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Today's News

  • Beck family forged friendship with Indians

    My thoughts this week have turned to the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration.
    In addition to the turkey-baking and pumpkin pie-making, my thoughts also turned backward to past celebrations with our family over the past 60 years.
    In the Beck family story, preserved by George Beck, is found the earliest account of a feast of thanksgiving in Fayette County stretching back to the year 1816.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Each year, Thanksgiving offers us a choice. Do we truly give thanks? Or do we simply go through the holiday motions?
    It’s easy to put things on autopilot – gathering with family, gorging ourselves on holiday goodies and lounging in front of endless football games?
    But does that really move us in directions that this uniquely American holiday should? Do we ever consider those things for which we should be deeply thankful? If not, how can we move ourselves in that direction?

  • Don, Ellen Willms celebrating 60 years together

    Sixty years ago, newlyweds Don and Ellen Willms spent their first Thanksgiving together in Seattle, Wash., where Don was stationed in the Navy.

  • Regional superintendents getting paid

    After working for nearly five months without being paid, Julie Wollerman is looking forward to seeing a check with her name on it.
    It’s scheduled to arrive next week.
    “There were times I wondered how to go forward,” said Wollerman, the regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. “But I never wavered on continuing to provide the services we had contracted to do. You just do what you have to do.”

  • Council supports slight tax levy increase

    As they were asked to reach an informal consensus on a new tax levy, Vandalia’s aldermen were encouraged to support the same levy option that they would vote for in two weeks.
    The reason for that, local CPA Dale Timmermann said, is to avoid wasting both time and money.
    Timmermann presented city council members with three levy options during a work session prior to Monday’s council meeting, and six of seven aldermen present for the session supported a levy that is .82-percent higher than the 2010 levy extension.

  • Judged to be the best

    Jody Goldsboro doesn’t perform her work with a goal of winning awards or receiving other types of recognition. In fact, she shies away from that type of thing.

  • Two unions agree to pay freeze

    Two unions representing city of Vandalia employees have agreed to pay freezes through next spring.
    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday settlement agreements with the police and telecommunicators that call for those employees’ base pay to be frozen through April 30, 2012.
    Those employees will continue to receive longevity step increases during that period.
    In exchange, the city has agreed not to implement furlough days or lay off any of those employees during that period.
    Also at Monday’s meeting:

  • Toys for Tots Drive Under Way

  • Dodgeball!

    The Fayette County Family YMCA held matches in its youth dodgeball league last Thursday.

  • Ramsey, Patoka kick off boys basketball season

    Early on, both Ramsey and Patoka kept their games close on Monday, but neither team was able to pull out a win in the first two games of the inaugural Ramsey/Mulberry Grove Super Turkey Tourney.

    Patoka lost to Christ Our Rock Lutheran in the first game, 63-44, and Ramsey lost to Cowden-Herrick, 59-31.

    The Mulberry Grove bracket got under way on Tuesday, and the tournament finals will be held at MGHS on Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Patoka vs. CORL