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Today's News

  • Tools for School now accepting donations

    Once again the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to students who need help in Fayette County only, is under way.
    The first step is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicate their students need.
    Those who wish to donate supplies, may contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, 283-0927, to see what is needed.

  • KC announces KICK classes in July

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College has announced the schedule for KICK classes to be held in July at the Vandalia Campus.
    • Arts and Crafts – A variety of fun and creative artistic projects will be the focus of this course.
    Some of the items that may be made are beads and bracelets, picture frames, mosaics, candles, soap and jewelry boxes.
    The class will be held Monday, July 1 and 8, from 1-3 p.m. The class is for students in grade 3 and up, and the cost is $15. The registration number is CKICK 5278 VA01D.

  • Illinoisans played key roles at Gettysburg

    By Tom Emery
    This week marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, the most famous battle of the Civil War. The Union victory on July 1-3, 1863, checked the northern invasion of Robert E. Lee, and is considered the turning point of the war.
    Several Illinoisans played key roles at Gettysburg, including Lt. Marcellus Jones of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, who borrowed a carbine from a fellow soldier and fired the first shot of the battle around 7:30 a.m. on July 1.

  • Marshall Watson shares memories of Avena

    Some time back, Andrew Harner of Charleston shared with me some old photographs of his family, very important people from the village of Avena in the township of the same name.

  • We have much to celebrate on Fourth of July

    Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, representatives of the 13 American colonies gathered together to do something radical. In essence, they said, “Enough is enough.” They declared their independence from Great Britain.
    Thomas Jefferson, always a man with a flair for words, put in their sentiments into a document known as the Declaration of Independence. It read:

  • Sr. Legion squad stays over .500

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion squad remains above .500 after splitting four games over the past week.

    And with just a couple of weeks left in the season, Post 95 will be looking to finish the summer on a winning streak.

    Vandalia will be busy over the next week, with a nine-inning game at Effingham on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., a doubleheader at Salem on Friday at 6 p.m., a doubleheader at Robinson on Sunday at 2 p.m., a nine-inning game at Teutopolis at 6 p.m. next Tuesday and a nine-inning game at home against Patoka next Wednesday.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in a report from Vandalia Police that Jeffrey E. Taylor of Vandalia was arrested for burned picnic tables at Vandalia Lake. Incorrect information was provided on the report.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Julius, 27, 625 S. Willow St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 27 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $1,500.
    • Chandra A. Bosler, 23, Hillsboro, was arrested on June 27 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $3,000.
    • Cody E. Evans, 20, 915 N. Maple St., St. Elmo, was arrested on June 26 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $4,000.

  • Jr. Legion squad sails over .500 with wins

    After earning the first-place trophy in the Jerseyville Tournament on June 23, it was hoped that the Jr. Legion team had turned a corner in its season.

    Unfortunately, it’s hard to know if that has actually happened.

    Rain marred Post 95’s schedule in the past week, canceling two games against Teutopolis and shortening another against Roxana.

    In the two games that were played, however, Vandalia looked sharp, sweeping a doubleheader at Carlyle last Friday, winning game one, 4-3, and game two, 15-4.

  • News Briefs

    FCH Friends & Families annual meeting

    Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the conference room at the hospital. The meeting is open to the public.

    OUR PLACE open house is on July 13

    OUR PLACE Youth Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 814 Old Theatre Drive in Vandalia.
    The public is invited, and the nonprofit group that operates the center accepts donations.