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Today's News

  • City workers adjust schedule due to heat

    Many of us avoid the heat and high humidity at our jobs by working in air-conditioned buildings. Vandalia’s public works employees are not so lucky.

    Alderman Bret Brosman, chairman of the city council’s streets committee, reported at Monday’s council meeting that Public Works Director John Moyer has adjusted his employees’ work schedule because of the hot weather.

    Moyer said on Wednesday that on days where high temperatures are predicted, his crews are working from 5 a.m. until noon or 12:30 p.m.

  • Haldon Warner retires after 47 years at First National Bank

    Haldon Warner became a member of the family at First National Bank of Vandalia in 1963, working in the bookkeeping department.

    “Back then,” he said, “they wanted you to start by learning every department and work your way up.”

    That seems like a good plan, because young Haldon Warner did, indeed, work his way up. He is now senior vice president and chief lending officer, positions from which he is retiring. He wears other hats, including serving as the compliance officer.

  • Post 95 blasts three home runs to sweep Lawrence County

    The Senior Legion had a busy week, playing seven games in as many days, winning three games and picking up a sweep of a talented Lawrence County team on Saturday. Post 95 is 10-8 this summer.

    Granite City 11

    Vandalia 1

    Vandalia lost to Granite City, 11-1, on Monday night. Trevor Montgomery, who has made few spot starts with the Senior Legion team, went 2-for-3 from the designated hitter spot. Cody Wimberly went 2-for-2 with a walk. Vandalia had six hits.

  • Sixty-six years of wedded bliss for Dwight and Darlene Denning

    Seventy years ago, a young girl saw a photo in a local newspaper of a young boy, a member of the Vandalia High School FFA chapter … and fell in love with him.

    She didn’t know who he was, but she cut the picture out of the paper, and showed it to friends and family as the guy she was going to marry.

    Meet Dwight and Darlene Denning as they share their unique and lasting love story. As they celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary, Darlene still has that same 70-year-old newspaper clipping in her purse.

    The Photo

  • There's a lot to do this weekend

    Are you the type of person who looks for something fun and exciting to do on the weekends? If so, you will have a lot of choices this weekend.

    Fayette County’s weekend schedule includes the return of the Grande Levée on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds. The celebration kicks off, as usual, with dinner and old-time music, and gets into full gear on Saturday.

  • The story of Vandalia's 'roaming house'

    My cousin, Connie Torbeck, who works in historic preservation in Pennsylvania, sent a clipping to me from a 1908 Vandalia Union with a question – where is the Henry Gochenour home located?

    “Old Landmark Going,” read the headline.

    “The old building known best by citizens of Vandalia as the Mrs. Slade residence is being torn down and will be replaced by a modern residence at once by Henry Gochenour, who has purchased the property. 

  • Sr. Legion outlasts Taylorville to move to 6-3

    Post 95 rolled to its sixth win of the season last Wednesday, defeating Taylorville, 10-8. The Senior Legion team demonstrated on Wednesday that it can score runs at an impressive clip, and despite giving up eight runs, the pitching was strong, for the most part.

    "The offense looked pretty good. We started to finally get most of our kids here," coach Mark Lewis said. "We looked pretty solid tonight

  • Grande Leve Schedule
  • Thomason files suit in federal court

    About four months after filing a lawsuit against St. Elmo’s mayor in Fayette County, Ken Thomason has initiated a federal suit against Larry Tish.

    In the three-count suit filed in the Southern District of U.S. District Court, Thomason claims that Tish violated his civil rights and also violated the state’s Whistleblower Act.

    Thomason has filed the lawsuits in response to Tish’s decision last November to remove him from the police chief position. He had served as St. Elmo’s chief of police for about 16 ½ years prior to his dismissal.

  • County meets payroll without fund transfer

    For at least one month, Fayette County will be able to meet its payroll obligations without having to shift monies from one fund to another.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel announced at last week’s meeting that the county would not need to transfer money from its capital improvement fund in June “because the state came through with some money.”