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Today's News

  • Sunshine Week promotes more open government

    Nearly a century ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis stated that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
    Though he was referring to the need for scrutiny into the corruption that was prevalent in the large business monopolies of that time, his sunlight reference has been adopted in recent years by the media and others concerned about the need for the sun to shine into the workings of our government.

  • Radliffs were early county settlers

    Nearly 20 years ago, I was in one of the local antique shops on Gallatin Street when two large portraits caught my eye. The portraits, created in charcoal and pencil, obviously by the same hand, were framed and in very good condition.

  • Ricketts credits mom's prayers for help from God

    As the Easter season draws near, the Lenten Luncheons are being held every Wednesday, beginning this week at First Christian Church in Vandalia with the Rev. John Glennon of the Parkview Methodist Church as the first speaker.

  • 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.