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Today's News

  • Cub Scout Pack 315 sets Join Us Night and Parent Orientation Meeting

    Cub Scout Pack 315 of Vandalia will hold its Join Us Night registration from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

    A parent orientation meeting will be held at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Legion Home.

    For more information, contact Mindy Cox at 292-4636.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 2, 2010

    • Alicia B. Bess, 25, Morrisonville, was arrested on Aug. 31 on a Montgomery County warrant for driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $3,000.
    • Anthony P. Stasiak, 40, 223 Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on Aug. 30 on a charge of breach of peace. Bond was $1,000.
    • Ryan T. Skaggs, 19, 203 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 29 on a charge of aggravated assault. Bond was $1,000.

  • Bell's FG gives Vandals win in opener

    In a game in which Vandalia and East Alton-Wood River evenly exchanged touchdowns, it was two field goal attempts that made the difference.
    The first attempt, made by the Oilers’ Devin Spurlock from about 36 yards out, bounced off of the bottom crossbar of the goal post, hit the left crossbar and fell straight down in front of the post.
    The second, by Vandalia’s Daniel Bell from 26 yards out, sailed through the center of the crossbars with about 4 seconds left in the game to give the Vandals a 24-21 win.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 2
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 3

  • Meyers still holding hands after 70 years

    Elvis and Maxine Meyer sit in their side-by-side recliner chairs every night and watch television. ”And we still hold hands sitting there,” Maxine said, grinning.  
    “A lot of times, when we pass, we steal a kiss in passing,” Elvis said, chuckling.
    Both seem active, in comparably good health and very happy, contented and cozy in their pleasant little rural home, which is located on his family’s old home place. Their pets are their treasured companions.    

  • Chamber, Main Street agree to remain independent

    After several weeks of discussing how they might benefit from merging or sharing resources, leaders of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and Vandalia Main Street have decided to remain independent organizations.
    To complicate the situation, Dana Whiteman, who serves as the executive director of Main Street as well as the vice president of the chamber, was elevated to the presidency of the chamber after the sitting president, Shaun Murray, resigned on Monday.

  • Survey projects good yields

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee held its annual crop survey earlier than usual, and the number of people conducting that survey was about half of what it was last year.
    The biggest reason for that drop in survey participants was that many who usually help estimate corn and soybean yields were in their fields harvesting their corn crop.

  • FAYCO takes on recycling

    A local agency has worked in the past year with a committee of citizens interested to come up with ways to increase recycling opportunities for area residents.
    FAYCO Enterprises has now stepped forward to make recycling available on almost a daily basis.
    It was right at a year ago that the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District, along with the newly formed Fayette County Recycling Committee, began accepting recyclable items for four hours on the second Saturday of each month, as well as taking electronic recyclables on Wednesday afternoons.

  • Elijah Lovejoy martyred for freedom of press

    Elijah Parrish Lovejoy was born in Albion, Maine, in 1802, and died at the hands of an angry mob in Alton on Nov. 7, 1837.
    An editor and Presbyterian clergyman, Lovejoy was outspoken on the subject of slavery. He preached abolition through the pulpit and through the pages of the newspapers he edited.
    Elijah received his license to preach in 1832, and was ordained as an evangelist two years later. At this time, it was fairly new doctrine to condemn slavery, along with whiskey drinking and gambling.

  • Harvest safety is no accident

    Though it seems too early to talk about harvest, the reality is that much of this year’s corn crop is ready and some farmers are already heading to the fields.
    That means it’s time to renew our awareness of safety practices during the harvest season – both in the fields and on the roads.
    The Illinois State Police this week issued a reminder to motorists that they’ll once again be sharing the roadways with farm machinery.