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Today's News

  • No 'business as usual' is usually hard on business

    When he campaigned for governor about six years ago, Rod Blagojevich promised to change state government. It would no longer be business as usual.

    That is one campaign promise that Blagojevich has kept. Unfortunately, it has been a change for the worse.

    In a term and a half, Blagojevich has drug out the budget process, alienated state legislators in both parties and has even played a key role in the divisiveness of his own party.

  • Warriors rally for 4th straight win

    The Patoka baseball team has proven it can blow opponents out.

    But on Tuesday, the Warriors showed they can win the tight ones as well.

    After cruising to victory in their previous three games via the 10-run mercy rule, the Warriors pulled out a thriller against St. Elmo, as Cody Wimberly's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh gave Patoka a 4-3 victory.

    Wimberly's big hit came moments after Luke Murfin worked a bases-loaded walk on the eighth delivery he saw against reliever Colton Booher, forcing in the game-tying run.

  • Aggressive play helps Vandals surprise South Central

    One team was coming off its sixth setback in seven games, the latter being a 10-run spanking Saturday at East Alton-Wood River.

    The other team entered the game riding a seven-game unbeaten streak, outscoring its opponents 72-18 during that span.

    Those facts considered, the momentum was clearly in South Central's favor Monday as it hosted Vandalia.

    But you would have never guessed it by what transpired at Lions Field, as Vandalia pulled off a 13-6 upset of the Cougars.

  • PMJ bricks came from old kiln in St. Elmo

    Over the years I have stockpiled bricks, recycling them into sidewalks around my house and garden. These bricks have come from various places in both Fayette and Bond County.

    Those from the home of my great-grandfather Yund, built in l9l5 in St. Paul, Wilberton Township, are bright red and smooth, having been made from clay found in that area and fired in the kiln at Frogtown.

  • Talk on county chairman hike leads to county administrator discussion

    In the five months that he has served as the chairman of the Fayette County Board, Steve Knebel learned why his predecessor recommended a pay hike for the seat as he left office.

    And as the board talked about such a pay raise last Thursday, the discussion on county operations went a little further.

    When Dean Black left the chairmans seat last November, he suggested raising the board leaders monthly salary from $200 to $500. He said such an increase is justified because of the number of meetings and trips required of the chairman as he represents the county.

  • School district still waiting on state funds

    Though the Vandalia School District wont know for another couple months if the state will short the school districts by withholding the final two state funding payments of the fiscal year, Vandalia Superintendent Rich Well isnt holding his breath.

    The general consensus among superintendents in the state is that the more we hear about the states budget deficit, the more likely it is that the states school districts wont receive the 23rd and 24th state aid payments, Well said after Tuesdays meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.

  • Election board grants Friedel objection to remove Goggin from ballot

    A local electoral board ruled on Tuesday that an error on documents filed on behalf of a Greenville attorney who wishes to run for Fayette County state's attorney is grounds to keep him off of the ballot.

    But Republican Dan Goggin said he would likely appeal that decision in an attempt to square off against Democratic incumbent Stephen Friedel.

    In making its ruling, the electoral board also dismissed Goggin's motion seeking dismissal of an objection Friedel filed last Wednesday in which he asked to remove Goggin as a candidate.

  • Second chance will unveil new shelter and kennel this Saturday

    The organization of volunteer individuals who have worked since 2004 to rescue dogs and cats from abuse and neglect is inviting the public to view its new rescue shelter and boarding kennel this Saturday.

    Second Chance Animal Rescue will hold a grand opening at its new facility from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The rescue shelter and boarding kennel is located about 1 1/2 south of U.S. Route 40 at Bluff City.

  • Braxton Denton involved in politics, local causes

    Though young in years, Braxton Denton has proven himself in the past to be an asset to his family, his friends, his church, his community and, more recently, to his college and Phi Theta Kappa.

    Denton, who will turn 21 in October, is a very personable, courteous, friendly, young man who seems to never meet a stranger. He has the gift of making everyone he meets feel as though he or she is someone of importanceand that person is important to Braxton.

  • Objection to state's attorney candidate granted

    But Daniel Goggin said he will continue to fight for his right to run for state's attorney by filing an appeal.

    State's Attorney Stephen Friedel, a Democrat, filed an objection to Goggin's right to run in the general election, alleging that Goggin filed his nominating paperwork too late.

    After the electoral board ruled in Friedel's favor, Goggin said he will appeal the decision as allowed by law, taking the matter to the circuit court.

    For the complete story, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.