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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 7

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Jeff Stone, new wife called to teach in Israel

    Jeff Stone grew up in Vandalia, attended Bible college after graduating from Vandalia Community High School, and was later called to Israel to teach in a Christian school.

  • Fair begins on Saturday

    The Fayette County Fair begins its 2011 run this Saturday with 4-H and junior shows, and concludes next Saturday evening with a demolition derby.
    This year’s fair includes the return of many popular grandstand attractions, as well as some new entertainment on the second night.
    The grandstand schedule for this year’s fair is as follows:
    • Sunday – Junior Miss Fayette County Pageant at 2 p.m. Ashley Edwards will perform at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by Matt Passalacaqua.

  • Habitat takes over Nice Twice

    Patrons who enjoyed shopping for discounted clothing and household items at the now-closed Nice Twice resale store in downtown Vandalia, will be happy to know that a similar store will open here next month.
    To be operated by Fayette County Habitat For Humanity, the as-yet-unnamed store will open in the same location as Nice Twice, 418 W. Gallatin St. The former Nice Twice store was operated by Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.    

  • Committee favors new garbage pickup contract with Doty

    The Vandalia City Council’s cemetery and landfill committee agreed on Monday to support a new residential waste collection contract with the Beecher City firm that has provided that service since 1999.
    The proposed terms of that new contract with Doty Sanitation Service will be put into a contract by the city’s legal counsel, after which it will be reviewed by the cemetery and landfill committee and then go to the city council for action.

  • City OKs 2 TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to two buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, city aldermen – particularly the newly elected members of the council – were given a brief primer on the TIF program and discussed how the city will operate the program in the future.
    In one TIF agreement, the city is providing up to $7,500 for improvements to the building at 113 W. Gallatin St. that houses Culligan Water.

  • City OKs 2 TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to two buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, city aldermen – particularly the newly elected members of the council – were given a brief primer on the TIF program and discussed how the city will operate the program in the future.
    In one TIF agreement, the city is providing up to $7,500 for improvements to the building at 113 W. Gallatin St. that houses Culligan Water.

  • Freight Back in Action

    Members of the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team on Saturday won an exhibition game, 13-3, at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in Casey, defeating a 23-and-under team from Rockford. 

  • Vandalia Jr. Legion loses to Trenton in high-scoring game

    The Fourth of July was on Monday, but the Vandalia and Trenton Jr. Legion baseball teams waited until Tuesday to set off their fireworks.

    Twenty-six runs were scored, coaches and umpires traded words several times and one assistant coach was ejected during a 19-7 Trenton win in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • SC pitchers record 12 K's in win vs. Trenton

    KINMUNDY – Two pitchers combined to strike out 12 Trenton hitters, and each South Central player reached base at least once during an 8-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday.

    Shawn Meyer started for Post 519 and struck out 11 before being replaced on the mound after 6 1/3 innings of work. Luke Krajefska finished out the game, inducing a fielder's choice and striking out the final batter.