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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-May 19, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Marlys Hayner was the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
    Jennifer Warden of Vandalia Community High School was awarded a volleyball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
    Mandi Langston earned a dental hygienist degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
    Tony Eckhardt was trapped under an overturned tractor for about eight hours, digging himself out with a screwdriver and a lid from an insect repellent can.

  • Steinhauers left big impression on Fayette County

    Within the 20-year period between 1840 and 1860, five young men named Steinhauer settled in Vandalia.  They included Michael and Daniel, who were brothers, and Jacob, Frank and Fred, also brothers and nephews or cousins of Michael and Daniel.

  • City is making progress toward balanced budget

    One thing can be said for the city of Vandalia – it has always had as a priority maintaining its infrastructure and providing residents with an array of services.
    The same cannot be said about a number of other communities. For example, while the city of Vandalia can annually account for close to 100 percent of the water going through its water distribution system, another town in the region recently reported that it could not – due to aging infrastructure – account for about 40 percent of the water going through its system.

  • News Briefs_May 19, 2011

    Relay karaoke contest is next Thursday

     

    A Fayette County Relay for Life karaoke contest will be held next Thursday evening in Lincoln Park in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the entry fee is $10, with cash prizes to be awarded.

    Participants may call 425-3843 or 704-5293 to confirm song availability or they may provide their own karaoke CD.

    Seating is limited, so those planning to attend should take lawn chairs. Concessions will be available.

  • Roadblock Day Proclamation

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Southern and Central Illinois Laborers' Roadblock Day.

    On Saturday, members of Laborers' Local 1197 will be collecting  donations to assist disabled children. Above, Gottman (center) is shown with Joe Hill (left), field representative for Laborers' Local 1197, and Ted Miller, local shop steward.

  • Dogs are welcome visitors at Friendship Manor

    Two ambassadors of good will and warm, fuzzy feelings are on duty four to five days a week at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in St. Elmo.

  • City continues to work on trimming budget

    As Vandalia officials continue their work toward producing a balanced budget, the city’s finances continue to be the main topic of discussion at city council meetings.

  • Teen's fitness for trial to be argued again

    An attorney representing a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple last fall will ask the court to again consider whether the teen is fit to stand trial.

  • VJHS principal accepts superintendent position

    In an hour-long meeting – half of which was occupied by a closed-session meeting on personnel matters – the Vandalia Board of Education approved the hiring of two high school staffers and accepted the resignations of three others.

  • Schedule changes at South Central

    The regional tournament game between South Central and North Clay softball that was originally scheduled to be played in St. Peter has been moved to Louisville.

    The baseball game between South Central and Flora has been moved from Kinmundy to Flora.