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Today's News

  • Christmastime in Vandalia
  • Vandalia hosts heritage coalition meeting

    Though Congress established a 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area more than two years ago, a series of public meetings was held in Vandalia and four other Illinois cities last week to determine what to do with that designation.
    In Vandalia, the meeting last Thursday allowed public officials and interested citizens to learn more about the heritage area concept and brainstorm about Vandalia’s part in it.

  • Judge Schwarm receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    S. Gene Schwarm, resident circuit judge for Fayette County and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at its Midyear Meeting last Friday at a noon luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
    Schwarm received the award in recognition of his many years of devotion to promoting a strong and independent judiciary and in appreciation for his time and valuable contributions to the Illinois judiciary.

  • Slow starts doom Lady Vandals in two losses

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team scored no more than 20 points in the first half of losses to Neoga and Hillsboro last week.

    Against Hillsboro last Thursday, the Vandals fell behind 30-14 at halftime. They did score 25 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the early deficit in a 60-52 loss.

    On Saturday, Vandalia traveled to Neoga and held a 20-18 halftime lead, but the Indians scored 36 second-half points en route to a 54-44 win.

  • Farm Briefs

    'Women in Ag' gives girls career options

    Illinois Agri-Women will host its second annual “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” career event on Friday, March 4, in Bloomington.

  • Website adds content from AgriCharts

     AgriCharts, the agricultural division of Barchart.com Inc., which provides market data, agribusiness website hosting and technology solutions to the agricultural industry, today announced that farmdoc, a University of Illinois Extension project started in 1999, has added market data, news and weather provided by AgriCharts to its website (www.farmdoc.illinois.edu).

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau Recognized

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau was honored for its achievements during 2010 at the recent annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The local group was recognized with a gold award for achieving its membership quota and a bronze award for its efforts to promote ag literacy. Fayette County Farm Bureau President Ken Cripe, right, accepted the award from Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil Nelson, left. The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers that represents about two-thirds of Illinois farmers.

  • Agriculture in Classroom materials going high-tech

    What do soybeans and smart boards have in common? A new, high-tech curriculum from Illinois Agriculture In the Classroom, is designed to use farm-based themes to teach grade-school children, as well as help fourth- and sixth-grade students prepare for their Illinois Standards Achievement Tests.

  • Seven file for aldermanic seats in Vandalia

    Seven individuals ­– including three incumbents – wasted no time in getting on the ballot for Vandalia’s municipal election in the spring.
    The filing period for the spring election got under way on Monday morning, and right away, an aldermanic race was formed in one of Vandalia’s four wards.
    Up for election in the spring are four four-year terms, one in each of the wards, and a two-year term in Ward IV.
    In Ward I, those filing petitions included incumbent Bret Brosman, Jason Paslay and Kenneth Hubler.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Dec. 16, 2010

    • Joshua D. Wilson, 36, Cowden, was arrested on Dec. 13 for failure to appear in court on a charge of allowing a dog to run at large. Bond was $2,500.
    • Timothy D. Cox, 20, 105 S. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 13 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, resisting a peace officer and using an unlawful license plate. Bond was $3,000.
    • Gerald R. Stine, 18, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 12 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and improper lane usage. Bond was $1,500.