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Today's News

  • Many challenges ahead in 2011

    We are coming to the end of a year that has been tough for many individuals, businesses and governmental entities.
    In 2010, we experienced individuals directed to take furlough days, being laid off or losing their jobs as the struggle to get our economy back on strong footing continues. Local business owners continued to be impacted by the economy, and several fires put a major hurt on our downtown business district.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 30, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A space heater was believed to be the cause of a fire which gutted the building on North Eighth Street housing the Sunshine House Health Food store. Vandalia firefighters battled extremely cold weather in putting out the blaze.
    The Fayette County Board continued to study the county’s need for more space. The board met in closed session for about 40 minutes to discuss property acquisition.
    Andrea Lilly and Nick Hopfensperger were winners of “I Dare You” leadership awards.

    20 Years Ago

  • "The Year of the Deep Snow"

    Hughea Davenport was not a resident of our county, but his descendents were. It is through the late Berle Mattes that I received a copy of a memoir, written in May 1876 by his great-grandfather Davenport.
    Hughea was 12 years old when he came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1824, settling with his family six miles west of the hamlet of Springfield, which Hughea told consisted of eight to 10 houses, several stores –  including one with a whiskey barrel owned by Herndon – and the Capps brothers’ hardware and shoe shop.

  • Jr. Club Wrestling (Dec. 26)

    Sunday, Dec. 26
    at Granite City
    6-and-under
    Connor Ray, Second Place

    9- and 10-year-olds
    Garret Stewart, Fifth Place

    11- and 12-year-olds
    Anthony Enlow, Fifth Place
    Chaston Womack, Fifth Place
    Kolten Kaiser, Sixth Place
    James Crawford, Sixth Place

  • Longtime Vandalia bowler featured by USBC

    Longtime Vandalia resident and league bowler Farrell Gruenbaum, seen below, second from the left, with teammates at the 1970 Women's International Bowling Congress tournament in Tulsa, Okla., was recently the subject of a feature article by the United States Bowling Congress. The article was published on the USBC's website, www.bowl.com. Gruenbaum bowled in leagues for more than 80 years and will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 19.

  • South Central girls winless at Dieterich

    The South Central High School girls basketball team was 0-3 at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament through Tuesday.

    On Tuesday, the Cougars lost to North Clay, 40-33.

    Senior Alexis Phillips scored all 18 of her points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter as South Central tried to overcome a small deficit.

    North Clay, however, used double-team defense against senior Ashley Pollard, limiting her to just eight points in the game.

  • Brownstown girls 1-1 at Okaw Valley

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team lost to Mt. Zion, 63-36, on the second day of the Okaw Valley Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.

    Mt. Zion scored 22 first-quarter points and led the Bombers by 10 at halftime. It again posted 22 points in the third quarter, pushing its lead to  49-26.

    Senior Abby Hill led Brownstown with 15 points and four rebounds.

    On Monday, the Bombers defeated Deland-Weldon, 52-29, in their opening game of the tournament.

    Senior Morgan Myers paced the Bombers with 18 points and eight rebounds.

  • Vandalia Holiday Tournament wide open after two days

    The Vandalia Holiday Tournament opened with plenty of excitement on Monday.

    After two days, the tournament standings are:

    1. Flora is 3-0
    2. Wesclin is 3-0
    3. Pana is 3-0
    4. Vandalia is 3-0
    5. Altamont is 1-2
    6. Stew-Stras is 0-2
    7. St. Elmo is 0-3
    8. Greenville is 0-3
    9. Shelbyville is 1-2
    10. South Central is 0-2

  • Crown Point Church offers live nativity scene

    Through the ages, the faces and sounds of Christmas have been at the traditional nativity manger scene. The songs have described the appearance of angels and the lowing of the cattle.
    Over the years, in the church and Sunday school Christmas plays, the different faces around the manger have been many and of various ages. It is likely that many young children learned the names of animals such as the camels, sheep and donkeys from the representations of the manger scene.

  • Statehouse will hold Lincoln Farewell reading

    The day before it hosts the Lincoln’s Birthday celebration, the Vandalia Statehouse will be among the state historic sites participating in an effort to set a world record.
    The 150th anniversary observance of the Civil War begins on Feb. 11, exactly 150 years after Abraham Lincoln left Springfield on his inaugural journey as president-elect to Washington, D.C.