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Today's News

  • Thursday update: Prosecution in murder trial close to wrapping up its case

    Attorneys for the Loogootee teen accused of murdering a neighbor couple and attacking another neighbor are expected to begin presenting Clifford Baker's defense on Friday morning.

    As the trial recessed for lunch on Thursday, Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel told trial Judge Michael McHaney that he expected to wrap up the prosecution's case by the end of the day.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 18, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Roger Gottman, 27, of St. Elmo, died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a train as he was crossing railroad tracks in St. Elmo.
    The Vandalia Community High School football team opened its season with a 38-6 win over Carlyle.
    David and Eileen Brown of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Residents' impact felt after they moved

    Last week, I told the story of James Thomas Burbridge Stapp, who after living the first 41 years of his life in Vandalia, took his ideas and dollars – 20,000 of them – and moved to Decatur.

  • Return of Pre-K to help students

    A safety-net program that for years had provided early intervention for at-risk students but was dropped last year when state funding dried up, has now been reinstated.
    At least for a year.
    A state grant that will fund the Pre-K program has allowed the Vandalia school district to bring back the program, albeit in a reduced format. About 40 area students will benefit from the program that is designed to get them up to speed and ready to start school with their peers.
    The grant also funds smaller Pre-K programs in Brownstown, Ramsey and St. Elmo.

  • News Briefs Aug. 18

    BHS class of 2001 planning reunion

    The Brownstown High School class of 2001 will hold its 10-year reunion at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in the meeting room at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Each person will be responsible for paying for his or her meal. Spouses and other guests are invited.
    For more information, contact Kassie Washburn Austin at 1-217-240-6007.

    Final Midnight Madness is Friday

  • 2011 Vandalia available the week of Aug. 29

    2011 Vandalois available on Aug. 29

    Copies of the 2011 Vandalia Community High School yearbook will be handed out the week of Aug. 29. Copies of the Vandalois may be picked up between 11 a.m. and noon in the cafeteria, or before or after school in the VCHS office.
    For more information, contact Amy Vieregge at 283-5155 or e-mail her at avieregge@vandals.k12.us.
     

  • City about ready to bid more streetscape work

    The city of Vandalia will be ready to put out for bid in the near future the streetscape improvements project in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street.
    That project will include a new road surface and a number of streetscape features that have been done on Gallatin from Third to Seventh streets, including new sidewalks, period lighting, brick strips and dogwood trees.

  • Community Calendar-Aug. 18, 2011

    Thursday, August 18

    ✔ Historical Vandalia is sponsoring a carnival in the field next to Los Amigos Restaurant on Veterans Avenue through Saturday. The carnival opens at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Armband Night is Thursday from 6-10 p.m., with an unlimited ride armband available for $16.
    ✔ 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.

  • School board discusses finances, the startup of a new school year

    In its final meeting before the beginning of the new school year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday breezed through a 35-minute meeting that centered on reports from building administrators about registration and startup of activities throughout the district.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that, as is typical during summer months, the district spent more money than it took in during July. Operating expenditures for July were $948,723, while revenues of only $237,271 trickled in.

  • Chuck, Patricia Jones enjoy sailing venture

    Charles Melvin “Chuck” Jones had always felt that he would like to sail, but never had the opportunity to even be on a sailboat until his wife, Patricia, won one in 1995.