VANDALIA FIRE DESTROYS FOUR BUILDINGS
An early Tuesday morning fire in Vandalia destroyed four buildings, one that was over 140 years old. According to a press release from the city of Vandalia, shortly after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, Vandalia Firemen responded to a fire in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street. Brownstown and Ramsey Firemen were called to assist. The fire destroyed buildings that housed Donaldson's Carpet, Gathe's Tax Service, Gerkin's Insurance Agency and Cages Bar. Damage was also done to buildings housing GMAC and Bray's Title Service. The State Fire Marshall is investigating, but no determination of the origin of the fire has yet been made. One of the buildings dates back to 1867 and is across the street from the Old State Capital Buiulding. The good news is that no injuries were reported.
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BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night at the Greenville Elementary Gym, with a light agenda. The board discussed the continued late payments from the state for the district. The state has released more money, but the district is still owed over $645,000. On a good note, the bond interest rate has depreciated from the Nixon Insurance Agency, which will lower payments. The treasurer's report and the payment of bills were approved. Greenville High School Principal Kevin Cochran congratulated Coach Jay Winter and the Comet Scholar team on their sectional championship last Saturday in the 2010 Masonic Academic Bowl held at Greenville High School. The Comets will advance to the state finals, in Riverton, Saturday, March 6. The Worldwide Youth and Science and Engineering (WYSE) team took second place at the Kaskaskia regional and will advance to the sectional. The top three students were Aaron Dish, Jace Reinhart and Logan Lippert. Jace Reinhart has been named as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. The roof at the Sorento Grade School will be repaired in the next seven to ten days, depending on the weather.