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Today's News

  • Lady Vandals improve to 5-0

    Perfection is said to be nearly impossible to attain. But the Vandalia girls basketball team has achieved it so far in the standings.

    And the Lady Vandals were as close to perfect as a team can get on the court Monday during the second quarter of their SCC-East opener at Greenville.

  • Statehouse Open House shows Christmas of 1830s

    Back in the days that Vandalia served as Illinois' capital, people didn't have strings of brightly colored lights, dancing Santas or shiny ornaments to use as decorations. So they used fresh greenery, nuts, fruits and candles to decorate their homes and workplaces.

    Local residents can get a taste of 1830s decorations by attending the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse this Saturday evening.

  • Vandalia films from 1930s now on DVD

    Earlier this spring, I was standing with my husband, Dale, and Gary Carroll in front of the Liberty Theatre in downtown Vandalia. We were watching Eldon Brackenbush maneuver the cherrypicker lift as he applied new paint to the Liberty marquee sign.

    As we stood there, Dale asked Gary if any type of memorabilia had been left in the old movie house when he bought it. Gary laughed and said that very little had been left behind. He had found one silk movie advertisement rolled up and stored up on a high shelf, along with two reels of an old Vandalia movie from 1936.

  • Miles among survivors at Pearl Harbor

    Lets remember Pearl Harbor, as we go to meet the foe,

    Lets remember Pearl Harbor, as we do the Alamo

    Those were the words to a song that quickly rose to popularity following the infamous date of Dec. 7, 1941, the date of the attack of the Japanese on the American ships at Pearl Harbor, which instigated the involvement of the United States in World War II.

    During that early morning surprise raid, which lasted just under two hours, eight American battleships were sunk or seriously damaged, along with 13 other naval vessels.

  • City awards seven TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved seven requests for TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds on Monday, with one of those requests drawing considerable discussion.

    The council approved a $17,400 grant for Arthur Young Inc., which plans to demolish the buildings to the west of its dealership and also remodel its building at 122 W. Gallatin St.

    After the demolition work, the dealership will use that property to display vehicles. The total project estimate is just under $50,000.

  • Five charged with cooking meth with youth present

    Five individuals, including three Brownstown residents, were charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing after a raid on a Brownstown residence last Tuesday evening.

    Those who have been charged with the Class X felony, which carries a penalty of up to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $400,000, are:

    • Betty L. Jackson, 47, 446 S. College St., Brownstown.

    • Glendal F. Jackson, 47, 446 S. College St., Brownstown.

    • Patricia N. Barron, 18, 446 S. College St., Brownstown.

  • New health department administrator picked

    A successor to retiring Fayette County Health Department Administrator Jan Forbes has been selected.

    The health department announced on Tuesday morning that Rhonda Andrews will join the FCHD staff early in January.

    Andrews comes to the health department with several years of experience in public health, having served as the administrator of the Marion County Health Department.

    She also completed several special projects for area departments after leaving the Marion County position.

  • St. Elmo's mayor resigns; interim will be picked Thursday

    The St. Elmo City Council will meet this Thursday evening to pick a successor to Randy Watson, three days after Watson stepped down from the city's mayoral post.

    Watson surprised aldermen on Monday night when he submitted a brief letter of resignation, then left the council's regularly scheduled meeting.

    The council voted to have Alderman Jayson Porter conduct mayoral duties for the remainder of the meeting and recessed after completing scheduled matters.

    The council will recovene at 7 p.m. this Thursday to choose an interim mayor.

  • FCHD names new administrator

    A successor to retiring Fayette County Health Department Administrator Jan Forbes has been selected.

    The health department announced on Tuesday morning that Rhonda Andrews will join the FCHD staff early in January.

    Andrews comes to the health department with several years of experience in public health, having served as the administrator of the Marion County Health Department.

    She also completed several special projects for area departments after leaving the Marion County position.

  • St. Elmo mayor resigns

    Randy Watson resigned from the mayoral post in St. Elmo at Monday night's city council meeting.

    Watson reportedly read his resignation, then left the meeting.

    The council appointed Alderman Jayson Porter to serve as mayor for that meeting, and agreed to recess the meeting until Thursday, at which time it could appoint a successor.

    For more, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.