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Today's News

  • Newspaper Week a chance to reflect on changes

    Given the roller-coaster ride that those of us in the media have been on this past year, it’s more appropriate than ever to pause and take a deep breath during National Newspaper Week.

    And as we do, it’s time to take stock of this always fascinating but sometimes maddening institution in which we toil.

  • Vandalia opts for 'local,' not cheaper

    A Vandalia contracting firm won a six-figure city contract Monday, after officials rejected two lower bids in favor of keeping jobs here.

    “We need to make sure we look highly at the local men and women,” Mayor Ricky Gottman said, after aldermen voted 5-3 against accepting an Okawville-based contractor’s bid to perform a sanitary sewer extension project on West Main Street.

  • Smiles all around

    It’s only one hour a week. But, the smiles that fill the room tell you it is one very big hour in many people’s lives.

    The gathering in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia last Monday was much like every other Evergreen Outreach session.

    There was singing, clapping, dancing, card-playing and, of course, a lot of smiling.

  • Thursday at 4:40 p.m.-Motown asks for more time to secure funding

    The Michigan-based firm that plans to build $300-million sports and entertainment complex on Vandalia’s west side has asked the city for time to secure funding for the project.

    Under a contract approved in May, Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc., had until Thursday to provide city officials with proof that they had secured funding for the project.

  • Fayette County Hospital making cuts

    In response to declining revenues, rising expenses and lagging reimbursements, the chief executive officer of Fayette County Hospital on Monday announced an extensive slate of cost-cutting measures designed to save the hospital $500,000 over the next three months.

    Greg Starnes said that all of the hospital’s 320 employees would share in the cuts, which will go into effect Oct. 1.

  • Family YMCA moving forward on plans for new facility

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County this week announced that it will move forward with plans to construct a $1.2-million building in Vandalia.

    The 14,560-square-foot building will include a full-size gymnasium, a weightlifting and cardio area, a walking track, a multi-purpose room and locker rooms. It will be located on a 4-acre tract of land behind Miller Field, across Rock Island Avenue east of the Vandalia campus of Kaskaskia College.

  • Taylor family known for construction

    Leroy “Bud” Taylor has been a “builder” most of his life. The Taylor name has long been synonymous with integrity, honesty and dependability in the business of construction, whether it be a church, houses, businesses or various other jobs handled by Taylor Construction.

    “Bud” shares his story, which also proves to be a tribute to his late father, Forrest Taylor, another well-known and respected name in Fayette County.

    Meet Bud and Mary Ann Taylor as they welcome us into their lovely Vandalia home.

    Bud’s Early Memories

  • Big third quarter keeps Vandals in the game, fourth quarter turnovers keep them from winning

    As the Vandalia High School football team rode into Litchfield on Friday afternoon, the Vandals were greeted with sign along the streets and in front lawns reading “Go Panthers” and “Beat the Vandals.” Once inside Litchfield’s stadium, the crowd was just as enthusiastic. The stands were packed and fans lined the outside of the fence, standing on cars to watch the game. The Panthers were celebrating homecoming on Friday, and the Vandals gave Litchfield a scare on one of its biggest home games of the year.

  • Ramsey ends season with win over St. Elmo

    Entering Monday afternoon's game, Ramsey's record sat at 7-7. A win would give them a winning record for the fall, following a shortened spring season, while a loss would give them a losing season.

    Russell Snow was on the mound for the Rams trying to pick up perhaps the most important game of their season.

    In the other dugout was St. Elmo, which has struggled all fall at just 3-13. Although the Eagles have flashes of greatness, it has not been enough to carry them all season.

  • BREAKING NEWS-Monday at 10:45 a.m.-Judge sides with AFSCME

    A Johnson County judge ruled on Monday that Gov. Pat Quinn's plans to layoff about 1,000 Illinois prison workers – including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center – at the end of this month should be postponed.

    According to www.stltoday.com, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Judge Todd Lambert granted the request of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for a preliminary injunction, and ruled that the Union which represents the majority of state workers should seek arbitration on the layoffs issue.