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Today's News

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 1

    UMP DIRTcar Modified Division 27 cars

    Heat 1
    1. 41M Brent Mullins
    2. 16 Rusty Griffaw
    3. 49 Craig Kern
    4. 1* Aaron Draege

    Heat 2
    1. 20 Cody Clark
    2. 21S Denny Schwartz
    3. G1 Gabe Menser
    4. 11X Ed Roley

    Heat 3
    1. 24H Mike Harrison
    2. 11 Kelly Devall
    3. 43A Michael Bolyard
    4. 25 Brent Keyes

    Dash
    1. 24H Mike Harrison
    2. 41M Brent Mullins
    3. 21S Denny Schwartz
    4. 20 Cody Clark

  • Route 51 community group reorganizes

    Illinois Department of Transportation officials had scheduled a meeting last Wednesday in Vandalia to explain to northside neighborhood residents why the two Ill. Route 51 bypass routes IDOT selected are the best alternatives for the city.
    But opposition among local citizens and in the local media led them to rethink that plan before the meeting got under way.

  • FOD half way to goal for phase two

    The Field of Dreams committee announced at its monthly meeting on Tuesday night that it is "over the hump," in fund rasing for phase two of the high school diamond construction.
    Luke Hohlt, VCHS baseball coach, gave a report showing that the committee has raised $39,565, with $25,640 of the money already in the Old Capital Fund account. More than $13,900 has been pledged to be given in the next 12 months.
    The group still needs $25,384.75 in hand to hit its goal of $51,024.75.

  • Beating the heat by staying active

    Tennis lessons - With the high temperatures and humidity, many are staying in the cool air-conditioning of their homes and hoping the heat wave moves through the area as soon as possible.

  • City says owner required to maintain Randolph crossing

    Vandalia officials have been fielding a number of complaints about the condition of a rail crossing on one of the town’s busiest streets, the chairman of the city council’s street committee said on Monday.
    And the city has determined, Alderman Bret Brosman said at Monday’s city council meeting, that the city is not responsible for repairs to that crossing.
    Brosman said the complaints have been about the condition of the crossing on Randolph Street near Culbertson’s Heating & Cooling and Vandalia Warehouse.

  • NY man making cross-country trip on mower stops in Vandalia

    For the past 75 days, Lucas Van Engen has seen America like few people ever will – from the seat of a garden tractor.
    Beginning on May 15 in Santa Monica, Calif., Van Engen has traversed nearly two-thirds the width of the continent – more than 2,000 miles so far – on a Sears Craftsman garden tractor. Powered by a 26-horsepower Kohler engine, the GT 5000 series tractor has held up just fine; perhaps better than Van Engen.

  • Greenville Museum holds Heritage Days

    The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville held its annual Heritage Days celebration over the weekend, drawing large crowds to view hundreds of tractors and other types of farm implements, as well as various activities. The event included field demonstrations with classic tractors. Jimmy Kinnard is shown taking his granddaughter, 5-year-old Abigail Kinnard for a ride while he plows. Also shown is the museum's main building, which was recently enclosed and equipped with geo-thermal heating and cooling units.

  • Don Etcheson looks back on the days of his youth

    “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Last week,Etcheson began sharing his story of his childhood days in Shafter Township. He continues sharing memories this week, beginning with his family's move to Vandalia.
    The Move from Shafter to Vandalia
    Don said his dad sold the store to Don Satterthwaite, and they left Shafter in 1945.

  • Decker — Hunt

     Deborah Charmaine Decker and Stephen Lee Hunt were united in marriage at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Lincoln Park in Zionsville, Ind., with Dr. Barton Updike officiating double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy and the late Arlie R. White of Indiana.
    The groom is the son of Raymond and Tonya Hunt of Fort Wayne, Ind. The late grandparents of the groom, Iona and Lee Hunt of Ramsey, and Hazel and Floyd Little of Vandalia, were honored during the ceremony and reception.

  • Main Street plans restructuring

    In the face of funding cuts from the city of Vandalia and difficult economic conditions, the board of directors of Vandalia Main Street this week issued a press release affirming its intention to continue the organization – albeit in a scaled-down version.
    As a result, the organization will be “restructuring its dues, membership structure and administrative operations to better meet the needs of donors and offer better value for their investment,” according to a press release issued by Josh Henry, Vandalia Main Street board president.