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Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (July 3)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Slideways RC (July 31)

    Winners through three weeks of track's points series.

    Kidz Modz
    •Week 1: Braden Manley
    •Week 2: Tyler Frolik
    •Week 3: Frolik

    Adult Stock
    •Week 1: DJ Holliday
    •Week 2: John Brackenbush
    •Week 3: BJ Deal

    B-Mods
    •Week 1: Cole Rhodes
    •Week 2: Chaz Smail
    •Week 3: Stacy Stewart

    Outlaw Modifieds
    •Week 1: Cole Rhodes
    •Week 2: Steve Johnson III
    •Week: Josh Lofland

  • VFOD men's slo-pitch softball (July 31)

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams men's slo-pitch softball league will conclude its regular season on Wednesday before hosting an All-Star Game on Aug. 4 and a championship tournament on Aug. 11-12.

    With two wins on Wednesday, BCH Detailing would tie Roger Craig Welding for the regular-season championship, but if Patoka Fire Dept. beats BCH in one of the two games, RCW will be the outright champion.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Ramsey shooting, Pana standoff may have a link

    Authorities investigating a standoff in the Pana area that ended with a Pana man being fatally shot and a police officer wounded are studying a link to a prior shooting incident in Fayette County.
    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a home southeast of Pana at about 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of “a man with a gun,” according to the Illinois State Police.

  • Statehouse visitors

    For many years, tourism has been the second-largest industry in Illinois, and on Tuesday, a state tourism official said that Fayette County is seeing great benefit from that industry.

  • Lincoln group coming back in '15

    Known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career, Vandalia is gearing up – for the second time in a decade – to host numerous people who portray this country’s 16th president.
    Through the work of Lewis “Abe” Clymer, who portrays Lincoln at area events, Vandalia has again landed the annual convention of The Association of Lincoln Presenters.
    And while that convention is about nine months away, a local group is already busy planning the four-day event in April.

  • Community garden gives Brownstown produce

    Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.

  • Brownstown street oiling is this Friday

    The village of Brownstown will be oiling streets this Friday.

    Residents are asked not to park their vehicles on the street that day.

  • Tools for School dates set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for in-need students from Fayette County, kindergarten-junior college, will be in operation on the following dates, at the following times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 14  – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 15 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 16 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Enter through the north door at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.