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Today's News

  • Extension is restructuring

    A few days after University of Illinois Extension announced a new administrative structure, the local Extension director said the public won’t notice many differences at the local office.

    In response to cuts in state funding, U of I Extension put together a new map designating how local Extension programs will be administered. The state’s current fiscal year ends in June, and Extension has yet to receive any state funds for this fiscal year.

  • Carson's essay wins at district level

    Katie Carson’s winning essay for the “Patriot’s Pen” contest, which is held every year by the Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770, went on to win the District 12 competition.

    Katie, the daughter of Duane and Tammy Carson, is an eighth-grader at Brownstown Junior High School. She said that her writing was partially inspired by the return home from the service of a friend, Travis.

    “The town escorted him home and had an appreciation party for him,” she said.

  • FCH continuing on an upward trend

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday heard that the hospital’s financial condition continues on a strong upward trend after cost-cutting measures were taken last fall.

    “The hospital’s volumes are fairly close to budgeted volumes and to what they were last year,” said CEO Greg Starnes.

    “There has been a great deal of attention to expense reductions and controls, as well as a focus on getting bills sent and money collected.

    "As a result, the hospital has realized profits greater than budgeted.”

  • UPDATED: Area softball and baseball results and upcoming games

    Area Softball Results

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Anthony 1, Vandalia 0

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Elmo 13, Stew-Stras 2

    Tuesday, May 18, Mt. Olive at Ramsey at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19,  Mulberry Grove vs. (winner of Mt. Olive/Ramsey) at Nokomis at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19, Windsor 8, St. Elmo 7

    Wednesday, May 19, South Central 8, Noble 5

    Saturday, May 22, South Central in Regional Championship at 11 a.m. at Clay City

    Area Baseball Results

  • BREAKING NEWS: Osorio and Cowger headed to state

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger qualified for state on Friday.

    Osorio is headed to Charleston for the second consecutive year in the high jump. He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches at the Robinson Sectional, placing second.

    Cowger, who missed state by a couple of inches last spring is headed there next week after placing third in the shot put, with a throw of 50 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

    In addition to sending two athletes to state, Vandalia set two new school records.

  • Aunt Dorothy transformed broken dolls

    In 1987, Dorothy Ridlen became a member of our family.

    Aunt Dorothy had been widowed for a number of years when she met great-uncle Wilbur Meyer at a Primitive Baptist Association meeting.

    Wilbur was 78 at the time, and also widowed. The two hit it off, and a year later they were married.

    Before her retirement, Aunt Dorothy worked as a licensed practical nurse in Granite City. While living there, she became interested in dolls and doll repair. Many china head dolls became display items once again after Aunt Dorothy rebuilt their bodies and sewed new clothes.

  • Congrats to the class of 2010!

    As area high school seniors prepare to close out their high school days, we offer our congratulations – and we urge them on to even greater accomplishments.

    Graduating from high school is a great thing, a milestone to be celebrated. Along the way, many area students have distinguished themselves in the classroom, as well as by excelling in extracurricular activities and in the athletic arena. Those activities produce learning opportunities that can’t be duplicated in the classroom.

  • Smith's essay wins local VFW contest

    “Does America Still Have Heroes?” was the intriguing question asked, and answered, by Brownstown High School senior Connor Smith in the essay he wrote for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual “Voice of Democracy” student contest.

    Connor’s entry won the local award presented by the Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

    The 18-year-old son of Stan and Lana Smith is a member of this year’s graduating class at Brownstown High School. 

  • Council OKs Coles Street change order

    In an abbreviated meeting that lasted only 35 minutes, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a minor change order on the Coles Street paving project and heard a positive report about the sale at auction of several used city vehicles.

    The $2,143.11 change order was presented to the council by Scott Hunt of Hurst-Rosche Engineers.

  • Superintendent hopeful that school district will get more state funds before end of fiscal year

    Though the Vandalia School District has received only one of four categorical payments due it from the state, Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night that he anticipates one more payment will be received before the fiscal year ends June 30.

    “The Illinois Board of Education is telling us that we will not get the second and third payments, but we’re likely to get the fourth payment,” Well said, noting that the state currently owes the district $800,000.