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Today's News

  • Clarify TIF rules

    For years, Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing program has helped fund projects in the community that otherwise probably wouldn't have gotten done.
    And for the majority of those years, business owners have scratched their heads trying to determine the logic behind decisions about which projects were funded and how much they got.

  • Mabry honored for pioneering

    All her life, Laurie Mabry has been a pioneer.
    As a girl growing up in Vandalia, she pushed herself to blaze a path for girls to be able to compete in sports like their male counterparts.
    In college, she welcomed the opportunity to expand even further the competitive outlets available to her.
    But it was as a college coach and administrator that she really pushed the envelope for women. And she was a crucial part of the nationwide effort to institutionalize those gains for collegiate women athletes.

  • Wright's Corner located in heart of oil field

    Recently, I was asked where the ideas for my articles come from.

  • St. Elmo Wall of Fame ceremony is Saturday night

    The St. Elmo High School boys basketball game against Mulberry Grove and the Wall of Fame ceremony were canceled Friday night and rescheduled for Saturday night. The ceremony will take place between the varsity and JV games, with the JV starting at 6:15 p.m.

  • Friday night's Vandalia Jr. High volleyball game canceled
  • City makes offer on land near city garage

    In a special meeting on Thursday, the Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on property just south of the city garage.

    The city is offering to pay Tri-County Petroleum Inc. $112,500 for the property, which is a little more than 1 acre, according to Keith Schaal of Schaal & Associates Real Estate in Vandalia.

    Public Works Director John Moyer said after the meeting that the city needs to purchase the property in order to ensure that it can continue to get the department's trucks in and out of the garage on the west side of the property.

  • EMA coordinator dies on Thursday

    Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at C&A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo for Koehler, 58, who has served as the county's EMA coordinator for about seven years.

    At the Fayette County Board meeting on Jan. 10, county board Chairman Steve Knebel appointed long-time EMA volunteer Jim Mahon to serve as the EMA coordinator on a temporary basis, due to Koehler's illness.

  • Okaw Grad Excels At Welding School

    Levi Tessman (at right in the first photo), a 2011 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, participated in the welding program at the Okaw Area Vocational Center his junior and senior years.

    He is now  attending a 10-month program in welding at the Midwest Technical Institute in Springfield. He has already earned all eight certifications offered at MTI and is at the top of his class there. Shown with Tessman is David Koleson, welding instructor at the Okaw Center.
     

  • Schroeder among nominees for military academies

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) has announced his nominations to the four military service academies.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    Evergreen Outreach met at Fayette County Hospital's Long Term Care this week.
    Bemie Ray was seated at the piano playing beautiful songs from a list she had made. She needed no music sheets, but played the following from memory: “Love Letters in the Sand," "Alice Blue Gown," "Ole Shanty Town" and "Down Mexico Way."