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Today's News

  • County supports KC's Veterans' Tribute

    Fayette County government has endorsed an effort to recognize this region’s veterans of the armed forces.

    The Fayette County Board last week approved a resolution supporting the plan for a Veterans’ Tribute on the main Kaskaskia College campus in Centralia.

    Kaskaskia College is being joined by various veterans’ organizations and individuals in a project calling for the construction of a monument honoring both veterans and individuals currently serving in this country’s armed forces.

  • Country Cousins Card Club celebrating 50 years

    Fifty years ago, Iris Kruenegel and her friend and neighbor, Carol (then Wasmuth) Fenton, thought it would be fun and relaxing for their friends and neighbors in rural Shobonier to have a “girls only” card club.

    Thus, the Country Cousins card club was born.

    Several of the original members still meet, along with newer members, for their monthly “girls night out,” rotating as hosts for their gatherings.

  • Vandalia shuts out Roxana for big homecoming win

    Rebounding from a week two loss to Carlinville, the Vandals shut down Roxana’s offense and forced five turnovers en route to a 35-0 victory, on homecoming.

    In the opening minutes, it was Vandalia’s defense that was doing the scoring. Just six plays into the game, defensive back Cory Bunker intercepted a Roxana pass around midfield. Bunker was able to cut and weave his way to a touchdown, putting Vandalia up 7-0 after the point after-attempt.

    After a failed punt by Roxana several drives later, Vandalia took over in Shells' territory with a short field.

  • VCHS Celebrates Homecoming
  • Welcome to the Hall

    During his four years at Vandalia High School, Jon Carroll was one of the most decorated athletes to ever walk its halls.

    Carroll was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball during his tenure.

    On the gridiron, he was a receiver and returned punts. His senior year, Carroll was selected as the Hayner Award winner.

    On the hardwood, he collected three varsity letters and led the Vandals to a regional championship in his senior year.

  • Fayette County Museum offering historical programs

    Local residents seeking a way to support the Fayette County Museum will be able to accomplish that and enjoy three historical programs at the same time.

    The series, titled “People You Know Or People You Wish You Had Known,” will kick off with the first program on Saturday, Sept. 19. That program will feature a speaker on “Presidential Wit & Humor.” It will include “notes, quotes and anecdotes on chief executives” by Robert Cook, an adjunct faculty member of the Southwestern Illinois College speakers’ bureau.

  • End of an era: Freight history draws to a close at national tournament

    After 15 years and two national championships, the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team members hung up their cleats this past weekend, following a third-place finish at the national tournament in Decatur.

    For a decade and a half, The Freight has been a representative of Vandalia both across the state and on a national level. The Freight has not just been a rec league for former ballplayers, but an organization greater than the sum of its parts, pulling together the community at home tournaments and showcasing the community across the state.

  • Second half shutout gives Vandals first loss

    In its second game of the season, Friday night, Vandalia was shut out in the second half by Carlinville, giving the Vandals their first loss of the season, 44-19.

    “We knew they had everybody coming back from last year, and they won the western side of the conference last year. We thought we’d have to come up here and play pretty well,” head coach John Stout said.

  • Pro-business plan is best budget fix

    In his life outside his duties as a state senator, Kyle McCarter is a businessman. And he plans to keep his business ties to remind himself that his votes as a senator have a real-world impact on the state's businesses.

    It's a perspective some of his fellow legislators apparently have forgotten.

  • Local inventors made their mark

    The late Dr. George Ross published a history column in The Centralia Sentinel newspaper, and from time-to-time my friend, Emory Meador, would hand me an envelope stuffed with some of Dr. Ross’ articles that he thought would interest me.

    One of these was a compiled list of 42 Marion County inventors. I came across this list the other day and thought to myself, if Marion County has 42 inventors, then so does Fayette County.