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Today's News

  • County action allows new sidewalks in Brownstown

    Action by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday allows the village of Brownstown to move forward with a sidewalk replacement project.
    The board approved a sidewalk easement for the village, which plans to take out existing sidewalks on Main Street near the elementary and junior high-high school campus and construct new sidewalks along College Avenue, according to Dan Fisher of John Crawford and Associates, the village’s engineering firm.

  • After teaching, Beulah Brown serves the community

     Decsribed in the scripture is “a worthy woman,” quoted here, in part, who “works with her hands in delight,”  “brings food,” “stretches out her hand to the needy,”  “strength and dignity are her clothing,” “smiles at the future,” “opens her mouth in wisdom,” “the teaching of kindness is on her tongue,” “does not eat the bread of idleness,” …  “for her worth is far above jewels."

  • Concessions allow city to fill dispatcher position

    The union representing city’s police and fire dispatchers agreed to concessions as a Vandalia city council committee dealt with personnel matters on Tuesday.
    The council’s personnel and finance committee met in closed session with police and telecommunicator union representatives, then approved some employment moves after returning to open session.

  • School board fills vacancies, gets grant for free meals at Jefferson

    The Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Monday approved several personnel items that needed to be in place at the start of the upcoming school year.
    The board took the following action:
    • Employed Brooke Hoene of Teutopolis as the high school chemistry teacher to replace Nick Niemerg, who last month was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School.
    • Recalled RIF teacher Robyn Demoulin for second grade.

  • Slover stays on as Brownstown superintendent

    The Brownstown School District will have a familiar face behind the superintendent’s desk at the start of the new school year.

  • And the Band Played On ...

    Senior Abby Hickerson of the Vandalia Community High School band practices marching during band camp last week. The band's first pre-game and halftime performances will be on Sept. 9, when the VCHS varsity football squad plays its home opener.

  • Senior Spotlight: Derrick Herker

    Not too many people are blessed with the opportunity to become a professional golfer.

    But that hasn’t stopped Derrick Herker from giving the idea some thought.

    The Vandalia High School senior knows he would be a longshot to make the PGA Tour and isn’t even sure if he will try to play on the Amateur Tour after college, but when talking about his dream of becoming a pro on Monday morning, Herker’s eyes lit up with excitement.

  • Field of Dreams committee wants new backstop

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday will search for an answer as to why the Park District will not allow the chain-link fence backstop at the Vandalia High School softball field to be replaced with brick and netting.

    During the Field of Dreams meeting on Tuesday, committee members discussed the positives of upgrading the backstop to match the style of the high school baseball diamond, while wondering what the real problem with doing the work is.

  • Harmeier prepping for first KC season

    The journey to see if Derek Harmeier will become the fourth South Central player to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team will begin this fall at Kaskaskia College.

    The 2011 South Central graduate will be pitching for the Blue Devils for the next two seasons, and he said the preparations for a KC fall season are not as demanding as they were in high school.

    Once spring rolls around, however, that will change.

  • Vandalia team holds Golf-a-Thon

    The Vandalia High School golf team held a Golf-a-Thon fundraiser on Monday morning, during which players received donations for each hole they played to put toward the purchase of their uniform shirts for the fall season.

    The Vandals open the season on Monday at East Alton-Wood River.