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  • Community Calendar-May 5, 2011

    Thursday, May 5

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • At the age of 99, Bingaman looks back on her life

    “With love, you can do almost anything.” Those wise words were spoken by Lucille Bingaman, whose appearance, intelligence, conversation and quiet sense of humor belie her age of 99 years.

  • SmartBoard of Education

    If you walk by a classroom at Brownstown Elementary School and hear the sound of race cars, it doesn’t mean that students in the class are watching a NASCAR race. It’s all of the students finding out how they completed a class exercise.

  • City fights to keep tax money from state

    As they work to finalize a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, Vandalia officials are unhappy that state legislators are talking about taking away some of the city’s revenues.
    Mayor Rick Gottman asked city aldermen, including four who were attending their first meeting, to join him in signing letters to members of the Illinois General Assembly.
    In those letters, the city opposes a proposal that calls for the state to retain all or some of the state income tax money that now goes to municipalities.

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 5, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured about 65 years ago, grew up south of Bluff City. He had a career in the Navy,  retired and moved back to the family farm.

  • The Way We Were-May 5, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • Get rid of junk during annual cleanup week

    Are you wondering what it’d be like to be able to park your car in the garage again?
    Are you sick of looking at that old green refrigerator sitting in the back yard?
    Are you tired of trying to make a discarded air conditioner look like modern art in your flower bed?
    Well, hope is on the way.
    Next week, Vandalia residents will be able to dispose of old appliances and other large items through the city’s annual Cleanup Week.

  • 'French 500' had connection in Fayette

    One of the “perks” of being involved in history and historical research is that, from time to time, I am contacted by people with fascinating stories about their Fayette County family.

  • Lady Vandals place seventh at SCC Championships

    CARLINVILLE – Led by two second-place finishes from sophomore Sierah Ruffner, the Vandalia girls track team finished seventh at the South Central Conference Championships on Tuesday, with 28 points.

    The meet also marked the final SCC Championships for Vandalia coach Mike Travelstead.

    “I didn’t think about, but I guess it is,” he said. “It’s starting to sink in; 23 years is a long time. I’ve enjoyed it.”

  • Senior Spotlight: Christina Pennington

    CARLINVILLE – Christina Pennington was never going to be tall.

    “It was given that I’d be short,” she said. “It’s in the family genes. If I want to be taller, I wear my heels.”

    The 4-foot-11 senior hasn’t let that deter her from pursuing an athletic career, however, and even though she is rarely among the top finishers, she is one of the most important athletes on Vandalia’s girls track team.