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Today's News

  • Firing of chief may cost city

    A dismissal that had its beginnings in a case involving tall grass may eventually land the city of St. Elmo in deep weeds.

    For 16 years – under five mayors – Ken Thomason has served as St. Elmo’s chief of police. From what is known, his personnel file contains no reprimands, no indications of performance problems.

    Then, two weeks ago – after a flap over the enforcement of the city’s weed ordinance – Mayor Larry Tish presented Thomason with a letter saying that he was being terminated.

  • Old threshing pictures tell tale of harvest

    Driving in the Ramsey Creek bottoms the other day, I slowed down to watch the graceful ballet of three Case-IH combines as they performed the dance of "gathering the harvest" in the field below me.

    Chaff and dust rose up behind the combines, fully engulfing them as they made a sweeping turn at the end of the row. The men and women in the cab know exactly how far to go before executing their turn so that the beans are fully harvested.

  • Senior digs more than volleyball

    Vandalia Community High School senior, Katie Vieregge looks like any other high school student walking the halls at VCHS. Waving to teachers, stopping and talking to friends, she moves through the halls just like everybody else. You wouldn’t know to look at her that she’s probably one of the most involved students at VCHS. She is a two-sport athlete who participates in numerous other school groups, such as student council, and who is also involved in her church and the community.

  • Field of Dreams committee ready to start fundraising

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee is less than a week from finally getting out into the community to seek donations and sponsorships to help pay back the more than $30,000 it  has spent over the last three months.

     

    On Tuesday, the committee will briefly meet to pick up brochures and informational sheets to take with them when they go to perspective donors and sponsors.

     

  • Wyatt Earp named for a Vandalia man

    Most of us have heard of Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the O.K. Corral, but did you know that Marshal Wyatt Earp was named for a Vandalia man?

    Yes, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was named for his father’s commander during the Mexican War, Capt. Wyatt Berry Stapp, whose family came from Kaskaskia to Vandalia with the capital.

    One of eight children of Nicholas Porter Earp and Virginia Ann Cooksey, Wyatt Earp was born on March 19, 1848, in Monmouth, in Warren County, at the home of his aunt, Elizabeth Earp.

  • Woolsey feels he has been blessed many times in his life.

    Herb Woolsey was released from active duty with the Army Infantry in September 1953. However, in early 1954, an armored tank unit in Vandalia needed a company commander, and Woolsey was asked to take the job.

    He did and remained with the reserve unit as the commander until June 30, 1985, when it was disbanded. He served 34 years in the service and retired a colonel. An all-American patriot, he is often asked to speak at Memorial Day and Veterans Day events.

  • Patoka volleyball falls in sectional final

    When the season started, Patoka head coach Nicki Brubaker didn't think that her Lady Warriors would be in a sectional final come the first week of November. But Patoka was able to overcome adversity throughout the season, win its regional tournament and first-round sectional game against Campbell Hill.

    However, Patoka‘s postseason run came to an end Thursday night in Lebanon in front of a crowd of close to 1,000.

    "I think the fan support was amazing from Patoka. I think pretty much everybody in Patoka was here," Brubaker said.

  • Fate of St. Elmo police chief will be determined on Thursday

    About 80 vehicles, ranging in size from compact cars to a road grader, paraded through St. Elmo on Monday night. There to greet each of the vehicles on Main Street was Ken Thomason, the man for whom the parade was held.

    That parade was organized by Dale Sperry as a way of showing community support for Thomason, who was deposed as chief of police by Mayor Larry Tish last Wednesday.

  • White goods will be accepted at recycling collection on Saturday

    The committee that has been working to maintain and increase recycling opportunities for Vandalia area residents received some good news as it prepared for this Saturday’s collection.

    Committee members learned at their recent meeting that a Vera resident has agreed to haul off white goods, including refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves, free of charges.

    They also learned that First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka has agreed to let the committee use the former Twisters building off of Veterans Avenue in Vandalia as a collection site.

  • Laches give soldiers a warm welcome and a warm meal

    What began as a simple refueling stop for a convoy of Army vehicles last week turned into a showcase for Fayette County hospitality.

    After receiving an inquiry from Army officials seeking a place to set up a refueling station, Dorothy and Steve Lach rolled out the red carpet to about a dozen groups of 20 Army vehicles traveling from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis. More than 500 personnel were involved in the convoy, which passed through the county on Wednesday and Thursday.