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Today's News

  • More War of 1812 veterans buried here

    Last week, I wrote of my work to compile a list of War of 1812 veterans buried in Fayette County. Beginning with seven names, the list had grown to 11 by publication time.

    After receiving her newspaper, Lucille Fisher telephoned to remind me of the War of 1812 veteran marker in the Pilcher Cemetery for Winslow Pilcher. Winslow served in Captain G. Smith’s Company of the Virginia Militia.

  • Motown cancels on council

    Representatives of Motown Technology & Sports Facility, Inc., the Michigan-based firm that plans to build a $300-million sports and entertainment complex on Vandalia’s west side, won’t appear at tonight’s city council meeting, city officials said this afternoon.

    Kenneth Bardwell, chairman and executive officer for Motown, told officials Saturday afternoon in an e-mail the company would seek to reschedule because of a death in Bardwell’s family.

  • Bunker and Vandalia spoil Hillsboro's senior night, 35-21

    For the Hillsboro Hilltoppers' class of 2010, their senior night will be one to forget, as Cory Bunker and Vandalia’s run game racked up more than 400 yards and five scores on the ground en route to a 35-21 victory.

  • Volley for the Cure

    Vandalia and Greenville high school's volleyball programs hosted the second annual Volley for the Cure, Thursday night.

    All night long, the programs worked to raise funds for the Bond and Fayette County Relays for Life. All the proceeds from the night were split in half and given to each counties relay.

    While Vandalia won a thrilling match on the court, the real win came for breast cancer as the night brought in $5,500—meeting the goal of $5,000 dollars and far exceeding last year's total of $3,000.

  • Bombers win seventh consecutive match

    Brownstown High School has one of the hottest volleyball teams in the area. On Tuesday night, they defeated Neoga in three games, to win their seventh straight match.

    The Bombers won the first game 25-22, but dropped the second 20-25, forcing a decisive this game that put their win streak in jeopardy. Brownstown was able to pull off a 25-19 win in game three to win the match.

    Shelby Pryor had 18 kills and 16 digs. Amy Fulk was hot on her tail with 17 kills and 16 digs. Fulk also had three blocks. Brittany White also had 16 digs

  • Cougars win 11th straight MTC Championship

    For the 11th straight year, the South Central baseball team finishes the fall season atop the Midland Trail Conference. The Cougars defeated North Clay, 6-2, Monday night.

    South Central led the whole game, putting up two runs in the first inning.

    Derek Harmeier kept North Clay off the board through the first three innings, before giving up two runs in the fourth to make it a 3-2 game. Harmeier shut out North Clay in the final three innings while the offense scored three more runs.

    Harmeier struck out 12 and gave up just two hits.

  • Dr. Hans Rollinger honored by FCH district board

    Hans Rollinger, M.D., was honored for his service to the community at a reception by the Fayette County Hospital District Board before its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 28.

    Delbert Miller, chairman of the hospital district board, presented a plaque to Rollinger in honor of his contributions to the district board as well as to the hospital.

  • VCC solution is vital to future of this area

    This area dodged a major bullet last week when a Johnson County judge issued a preliminary injunction that prevented Gov. Pat Quinn from laying off more than 2,600 state employees – including about 125 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    The ruling sends the governor and the union representing the prison workers back to the bargaining table.

    Hopefully, by buying some time, the two sides can begin moving down a path that will lead to real solutions that work for everyone involved.

  • Newspaper Week a chance to reflect on changes

    Given the roller-coaster ride that those of us in the media have been on this past year, it’s more appropriate than ever to pause and take a deep breath during National Newspaper Week.

    And as we do, it’s time to take stock of this always fascinating but sometimes maddening institution in which we toil.

  • Vandalia opts for 'local,' not cheaper

    A Vandalia contracting firm won a six-figure city contract Monday, after officials rejected two lower bids in favor of keeping jobs here.

    “We need to make sure we look highly at the local men and women,” Mayor Ricky Gottman said, after aldermen voted 5-3 against accepting an Okawville-based contractor’s bid to perform a sanitary sewer extension project on West Main Street.