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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 20, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of post-season playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.

  • Dorothy Anthony writes of good old days

    In 1995, Dorothy Anthony of Greenville contacted me to see if I could help her put stories and poems she had written together in a book.
    Dorothy told me that for the past 20 years she had published a one-page newsletter for her friends and relatives, and included in them memories and stories from her childhood and everyday life. The idea for her newsletter came to her one day when she needed someone to talk to…to fill that empty space.   

  • County must not eat its seed corn

    For the past several meetings of the Fayette County Board, Chairman Steve Knebel has pleaded with county department heads to trim their budgets.
    He’s warned them of the dire financial straits the county is in. He’s told him that layoffs will be necessary if significant cuts aren’t made. And he’s cautioned them against continued dependence on the county’s capital improvement fund to cover operating expenses.
    It’s time for action. If not, we'll continue to eat our seed corn.

  • We Apologize

    It was stated in last week's Public Record that Travis E. Collier, 19, of rural Shobonier, was arrested for driving under the influence. The information was taken from the sheriff's office arrest log. Collier presented tickets showing that he was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs Oct. 20

    Route 51 group will meet Wednesday

    The U.S. Route 51 Vandalia Community Advisory Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.
    The meeting will include a discussion on the four Route 51 alternatives around Vandalia being discussed, and some challenges that the Illinois Department of Transportation sees with those alternatives.

    Methodist Men's fish fry is Nov. 3

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Susan M. Lesaulnier, 35, 403 W. Wall St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Oct. 19 on a Bond County warrant for a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Rito M. Robles, 69, Los Angeles, Calif., was arrested on Oct. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • William A. Sides, 31, 1229 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar Oct. 20

    Thursday, October 20

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning will hold a Keep Abreast/Spread the Love event to raise funds for a digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital. The event will include a cut-athon from 3-6 p.m. and a drawing at The Copper Penny at 7 p.m. Prizes include an iPad2, Botox, a day of beauty at the spa and a Glo Mineral and Therapeutic give-away.

  • Many pay tribute to fallen officer

    Evan D. Burns grew up in Vandalia. He was a member of the Vandalia Community High School football and basketball teams, and also wrestled before he graduated in 2001.

  • Fire destroys home Saturday

    A rural Vandalia home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, with the residents of the home escaping after being awakened by breaking glass.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of Monica Harre and Brian Brown at 8:09 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived at the Shafter Township residence, located northeast of the Shrine Club, at 8:25 a.m., and found the home fully involved in fire.

  • Well: AYP goals are not realistic

    Students in the Vandalia School District showed improvements in standardized test scores in math and science this year, but according to the state’s current yardstick, the district is failing.
    Superintendent Rich Well begs to differ.
    “The reality is that the goals they have set are a setup for failure,” Well said at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. “We improved our scores this year, but we didn’t meet the state’s standard – which goes up by 7.5 percent each year.”