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Today's News

  • Lady Vandals tie for 3rd at SCC Meet

    An 11-person roster is ideal for basketball. Track and field, though? Not so much.

    But the Lady Vandals' lack of depth didn't keep them from equaling last year's solid third-place finish Tuesday at the South Central Conference Meet at Carlinville.

    Despite competing without defending 100-meter dash champion Emma Krummel, who is out with an Achilles rupture, the short-handed Lady Vandals proved that quality can trump quantity, as their 70 points tied for third with Greenville in a field of 12 teams.

  • Local Scoreboard/schedule

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship – Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game – Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 – Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

  • Bombers' pitching outstanding during busy stretch

    Bombers lefty Wes Kistler was outstanding for the second game in a row, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in six innings, but Beecher City's Tyler McKay was even better, as the Eagles edged the Brownstown baseball team Tuesday, 1-0.

    McKay allowed just two hits - singles by Levi Tackett and Cody Robbins - in a complete-game effort, as he struck out 15 and walked four.

  • Casey resigns as Ramsey basketball coach

    Nick Casey is a man accustomed to wearing many hats.

    Husband. Father. Principal. Athletic director.

    And - as if that weren't enough - he's spent the past 12 winters coaching the boys basketball team at his alma mater, Ramsey High School.

    But with a growing family, Casey has concluded that there are simply not enough hours in the day to continue multi-tasking at the same pace.

    Therefore, the man who led the Rams to their first regional title since 1942 has decided to step down as head basketball coach.

  • Vandal baseball wins 3 of 4 conference games

    When the VCHS baseball team plays sound defense, it has shown the ability to be a championship-caliber club.

    That was evident last week in three straight conference victories, as the Vandals positioned themselves nicely for an SCC-East title run coming down the home stretch of the league slate, thanks in large part to solid glovework.

    But when the Vandals struggle defensively, things have tended to get out of hand in a hurry.

    Such was a case against Greenville Monday in a deceiving 10-3 setback.

  • Make good choices on prom night

    Prom night is one of the most anticipated and most feared nights of the year.

    So many wonderful memories to make. So many activities to share. Yet, so many dangers.

    The camp you fall into generally depends on whether youre a student or a parent. Students look forward to an extravagant adult-like event dressing up, going out for a nice meal, attending a dance. Parents are left at home, hoping and praying for the safe return of their child.

    Thankfully, there are people in our community who are committed to making this special evening both memorable and safe.

  • Amish settlement flourished then failed

    The Amish presence in Fayette County began in 1893, when three men from the Arthur settlement David K. Beiler, Noah S. Beachy and Moses J. Yoder visited the county searching for affordable land.

    They liked what they saw in central Sefton Township, and in November 1893, each bought a farm.

    These three families were the vanguard for the 30-plus families who would move to this area from Amish-Mennonite settlements in Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa and Oregon.

  • Sprucing Up the Downtown
  • Residents helping Douglas tell Brownstown's history

    Brownstown Schools librarian Aubrey Douglas has had a goal since college to establish archives of history, genealogy facts and photographs for a community.

    I am interested in genealogy myself, Douglas said. And before I retired, I wanted to set up a local history collection for Brownstown.

    She is making progress with this goal in the Brownstown High School Library, with the assistance of Brownstown native Joann Strobel and other interested people in the Brownstown-Sefton area.

  • Farmers badly need warm, dry weather

    One thing that Fayette County farmers dont have to worry about at this point is soil moisture. In fact, its the only thing working in the farmers' favor.

    Precipitation this spring is continuing to prevent most of the countys farmers from getting this years corn and soybeans crop into the ground, according to Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel.

    I have seen some (corn) being planted, but I dont see any emerging, Marshel said.

    Were still at a very minimal amount of corn being planted, he said.