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Today's News

  • A success in many ways

    When it took over the area recycling program, FAYCO Enterprises acknowledged that the success of the program would depend on the participation of local residents.
    As the one-year anniversary of program under FAYCO’s coordination nears, that success can be measured in a number of ways, including the manner in which it can serve its clients.
    “It’s going really, really well,” said Kim Taylor, director of finance and support at FAYCO, a sheltered workshop that has served area individuals with disabilities since the mid-1970s.

  • Hollmans impacted Vandalia, Galena

    Last month, my friend Rita and I spent a girls' get-away weekend in Galena.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 30, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured about 40 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were-June 30, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Deliberating less than 50 minutes, a Christian County jury found 41-year-old Rocky Bennyhoff guilty of reckless homicide for his part in an October 1995 wreck that caused the deaths of 19-year-olds Leigh-Ann Metzger and Kelly Horton, both of Vandalia. A prosecution expert testified that his study showed Bennyhoff had about 24 beers prior to the accident.
    Carey Oldfield of Vandalia was crowned the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair. Samantha Morrison won the Little Miss crown.

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    This weekend, our nation will pause to celebrate our freedom and independence. With fireworks, picnics and a day off work, we'll revel in the heritage that makes the American experience unique among nations.
    We'll have ceremonies that recall the lofty goals and sturdy faith that characterized our founding fathers. We'll have fireworks that parallel the spontaneous celebrations that erupted when the Declaration of Independence was inked.

  • Blagojevich verdict sends a message

    For too long, he thought he was the Teflon governor. He could do whatever was politically expedient, but nothing would stick.
    On Monday, Rod Blagojevich found out differently. It stuck all over him. He was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of miscellaneous corruption charges and undoubtedly will spend several years behind bars for his abuse of power and his attempts to use his public office for personal gain.

  • VCHS Hall of Fame inductees announced

    The 2011 inductees into the Vandalia Community High School Hall of Fame were announced this week.

    Joining the Hall of Fame are:

    • Rachel Bell-2005 graduate

    • Josie Earnest-2005 graduate

    • Dana Kirk-2005 graduate

    • Gretchen (Schneider) Bland-1998 graduate

  • KICK classes in June at Vandalia KC Campus

    June classes for the Kids in College at KC (KICK) program include:

    Starting Monday, June 27:

    -Tie-dye T-Shirt making for students in grades K-8, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon.

    -Get up, Get Out and Go Play for students in grades 1-5 is from 1-4 p.m. and for students in grades 6-8, Monday and Tuesday, 8-10 a.m.

    -DNA Detective for students in sixth grade and above, Monday and Wednesday, 1-4 p.m.

  • KICK classes at KC Vandalia Campus

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College has announced the schedule for KICK classes to be held in July at the Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia.

    • Storytellin' – Each day students will explore great children's books with fun and exciting activities, including puppetry, creative dramatics, movement, music and crafts.

  • Winners of art shows announced

    The 2011 Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show were held this past weekend at Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum.