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Today's News

  • Gordon has great week for Vandalia

    The Vandalia High School girls track team finished fourth at Hillsboro on Tuesday, with 18 points.

    Courtney Gordon continued to improve on her long jump performances. She jumped 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches, placing third. She also placed third in the 100-meter high hurdles (19.8 seconds) and third in the 300-meter low hurdles (1:00.3)

    Taylor Parrish set a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 26 feet, 4 inches. Her best placed her fourth in the event. Chelsea Roberts placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at 1:13.4.

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  • 'Orphan Train' brought many children west

    John J. Brown, who went on to become a well-respected Vandalia attorney, was a boy of 7 when he, along with 26 other boys, including his brother, William, were brought to Fayette County on what was called the "Orphan Train." 

    John J. and William Brown, both born in New York City, were the sons of John and Mary Brown, immigrants from Dublin, Ireland. Following the death of their parents in 1858, the boys were placed with the New York Orphan Asylum.

  • Fire-damaged property must be cleaned up

    In March 1969, the five-story Evans Hotel in downtown Vandalia was destroyed by fire. More than four years later, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets was still filled with rubble.

    That’s what city officials are trying to prevent now, six weeks after a fire destroyed four downtown buildings and caused major damage to a fifth.

    This situation is not unlike any others when fire destroys property; the city has guidelines to follow in requiring property owners to take care of the damage.

  • Kudos for getting Gallatin Street open

    Nearly two months ago, we urged the city to do whatever it could to get Gallatin Street open. Having been closed to vehicular traffic since October, we felt it was high time that the merchants there were given some relief. At that time, very little work remained to be done, yet the barricades stayed in place.

    Last week, the barricades came down.

  • Impairments do not dim Curry's zest and love for life

    Shirley (Sperry) Curry has always spoken in a soft, demure voice, and had a gentle, unassuming and cheerful, disposition. However, she was firm and steadfast in her beliefs, standards and morals.

    She was a pleasant co-worker and a good friend, and always carried her own weight. She never shirked what she felt was her responsibility at the workplace or in her home as a housewife to her husband, Jim Curry, and mother to their four children: John, Marcia, Deborah and Tom.

  • City mandates inspection of fire-damaged building

    The city has given the owner of a building heavily damaged by a major fire in Vandalia’s downtown business district two weeks to find out whether any of the structure can be saved.

    It also pushed for the timely cleanup of two other buildings that were destroyed by that fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 23.

  • City fine-tunes budget for three hours

    City officials worked for three hours on a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes cuts in most departments.

    And, at least for the time being, that new budget includes wage freezes for city employees for six months.

    It also does not include remediation work that would get the city’s new raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River operable.

    Monday’s meeting, which was attended by about 20 city employees, kicked off with City Administrator Jimmy Morani explaining the proposed cuts, department by department.

  • State bar association donates Lincoln books to Evans Library

    Local residents interested in learning about the most-famous person to ever walk the streets of Vandalia have a new resource.

    The Illinois State Bar Association presented to Evans Public Library on Monday a four-volume set of books about Abraham Lincoln’s work as an attorney in Illinois.

    Presenting the books to Evans Librarian Jessica Blain, Mark Hassakis said that Lincoln’s law career was an important part of his life.

  • Vandals thrash Aces, fall to T-Town

    The Vandalia High School baseball team picked up its third win of the season on Tuesday afternoon, a 13-0 drumming of Mulberry Grove.

    "I thought we did a nice job all around today," Vandalia Coach Luke Hohlt said. "You want to take advantage of every chance you get. Even though the score was that different, you just have to keep playing ball."

    Hohlt took the game as an opportunity to try out some more bench players and make changes to his lineup, to see if players would be more productive in different spots.