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Today's News

  • Asking questions unfolds McManmie story

    Sometimes it just helps to ask.
    That is how I learned what I now know about Pvt. Isaac McManmie of Company G, 21st Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States of America (C.S.A.)

  • We all must step up to aid schools

    Last month, we criticized the Illinois General Assembly when it adjourned its lame duck session without offering a solution to the state’s out-of-control finances.
    They failed to address the chronic overspending. They failed to take any action to rein in the $96 billion pension deficit. And they failed to grasp the impact their irresponsibility was having on the state.
    Those failures have now come home to roost in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, who grew up in Mulberry Grove, was about 15 when this picture was taken.

  • Museum has Lincoln, Civil War displays in February

    Special exhibits in February at the Fayette County Museum are on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
    Two hundred and sixty-five historical items were donated to the museum during 2012. Visitors coming from 42 states and seven foreign countries totaling 2,593 registered in the visitor book.
    Twenty-eight group tours were given in the museum. Two programs were taken to local organizations. An open house was held in April.
    The museum has one part-time employee, Patty Marler. Forty-two individuals donated 2,363 volunteer hours.

  • Council has little to act on Monday

    It took the Vandalia City Council only about 15 minutes to take care of pending matters on Monday night.
    Action taken during the brief meeting included the approval of repairs to a sewer grinder pump at Vandalia Correctional Center, at a cost of $16,566.61.
    The council also approved the $1,976 purchase of a truck hoist for a street department truck from BM Truck Equipment in Olney.
    Also approved were the minutes of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting on Jan. 30 and the Jan. 21 meeting of the council’s water and sewer committee.

  • Robin Lovett steps in as Brownstown clerk

    Robin Lovett was originally born in New York and lived in different places during her young years, because her dad was in the military. They settled down here when she was young, and she graduated from Brownstown High School.

  • McCarter sets days for interactive visits

    Beginning next Thursday, state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will begin using videoconferencing technology to help him stay in touch with constituents in the 54th Senate District.
    “The new virtual office hours are not a replacement for regular office hours at my Vandalia district office,” McCarter said.
    “Rather, they are an attempt to further increase communication with constituents across a geographically large district that time and distance might normally prohibit.”

  • Lincoln Birthday celebrated Saturday and Sunday

    Vandalia will celebrate the 204th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with several activities this weekend.

  • Sports, band boosters work on ways to help

    In the wake of wide-ranging program and staffing cuts made last week by the Vandalia Board of Education, the district’s booster clubs have emerged as major players in the community’s response to those cuts.
    “Our goal is to support the school sports programs,” said Steve Ledbetter, president of the Vandalia Sports Boosters. “We want to fill the void where we can.”

  • School cuts total more than $910,000

    In response to dwindling state funds and ongoing financial pressures, the Vandalia Board of Education last Wednesday approved wide-ranging cuts that will trim more than $910,000 from the district’s $14 million budget.
    The cuts will take effect in the 2013-14 school year, which begins July 1.
    Though the cutbacks will be felt throughout the district, the impact will be most pronounced in the personnel area (a reduction of about $400,000, or 44 percent of the total cuts) and in athletics (a reduction of nearly $127,000, or 14 percent of the total cuts).