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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Monday, April 7

    eoe" The Vandalia City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    Tuesday, April 8

    eoe" The La Lecehe League of Effingham will meet at 6 p.m. at Effingham Assembly Church, off of U.S. Route 45.

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

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

  • Time changes for Saturday's VCHS games

    The start time for the VCHS baseball team's first game at Freeburg Saturday has been moved up from 11 a.m. to noon.

    Saturday's VCHS softball team home game against Raymond-Lincolnwood has been changed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be played at the Freight's field.

  • Hobbie collects postseason accolades; staying put at McKendree

    The rumors have been flying. Eric Hobbie's cell phone has been ringing non-stop.

    And even those closest to the former VCHS hoops standout have succumb to the gossip mill's deceiving charms.

    "(Former Vandal teammate) Derek Wright called me the other day and said, 'What the heck? Why are you transferring?'" said Hobbie. "I said, 'I didn't know I was transferring.'"

    The speculation is the direct byproduct of Hobbie's wildly successful freshman season at McKendree University. And it's been running wild.

  • KC growth shows need for second facility

    In the first semester in its new building in Vandalia, Kaskaskia Colleges enrollment already has surpassed anticipated levels and the facility is fully utilized.

    It has exceeded our expectations, said KC Board Chairman Jim Beasley. Were already to the point that we wish we would have built a bigger building.

    Beasley, along with Kaskaskia College President Dr. James Underwood, addressed participants at a breakfast meeting in Vandalia last Wednesday. Both expressed excitement with the growth at the Vandalia campus.

  • Relationship with paper spans 65 years

    It has been a lengthy relationship.

    We met when I was in my innocent teens. She had long been accorded stature and respect. I found her exciting, I found her challenging and I always found her, even though I strayed from home.

    She is unique in our small town. She cares about all who make up the community, leaving the larger arena to be protected and guided by others. She is here. And you can count on her to be here.