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Today's News

  • Anita Mahon enjoys long career at Rural King

    Some will remember a childhood and past years of early springs when a sure sign of the anticipated season was the arrival of tiny, fuzzy baby chickens at the local feed store. The large cardboard boxes had holes in the sides to allow for air and for glimpses of the little creatures and through which many little “peeps” and “tweets” were heard.

  • Downtown benefits worth disruptions

    After years of discussion and planning, construction has finally gotten under way on the downtown enhancement project in Vandalia.

    This first phase will involve work to shore up the infrastructure in the in downtown area – specifically, the sewer lines. One benefit of the project will be that sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines will be split – so all rain runoff won’t have to go through the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

  • Stamm, Lockart " Vandalia's shoemakers

    In 1994, Vandalia celebrated her 175th anniversary with a year-long celebration.

    One of the events was a dinner held at the First Baptist Church to honor first families, cities whose charters were granted while Vandalia was the capital (1819-1839), oldest living person in the county and Vandalia’s premier businesses.

    Clarence Lockart was recognized at that time, not only for being the oldest businessman in Vandalia, but also for having been in business more years than any of Vandalia’s other merchants.

  • VIDEO-Committee of 10 Member Talks About Consolidation

    At Saturday's community meeting to present information about the proposed consolidation of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts, Chad Wilhour, a member of the Committee of 10 formed to study the consolidation, voiced his opinions on the issue.

  • Candidates' forum is Tuesday night

    A Candidates' Forum on Tuesday night will feature candidates in contested races in Vandalia.

    The forum, at 7 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street, is being sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Those scheduled to participate include the three mayoral candidates, incumbent Rick Gottman, John David Wehrle Jr. and Neil Clark.

    Also scheduled to participate include the three candidates for a Ward II seat on the Vandalia City Council – incumbent Neil Clark, Roger Hill and Robert Bell.

  • Hospitality training postponed

    The hospitality training scheduled for next Tuesday at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus has been postponed.

    The training will be rescheduled after Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln brochures are completed.

  • Ethics reform, openness vital

    There’s a fresh breeze blowing in Springfield.

    After the embarrassing events surrounding the arrest and impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on alleged ethics violations, people are actually talking about the need for more openness in government and for shoring up the ethical standards we expect from our elected representatives.

  • Vandalia connections followed Lincoln

    In my previous column, I mentioned that Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s neighbor, Julia Remann Sprigg, was reared in Vandalia. The Lincolns lived across Eighth Street from the Sprigg household.

    Julia, a widow, had boys, too, and Willie and Tad Lincoln were frequent guests in the home with the Sprigg back yard one of the children’s familiar haunts.

    Julia’s brother, Henry Remann, lived a block from his sister, so members of his family, too, were Lincoln neighbors. Both Henry and Julia left Vandalia after the capital was moved to Springfield.

  • Vandalia to receive stimulus road monies

    Vandalia will be getting at least $200,000 in federal stimulus monies.

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that the Illinois Department of Transportation notified him last Wednesday that the city’s share of $281 million for transportation improvements is $210,978.

    “We haven’t decided yet how we will use those funds,” Gottman said on Wednesday.

    “We need to sit down and take a look at how we can best use that money to benefit the city.”

    Fayette County’s allotment is $410,144.

  • New senator traveling throughout the 51st District

    Kyle McCarter sees his service in the Illinois Senate as another step in his commitment to serving people.

    And while McCarter is excited to get started in serving the 51st District, which includes Fayette County, is quick to admit that he’s not the first in his family to want a seat in the Senate.

    “Actually, it’s my son’s goal,” said McCarter, who was chosen on Saturday, Feb. 21, to succeed Frank Watson, the Greenville Republican who stepped down after more than 25 years in the Senate and the past six as the minority leader.