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Today's News

  • Local youth not only overcomes adversity...

    Colton Edwards was diagnosed with pseudathrosis when he was only three months old, and eight months later, his lower right leg was amputated at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

  • School officials watch fuel, utility costs closely

    Though the Vandalia Community School District’s fund balances remain strong, district officials are paying close attention to fuel and utility expenses as the price of oil skyrockets.
    “We’re keeping an eye on fuel prices because they are high-dollar items and because they are so volatile,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting.
    “Compared to our budgeted amounts, we’ll still come in under budget. But trying to project our actual expenses is like trying to hit a moving target.”

  • Murder trial pushed back to May

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a couple who lived near him has been pushed back to the end of May.
    At a court hearing on Tuesday, Judge Michael McHaney set the new trial date for Clifford Baker, a 16-year-old who is charged with fatally shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home last August. The trial is now set to begin on May 31.
    Last Friday, McHaney denied a motion by Baker’s attorneys to suppress statements made by the teen several hours after he allegedly murdered the couple.

  • Free Lions diabetic screening is next Wednesday

    A free diabetic retinopathy screening for persons with diabetes, or those at risk for diabetes, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon next Wednesday at the office of Dr. Kevin Childers, 2202 W. Randolph St., Vandalia.
    The screening is coordinated by the Vandalia Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation, and is made possible through donations made to the Lions by the public.

  • Applications for Scarpaci Foundation funds now being accepted

    April 2 is the approaching deadline for the Scarpaci Foundation applications.
    On May 24, 1989, a board of directors met at the First National Bank of Vandalia to organize and approve the bylaws for the Joe and Elwena Scarpaci Foundation.
    Mrs. Scarpaci had noticed and was impressed by the record of the Ruemmelin Foundation, which was established in 1978, and decided upon a similar trust in her and her husband’s names.

  • School board handles personnel matters

    The Vandalia Board of Education took the following action at its meeting on Tuesday.
    • Approved resignations of Brianne Henry (OKAW and VCHS) and James Moore (VCHS).
    • Approved the planned retirements of Russ Smock (Sept. 30, 2014), Mike Hicks (June 30, 2014), Kevin Schroeder (June 2015), Kim Schroeder (June 2016), Connie Lamb (June 2014), John Tedrick (June 2016) and Emma Sue Rabe (June 2015).

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-March 17, 2011

    • Reginald G. Parris, 39, Bainbridge, Ga., was arrested on March 8 for driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Mark A. White, 35, Janesville, Wis., was arrested on March 8 for failure to appear in court on a theft charge. Bond was $1,500, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Joseph L. Deckard, 21, Bridgeport, was arrested on March 7 on a felony contempt of court warrant from Lawrence County. Bond was $15,000.

  • Community Calendar-March 17, 2011

    Thursday, March 17

    ✔ The 17th annual Antique Tractor Show sponsored by the Old National Trail 2-Cylinder Club, East Central Illinois 2-Cylinder Club and County Line Sodbusters, will be held at Village Square Mall on U.S. Route 45 south of Effingham through Sunday. To display tractors or equipment, call Steve or Norm Miller at 483-6241.
    ✔ 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.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

    Meet in West Frankfort
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter met their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., in West Frankfort on Friday evening. They ate dinner together, then brought home Mahala’s pet chinchilla for the week while she attends a Farm Bureau conference in Washington, D.C.