are tired of the governor playing political games with Illinois prisons are asking Blagojevich to take action that would keep that from happening in the future.

  • Man accepts 12 years in prison for sex crime

    A rural Vandalia man accused of having sex with a minor female has agreed to go to prison.

    Robert E. Danford, 32, accepted a 12-year prison term in pleading guilty to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child last Thursday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Danford entered an Alford plea of guilty, which means that he agreed that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to convict him.

  • Friedel-Goggin battle continues-electoral board to convene on Monday

    A little more than two months after a county electoral board ruled that a Greenville attorney could not run as the Republican candidate for states attorney in November, it is being asked to determine whether he may run as an independent candidate.

    Not only is that Greenville attorney willing to fight for the right to be on the November ballot, but he is also alleging that the incumbent states attorney has abused the power of his office in an attempt to keep him off the ballot.

  • Fireworks are Saturday

    Vandalia's fireworks display over Vandalia Lake is on Saturday.

    The fireworks are sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, with support from local businesses and organizations.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Tuesday, July 1

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

    eoe" The caregiver resource meeting for Fayette County will be held from 3:30-4:30- p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The group is open to all individuals needing informational or emotional support as a caregiver. A caregiver adviser will be available, by appointment only, for individual consultations from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. to make an appointment, call Darcy Markwell at 1-888-560-8805, ext.1062.

    Wednesday, July 2

  • Band's fundraiser cookout is Thursday

    A barbecue to raise funds for the Vandalia Community High School marching band will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mattes Ave. The proceeds will be used to pay the band's expenses related to its performance in the Outback Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Day 2009.

  • Pull out all the stops to attract, keep industries

    Vandalia's latest attempt to both keep the jobs it has and create more jobs is a clear reminder of the current status of economic development.

    Fortunately, city officials have garnered the help of state legislators in their attempt to present an incentive package that is attractive enough to maintain Orgill's presence in our community.

  • Flood challenges us to enjoy life's detours

    A week and a half ago, I ventured into the Everglades-like country that – at most times of the year – is the fertile farmland of central Iowa.

    Never, ever, have I seen it like that. Not in all of my growing-up years there have I seen flooding like they experienced in the southeastern part of the state.

    Of course, my first thoughts were for the poor people whose lives have been turned upside down by the flooding. The damage they face is truly devastating, and the cleanup effort will take months – years in some cases.