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Today's News

  • The College Report: Doehring leads Blackburn's surge

    Blackburn College's men's basketball team has definitely had its valleys this year.

    But last week was definitely one of its peaks of the season. The Beavers earned their third win overall and their first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win of the year, beating Principia College, 72-66.

    They accomplished the feat behind the double-digit scoring and the shooting performance of Blake Doehring, a VCHS grad. Doehring drained 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to finish with a team-leading 19 points.

  • Edwardsville Liberty tops VJHS in title game

    The end of the 2007-08 season - much like the beginning - did not play out the way the VJHS seventh-grade boys basketball team hoped it would.

    What happened in between, however, made it a very memorable year in the eyes of seventh-year Junior Vandals coach Doug Forbes.

    "This is probably the best year I've had since I've been coaching," said Forbes, whose team won 18 of 20 games after an 0-2 start - including a perfect 8-0 run through the Junior Mid-State Conference.

  • Engineer says Route 51 study will take four years

    A large group of Fayette County residents turned out last Thursday afternoon to find out the possible path for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through the county. What they found out is that they can play a part in making that determination.

    Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Route 51 expansion project, told that crowd at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus that the public meeting was being held to introduce the U.S. 51 Environmental Impact Statement Project.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Monday, February 4

    eoe" An arthritis support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Service building, 1108 S. Willow St., Effingham.

    eoe" The Vandalia City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the former city hall, 221 S. Fifth St.

    Tuesday, February 5

    PRIMARY ELECTION DAY Polls open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

    eoe" The Vandalia Rotary Club will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Stapp served state for most of his life

    James T. B. Stapp was born in Fayette County, Ky., (now Woodford County), on April 13, 1804, the youngest child of James and Sarah "Sally" Burbridge Stapp. His father, from Virginia, was a soldier of the Revolution, and at its end, moved the family to Kentucky.

    When James was 12 years old, his parents moved again, this time to Kaskaskia, Ill., and this is where we pick up their story.

  • Helm, Taylor worthy of Abes

    The two individuals who last Thursday received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce have a lot in common. Its just that they have taken different paths in reaching a similar goal serving the community and its people.

    Saundra Helm and Ed Taylor Jr. are also similar in that they have quietly and modestly done numerous things to benefit other residents of the area.

  • Get out and vote!

    Next Tuesdays primary election will feature only three contested races, and only residents in three county board districts will be voting on those contests. But that doesnt mean that everyone else in the county should not bother going to the polls on Tuesday.

    Fayette County residents should take advantage of the rescheduling of Illinois primary, to allow it to be included in Super Tuesday. On that day, voters in 20 states will be selecting their presidential candidates.

  • Election is Tuesday

    While all Fayette County residents will be helping to select the presidential candidates in November, people in three Fayette County Board districts will be picking nominees for the general election.

    The three county board contests are Districts 2, 4 and 5.

    In District 2, incumbent Democrat John C. Daniels Jr. is being challenged by Jon A. Phillips. There is no Republican candidate in District 2 at this time.

  • Two county residents go to prison for meth

    Two Fayette County residents have been given lengthy prison terms after being convicted of drug offenses in federal court.

    Randy G. Massey, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced at the end of last week that Randy A. Brown and Jackie G. Richards were sentenced for their roles in a drug conspiracy in Fayette, Clinton and Madison counties from may 2004 through November 2006.

  • Helm, Taylor receive Abe Awards

    Two local residents who have used different avenues to reach out to numerous other people in this area were recognized last Thursday by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Saundra Helm, a resident of Vandalia since the mid-1970s, and Ed Taylor Jr., a lifetime resident of the community, each received an Abe Award at the chambers annual banquet at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.