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Today's News

  • Despite slow start, crops progressing well

    Corn planted in Illinois in 2011 is estimated at 12.5 million acres, down 300,000 acres from the March Prospective Plantings Report, and down 100,000 acres from last year.
    Acreage planted to biotechnology varieties is estimated at 86 percent of the total acreage, up from 82 percent last year. Bt varieties account for 14 percent, herbicide-resistant varieties account for 17 percent and stacked-gene varieties account for 55 percent.
    Planting got off to a slow start in 2011. As of May 1, just 10 percent of the crop was planted, 36 points behind the five-year average.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 7, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, a native of Oklahoma, moved to Brownstown during the oil boom in the late 1930s. He played baseball for the Bombers and married a girl from Vandalia. They had two girls and one boy. Now, he  goes to Southern Texas in the winters.

  • The Way We Were-July 7, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • James Lafayette Pryor murder is solved

    James Lafayette Pryor was murdered in the early morning of Dec. 17, 1899, while he slept.
    What made the killing of Pryor most unusual and mysterious was that sleeping beside him in the bed at the time of the incident were his wife, Lydia, and 11-year-old son, Grover.

  • Would've been nice to get bids for trash pickup

    In the near future, Vandalia officials will be deciding on a new contract for residential garbage pickup that includes rate increases in each of the five years of that agreement. Unfortunately, it's likely that we won't be able to determine whether the city could have gotten a better deal.
    The city council’s cemetery and landfill committee agreed on Monday to support a new five-year contract with Doty Sanitation Service, which has provided the service since 1999.

  • Talking Tourism

    Two representatives of the new Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth met with members of the Vandalia Tourism Committee and a group of Vandalia merchants last Thursday to talk about how the bureau can help the city and its merchants promote its special events and tourism attractions.

  • Lighting Up the Sky

    The Vandalia Lions Club sponsored the Fourth of July fireworks over Vandalia Lake on Saturday night.

  • News Briefs-July 7, 2011

    Reunion reservation deadline is July 9

    The Brownstown Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The reunion will begin with registration and a get re-aquainted time from 4-6 pm. There is no charge for the social hour.
    Serving for the meal will begin at 6 p.m. and requires reservations by July 9 to guarantee seating with each person’s graduating class. The cost of the meal is $12 per person.

  • Marriage Licenses-July 7, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Jeffrey Timothy Kandel
    Vernon
    Priscilla Annette Lout
    Vernon
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    Charles Junior Mefford Jr.
    St. Elmo
    Marcella Elaine Guthrie
    St. Elmo
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    Curtis Aaron Henna
    Vandalia
    Savannah Joy Schaal
    Vandalia
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    Martin Francis Huskey
    Vandalia
    Nancy Ann Crye
    Vandalia
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    Adrian Santos Jr.
    Clinton

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-July 7, 2011

    • Jamesetta L. Brown, 25, Mt. Vernon, was arrested on July 4 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on July 4 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal consumption of alcohol. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on July 2 on a charge of possession of drug equipment. Bond was $1,000.