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Today's News

  • Christmas memories of a one-room school

    Nearly 20 years ago, I struck up a correspondence with a lady named Ruby Hearn from San Antonio, Texas.

    Ruby was the daughter of Selby and Laura Grandfield Hunter, and was born and raised in Fayette County. She lived away for most of her adult life, and always spoke of her old home with affection. She often told me she would like to return to Vandalia to live some day.

  • A look back at 2007

    Congregations of two Vandalia churches that were destroyed by fire moved into their new homes.

    The city of Vandalia had new faces in a couple of key administrative positions and added a position in an attempt to better handle economic development and tourism matters.

    Even though voters in two Brownstown precincts rejected annexation into the St. Elmo Library District, the Brownstown Branch Library closed 2007 on a positive note a move into a new home.

    The construction of a new home for Kaskaskia College classes in Vandalia was completed.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown school boards will continue to study reorganization

    Finances are often one of the main reasons that school districts look into consolidating with other districts.

    But thats not the case with the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts, according to Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Doug Slover.

    Both districts are financially solvent, so finances dont have to be the driving force with this, Slover said.

    The big thing is the curriculum opportunities that might be available to our students, he said.

  • Vandals pick up first victory

    The final three minutes of last Thursday's game at VCHS seemed to take an eternity.

    But considering how long it had been since the Vandalia boys basketball team last tasted victory, the wait was well worth it.

    Shelbyville attempted to prolong the game - and the Vandals' agony - as long as possible by sending the host team to the line 17 times in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

    But the Vandals shook off the Rams' comeback strategy - along with the 400-pound gorilla on their backs- by hitting 12 of those attempts, enough to secure their first victory of the season, 57-48.

  • Cougars edge Eagles in thriller

    Isaac Grapperhaus was not having a good day.

    The South Central junior had spent much of Friday's game against St. Elmo on the bench with foul trouble. And when he was on the floor, his production was well below his normal standards, as he had just four points and four rebounds heading into the final minute of play.

    So when the 6-foot-5 center reached over a St. Elmo player to coral a Tanner Bushue miss in the closing seconds of a tie game, just about everyone in the building figured he would be whistled for an over-the-back foul.

    But that whistle never came.

  • Thomas George Boggs, 58, Farina

    Thomas George Boggs, 58, of Farina, died at 5:25 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Doctors Nursing and Rehab Center in Salem.

    Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. There is no visitation.

    Mr. Boggs was born on Aug. 7, 1949, in Vandalia, the son of Louis F. Strawberry and Dorothy Mary Campbell Boggs.

    He was an electronic technician with the U.S. Postal Service in Effingham, and had served in the U.S. Army from 1970-86.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 20

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    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.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Saturday, December 22

    eoe" There will be no open gym at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia. Open gym will resume on Saturday, Dec. 29.

    Sunday, December 23

  • Christmas Eve Service at Brownstown

    Brownstown First Christian Church, along with Liberty Christian Church, will host a Christmas

    Eve Service at 6 p.m. on Monday at Brownstown First Christian Church, located at the corner of First and Poplar Streets in Brownstown.

    The community is welcome to attend this special service, which will include Christmas carols,

    congregational singing, special music, a message by Liberty's minister, Dan Wagner, and an

    observance of the Lord's Supper. For more information, contact the church at 618.427.3687.

  • Santa at Temple Baptist this Sunday

    Due to inclement weather, Santa Claus had to cancel his visit to Temple Baptist Church last Sunday. He will visit the church this Sunday.Santa will be at the church at 4:30 p.m. in his Jingle Buggy, offering rides to children of all ages.

    Hot chocolate, cookies and candy will be served.

    The public is invited.

    The church is located at Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia school levy OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved an aggregate tax levy totaling $3,291,947. That amount is nearly $151,590 (4.83 percent) more than last year.

    To generate that amount, the tentative tax rate is 3.6064, down slightly from last years rate of 3.6088.

    In the proposed levy, the major category increases are $78,454 in educational, $35,178 in tort immunity, $21,319 in operations and maintenance, and $8,528 in transportation.