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Today's News

  • Process needed to study prisons

    With the announcement early last week that the Blagojevich administration wants to close the maximum-security prison in Pontiac, the disruptive process that gripped Vandalia several years ago has now enveloped Pontiac.

    As was the case when the governor released his plan to shutter the Vandalia Correctional Center, the Pontiac area is faced with a daunting economic blow if hundreds of jobs evaporate.

  • Cherokee Indian chief buried in Vandalia

    Chief Bull Moose made his last stand in Vandalia on April 7, 1952.

    The 70-year-old man, along with his wife and daughters, had been staying at Bill Mareks DX Motor Court, located on U.S. Route 51, just south of the former Coca-Cola Distribution Center, when he suffered a heart attack.

    The brick building that housed the Coca-Cola Distribution Center became home to the now-defunct Waggoner Trucking Co., and is adjacent to the Chuckwagon Restaurant.

  • Phone operators reconnect at reunion

    Many remember the good old days, when you picked up a telephone receiver, a pleasant voice asked, Number, please. The helpful operator directed your call to the proper destination with without further ado.

    There were no electronic voices recordings with options and directions to press this number or that, no instructions to return to the main menu if none of the options were suitable, no If you want to speak to a representative (meaning a real, live person) or Sorry, your call cannot be completed as dialed.

  • County's E911 committee ready to get to work

    A committee looking into the possibility of bringing Enhanced 911 phone service to Fayette County residents is planning to step up their efforts this month.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said after Tuesdays county board meeting that the countys E911 committee plans to meet in the near future with Mike Schabbing, the E911 coordinator in Jasper County.

  • Gottman delivers State of the City address

    Many Vandalia residents clamor for economic growth, and Mayor Rick Gottman said last week that figures support his claim that Vandalia is in trend of growth.

    A lot of communities are concerned about their growth, with whats going to happen, Gottman said during his State of the City address at last Wednesdays Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    Our tax base keeps climbing, while others are starting to fall, he said.

  • VCHS regional softball game moved to Shelbyville

    Today's Vandalia softball regional game against Shelbyville has been moved to Shelbyville due to wet field conditions at the VCHS diamond. Game time is still 4:30 p.m.

  • Local schedule/scoreboard

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship - Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game - Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 - Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

    Alton-Marquette 5, Vandalia 3

  • Grand slam propels Marquette over Vandals

    Thomas Hentrich's fourth-inning grand slam knocked the wind out of the VCHS baseball team Monday, turning a scoreless pitcher's duel between Hentrich and VCHS sophomore TK Kinkead into a comfortable 4-0 Alton-Marquette lead.

    Fortunately, the Vandals were eventually able to get their breath back.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't in time to pull out a come-from-behind win on an otherwise picturesque Senior Day, as a seventh-inning rally fell a little short in a 5-3 nonconference loss to the Knights.

  • Mahon off to 8-0 start at KC

    Kaskaskia College's Logan Mahon could not have dreamed up a better first year as a Blue Devil.

    The St. Elmo grad earned his eighth victory, against no defeats, in a 4-1 win over John A. Logan Junior College recently. Mahon, who worked five innings, allowing three earned runs. He fanned six hitters and walked four.

  • Hemminghaus to play football at Illinois College

    Curtis Hemminghaus has always been enamored with hitting - whether it be the weight room or opposing players on the football field.

    And, in a matter of a few weeks, he'll be hitting the books at Illinois College in pursuit of a degree related to one of his other favorite things.

    "I know I want to be a teacher," said the VCHS senior. "I think I want to start out teaching biology, because that's my passion. I really like it."