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Today's News

  • Dothager to play softball at McKendree

    All Lyndsey Dothager really wanted to do was go out with a bang.

    She wound up making a dream come true.

    The recent Mulberry Grove grad was having the week of her life at the recent North American Fastpitch Association 18-and-under National Tournament.

    But after going unsigned despite a breakthrough senior season at MGHS, Dothager figured she might well be playing her last organized softball game when her summer traveling team, the Mulberry Grove Jaguars, took the field in an elimination game in the national tournament in St. Louis.

  • Bushue throws 1-hitter, strikes out 17

    The South Central baseball team has sent a clear message to its Midland Trail Conference foes early in the fall season - the road to the MTC title still goes through Kinmundy.

    And, as an up-and-coming Louisville-North Clay team found out Tuesday night, that road is a particularly treacherous one when Tanner Bushue is on the mound.

    Playing under the lights at Lions Field, Bushue came up with a prime-time performance in a game with huge conference championship implications, hurling a one-hitter and fanning 17 in a 7-0 Cougars win.

  • Lady Cougars top Lady Vandals for 3rd

    In volleyball, communication is everything.

    And on Saturday, good communication proved to be the difference for South Central in its 25-21, 25-23 third-place victory over Vandalia at the Altamont Tournament.

    "I was real proud of the girls' passing," South Central coach Mary Brimberry said. "That was probably the best we've passed the ball in two seasons."

    Vandalia, on the other hand, struggled in that department all match long, and, subsequently, could never get in a rythm in a disappointing tournament finale.

  • Vandals rout Roxana

    The only thing more overwhelming than the stench emanating from the oil refineries surrounding Charles Raich Stadium Friday night was the high-octane performance delivered by the visiting Vandalia football team in a dominating 48-0 victory over Roxana.

    Make no mistake - the smell of burning fossil fuels does not bother the Vandals.

    For the second time in as many weeks, VCHS overwhelmed its opponent in every facet of the game, leaving head coach John Stout in a mental state coaches rarely find themselves in - almost 100 percent content.

  • House, Senate must reverse misguided cuts

    After a couple of weeks of feeling the sting of the public’s frustration, members of the Illinois House of Representatives this week have an opportunity to correct the misguided budget cuts mandated by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    As they gather in Springfield, state House members must come up with an alternative budget plan that makes more sense than the random cuts the governor required of state agency heads in late August. Then, they must convince their counterparts in the state Senate to follow suit.

  • Grocer fleeced in raccoon skin scam

    From the time of the earliest settlements in Fayette County, money was rarely used. The settlers bartered skins for goods.

    James Evans, whose father, Akin, was Fayette County’s sheriff and tax collector in 1836-1839, 1846-1849 and 1852-1854, wrote that if you did not have gold or silver to pay your taxes, you could catch a few raccoons and pay your taxes with their skins. You could not pay with paper money, as it was not legal tender.

  • City gets $454,000 settlement from ICG

    After it shut down its north-side line from Freeport to Centralia in the early 1980s, Illinois Central Gulf Railroad began selling off the rail line right of way. The problem was that the land wasn’t ICG’s to sell.

    The recent conclusion of a class action suit provided reimbursement to the municipalities, organizations and individuals that purchased the land from ICG. Included in the settlement was the city of Vandalia.

  • Water, sewer rate hike likely

    Vandalia residents will likely see small increases in their water and sewer rates, starting next month.

    A 6.08-percent increase in water rates and a .59-percent hike in sewer rates are what’s being recommended, and what will go into effect unless the city council decides otherwise at its meeting next Monday night.

  • Committee recommends implementation of boulevard parking restrictions

    Vandalia residents whose vehicles have been blocking passages for pedestrians and vehicular traffic – even when they use their driveway – have been given a few weeks to come up with a new parking spot.

    And as the enforcement of the city ordinance that prohibits obstructing traffic is stepped up, the city is putting in place new guidelines for parking vehicles on residential boulevards.

    At a lengthy meeting last Wednesday night, the Vandalia City Council’s streets and sewers committee agreed to have the city enforce the following ordinance:

  • City likely will implement boulevard parking restrictions

    The days in which Vandalia residents can park on unimproved boulevards are likely limited.

    That's because a Vandalia City Council committee is recommended that in order for residents to park on boulevards in front of their homes, that area must covered with either concrete, asphalt or CA-6 rock.

    That's the recommendation formulated by the council's streets and sewers committee at a meeting last Wednesday.

    That committee recommended that enforcement of that ordinance amendment begin on Oct. 1.

    For the full story, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.