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Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College News

    Extended hours on main campus
    Kaskaskia College will hold extended hours of service on the main campus Aug. 6-31 for the convenience of students registering for fall 2012 classes.
    During this time, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Admissions and Registration, and Cashier’s offices – and the college bookstore – will be open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Fridays, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    For more information, contact the college at 545-3000.

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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two young ladies, pictured in the mid-1950s, were attending 4-H camp at Allerton State Park.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia’s first city administrator, Ron Neibert, had begun work at Vandalia City Hall.
    Former Vandalia residents, Winifred and Dennis Smith,  were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.
    Members of the Vandalia Historical Society approved the incorporation of the group, a step that became necessary after local historian, Mary Burtschi, announced her wish to donate the Little Brick House to the society.

  • Coles paid the price for anti-slavery stance

     Edward Coles has been ranked along with Abraham Lincoln as one of Illinois’ greatest citizens. It has been said of Coles, who was Illinois’ second governor (1822-1826), that he was a “victim of his own integrity.” Read on to see why.

  • Decision on treasurer's post made quickly

    Whether the city of Vandalia should switch the city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one can be debated. One factor fueling that debate was the pace at which that action was taken.
    It was less than a month ago that the Vandalia City Council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee held its first meeting about  possible pay increases for the city officials to be elected next spring – mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and four aldermen.

  • New Vandalia School District budget far from final

    Though Vandalia school officials have a budget on display for the public to review, that document is far from final.
    The problem, Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday night, is that too many state funding issues are still up in the air.
    “It’s a living document until we get more information from the state about funding,” Well said. “There are several big-number questions, and it’s all going to change.”

  • Public asked to help find drug plants

    The Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force (SEIDTF), based in Effingham, is asking for assistance from the public in identifying possible illegal cannabis plant grow operations.

  • Auditor is 'concerned' about 2 county funds

    The auditor for Fayette County told county board members last Thursday that he was “concerned,” but not alarmed, about a couple of county funds after completing his annual review.
    Rod Croxford of Croxford and Co. of Alton told board members that the audit showed the county’s net cash assets dropping by about $400,000, and its investments decreasing by about $500,000.
    “It’s not alarming trend, but they do concern me a little bit,” Croxford said.
    The decrease in investments, he said, is “just the economy.”

  • Holding on Tight

    Fayette County resident Chandler Durbin holds on tight while competing in the rodeo offered by C-Bar Rodeo at the Fayette County Fair last Thursday night.

  • Gillespie trial reset

    The jury trial for the former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who is charged with stealing money from the district has been pushed back.
    The trial for Terri E. Gillespie had been scheduled to begin on July 30, but at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning, another pretrial was set for Aug. 8.
    Gillespie’s jury trial is now set for Aug. 27.
    Discussions on a possible plea agreement between Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen G. Friedel and Gillespie’s attorney, D. Peter Wise of Springfield are continuing.