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Today's News

  • Lady Vandals on a roll

    Not known as a flamethrower by any means, VCHS senior Emily Shields' game plan is to throw strikes and let her defense do its thing behind her.

    It's a philosophy that helped Shields toss a shutout against Lincolnwood Saturday, and lead the Lady Vandals to their fourth win in five games with a 3-1 victory over Altamont Tuesday.

    Shields followed that same game plan Monday at South Central.

    The results, however, would never give the indication that Shields was pitching to contact.

  • IHSA, IPA settle suit over photos

    After months of acrimonious banter and legal maneuvering, the Illinois High School Association has agreed to abandon its efforts to control the states newspapers access to IHSA state championships and the use of photographs taken at those events.

    In a court-sanctioned binding settlement announced Tuesday, IHSA and the Illinois Press Association agreed to four key points:

    Newspapers are allowed unrestricted use and sale of images taken at IHSA events.

  • LaBille earns Congressional Medal for bravery

    In 1972, a new stone was set at the grave of Joseph S. LaBille in the Catholic Cemetery. The reason? The veterans marker set at his grave in 1911 did not reflect the fact that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor, and his name was misspelled as LaVille.

    LaBilles Medal Of Honor was awarded for his actions on May 22, 1863, when the 26-year-old was laying within four feet of Confederate troops at Stockade Redan near Vicksburg, Miss.

  • City restricts parking at senior center

    The Vandalia City Council discussed at length on Monday whether to impose parking restrictions for the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center.

    And while a couple of aldermen questioned whether to limit parking there, or even whether it is the citys place to do so, an ordinance amendment putting those controls on the books was approved unanimously.

  • Parking draws lengthy debate

    After lengthy debate during both a committee meeting and the regular council meeting on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council approved action related to parking in the 200 block of South Second Street.

    The council, acting upon complaints of the Redwood Inn owners, agreed to have parking space lines painted along the east side on the north end of that block, adjacent to the new vehicle display lot created by Arthur Young Inc.

  • Vandalia wraps up small industry

    A small industry has relocated to Vandalia.

    JoAnn Givens, the citys director of economic development and tourism, announced at Mondays Vandalia City Council meeting that BindTech Products Inc. has moved to Vandalia from Shelbyville.

    BindTech, which is a sales and service company specializing in the repair and maintenance of bindery equipment for the printing industry, currently employs seven people, though it hopes to expand in the future, Givens said.

  • Soil, water conservation district waiting for release of state funds

    While Illinois governor continues to work on adding services for state residents, some agencies are struggling to survive because Rod Blagojevich has failed to released their already promised allocations.

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is among those agencies, having received less than a quarter of their budgeted amount.

    To date, the SWCD has been given $14,000, or about 18 percent of its appropriated amount, for this years operations. The state budget includes $88,000 for the conservation district.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 10

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

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, April 11

  • 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.