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Today's News

  • Local man found guilty of felony sex crimes

    A Vandalia man faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of three sex offenses.

    A Fayette County jury found Johnathan L. Matthews guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial.

    The jury deliberated 90 minutes before returning the verdicts early Wednesday evening.

  • Schaefer family makes hay while the sun shines

    The familiar saying, "Make hay while the sun shines" is more than just an old adage to the Schaefer family.

    It describes the ideal conditions for harvesting their living and continuing what has become a family tradition raising and selling hay not only in their neck of the woods, Beecher City and the surrounding counties, but also for customers as far away as Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri.

    They have provided hay for some of the very finest horse race champions.

    You might say the name Schaefer is almost synonymous with the word hay in some areas.

  • Support Relay for Life

    Each year, the people of Fayette County display an unbelieveable degree of generosity as they support the local Relay for Life.

    The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society features teams of walkers from throughout the county, raising money to support the fight against cancer.

    Starting at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday and continuing throughout the night, those walkers will be circling the track at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    The annual event to raise money locally for the fight against cancer is held this weekend in Vandalia.

    The Fayette County Relay for Life on Mark Greer Field at Vandalia Community High School gets under way when the gates open at 4:30 p.m., 5 hours after a new part of the event begins.

    A softball challenge has been added to this years Relay for Life, with several teams squaring off in contests at Ruemmelin Park on Locust Street.

    The Vandalia Fire Department and Vandalia Police Department are scheduled to play a doubleheader, with the first game set for 11 a.m.

  • Judge Schwarm delivers St. Elmo Memorial Day address

    I am quite proud and feel privileged to be invited to be the speaker here today as the Veterans Memorial is dedicated. This is an impressive tribute to all who have served. St. Elmo is to be commended for coming together as a community to make this happen.

    I am also humbled to be asked to speak here today. Humbled because I have never served in the military, never worn the uniform. My father, Stanley Schwarm, was a World War II veteran and a prisoner of war in Germany. I am quite proud of his service.

  • Holloway finishes 6th in shot at state meet

    Dillon Holloway is starting to think state championship.

    And considering how the Brownstown High School student finished his sophomore track and field season, he has every right to.

    Holloway broke his own school record for the third meet in a row Friday in the preliminaries of the shot put at the IHSA state track and field meet.

    Even more impressively, his toss of 51 feet, 2 1/4 inches wound up placing him sixth out of 37 competitors - with each of the five finishers in front of Holloway being seniors.

  • Lebanon too tough for Aces in title game

    The Mulberry Grove softball team did not come away with the sectional championship trophy it coveted Saturday. But the Lady Aces did exit the Class 1A Raymond-Lincolnwood Sectional with something else they've craved all season long.

    Respect.

    Despite a deceptively lopsided 7-0 victory, the top-ranked Lebanon Greyhounds saw how the Lady Aces managed to pile up 26 wins despite losing their ace pitcher to an injury early in the season.

  • Aces High: Mulberry Grove wins first-ever sectional game

    Everything about the Mulberry Grove softball team's thrilling 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the host team Wednesday at the Lincolnwood Class 1A Sectional reminded coach John Barnes of a win four years ago that sent his current group of seniors to state their eighth-grade year.

    Same field. Same teams. Same final score. Even the same hero.

    But the subtle differences between those two games are what made the Lady Aces' first-ever sectional victory all the more special to Barnes.

  • Bell, Goen come up short of finals at state meet

    Had he been playing a video game, Drew Bell would have hit the reset button.

    "It was really disappointing," said the VCHS junior of his preliminary race in the 1,600-meter run Friday at the IHSA boys state track and field meet. "I was hoping to at least get to the finals, but I wasn't even close."

    Bell did indeed fall well short of his goal of qualifying for the finals, as his time of 4 minutes, 41.56 seconds placed him sixth out of nine runners in his heat and 18th out of 29 overall. The top 12 runners advanced.

  • COLLEGE REPORT: Doehring named top newcomer

    Blake Doehring was not entirely shocked that he earned the Blackburn College men's basketball team's Newcomer of the Year award at its recent sports banquet.

    The numbers simply do not lie.

    Doehring, a Vandalia grad, finished his freshman year with 165 points, which is an average of 6.9 per game. He earned 14 starts and played in all 24 games. Doehring also finished his season with 37 rebounds, 33 assists and 13 steals.