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Today's News

  • Security measures are necessary

    As a nation, we've been horrified by the acts of violence that have made the headlines recently. Campus massacres. Violence in our streets and homes. Shootings at public meetings.

    Such violence undermines our sense of security and exposes our vulnerability. For those of us in small communities, those acts are ones from which we assumed we were insulated.

    But were not. As the recent incidents show, disturbed individuals can strike anywhere.

  • What are you going to do with your Leap Day?

    Every fall, we're faced with the question of what to do with an extra hour on the day when we "fall back" at the end of Daylight Savings Time.

    Every four years, however, we have an entire extra day. This Friday, Feb. 29 is one of those days.

    As youll recall from the old Thirty days has September ditty that you learned in grade school, February normally has 28 except in leap years, when we get a bonus day. Absolutely free. No extra charge.

    But what do you do with it?

    And, for that matter, where does it come from?

  • Enloe's ledger records early Bond history

    A couple of weeks ago, I received a telephone call from John Coleman, president of the Bond County Historical Society. His organization had been given an old ledger book, with the title, "Account Book A – Asahel Enloe."

    Members of the society thought it to be one of the old books discarded 50 years ago by the Bond County Clerks office. John asked if I would like to see the book.

  • Statehouse schedule changed

    At least in recent times, Tuesday has been a day when a number of school or tour groups wanted to visit the Vandalia Statehouse. Unfortunately, Tuesday is one of two days that the Statehouse has been closed.

    That will change this Saturday, when a new schedule for the Statehouse goes into effect.

    Jennifer Tirey, acting director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Statehouse, announced on Monday that the old state capitol will now be open Tuesday through Saturday.

    Under the old schedule, the Statehouse was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Watson continues to fight proposed VCC cuts

    The Illinois Department of Corrections is continuing to propose the shutdown of farming operations at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    And state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) is continuing to lead the battle to prevent that from happening.

    Watson, the Illinois Senates minority leader, said late Wednesday morning that he will be meeting with IDOC officials on Thursday to present his arguments for not eliminating farming operations at VCC.

  • Vandalia's police officers now armed with tasers

    Twelve of the Vandalia Police Departments officers recently completed a days worth of training on the departments newest piece of equipment. The 13th officer was unable to complete that training because he was disabled from an injury he sustained in the line of duty, an injury that could have been prevented through the use of that new equipment.

    The city recently purchased for the department tasers, a gun-like device that can be used to temporarily stun an individual who is resisting arrest or threatening bodily harm to an officer or another individual.

  • Vandalia Schools dismissing early

    Due to the arrival of another winter storm, the Vandalia School District is dismissing students early today (Thursday).

    The early dismissal schedule is as follows:

    Jefferson Primary and students who walk to and from school: Noon.

    Vandalia Elementary School-12:10 p.m.

    Vandalia Junior High School-12:15 p.m.

    Vandalia Community High School-12:20 p.m.

    There is no KRP on Thursday afternoon.

    A decision on Friday has not yet been made.

  • Closed campus good for VCHS

    Many of us have been driving in the area of Vandalia Community High School during lunchtime when several students, without looking for incoming traffic, cross the street right in front of us.

    That may seem like just an inconvenience, but what happens if one of those students gets hits by a motorist. The school district, because it allows those students to leave the school grounds for lunch, would likely face a lawsuit.

  • Cemeteries mark site of Bowling Green

    About five miles east of Ramsey stands the crossroads village of Twin Churches. Turning left at the corner by the former Reeds Chapel Church and continuing to the top of the hill, about two miles, brings one to the site of the pioneer village of Bowling Green.

    Two little cemeteries mark the site one on either side of the road.

    On the left, or west, side of the road is found the McClanahan Cemetery. Only two stones, for John A. McClanahan and his wife, Susan, are standing. Across the road is the McDonald family burial ground.

  • IHSA still trying to control newspapers

    Once upon a time, organizations like the Illinois High School Association would bend over backwards to get favorable coverage from the press. Treat the media right, and your activities will be covered well, was the thinking.

    Not anymore.

    This past weekend, at the state individual wrestling championships in Champaign, the IHSA made it eminently clear that it dislikes the media and that it doesnt really care if the states elite athletes get any coverage in their hometown newspapers.