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Today's News

  • T-Town ends Vandals' season again

    T-Town continues to have Vandalia's number, beating the Vandals 11-0 on Wednesday, ending their season in the regional semifinal for the second straight season.

    "T-Town has had a good program for a very long time, and we're trying to turn our program around. It's only a matter of time before things turn and we take care of business, just like they did today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Land speculator's wife writes of her life

    The first column I wrote for this newspaper was published in January 1997. It was written about the life of Christiana Holmes Tillson of Montgomery County.

    Christiana’s husband, John Tillson, came to Illinois in June 1818, as an agent for Eastern land speculators. Christiana wrote of their early life in Illinois in the book, “A Woman’s Story of Pioneer Illinois.”

  • Remember to thank a veteran

    This  weekend, we have the opportunity to pay tribute to those special men and women who have sacrificed for the rest of us by serving in the military.

    As we observe Memorial Day on Monday, we will be reminded of the ways those courageous individuals have placed our well-being above their own comfort and safety. In some cases, they actually laid down their life as a sacrifice to keep our nation free.

    It's a monumental debt that we owe. But it's one that all too often we forget.

  • One year later....Motown is silent

    A year ago this week, a Michigan-based group told Vandalia officials and local residents that they expected the construction of a $300-million sports and entertainment complex to be under way by this spring.

    A year later, city officials are still waiting for officials from that group to return a number of phone calls and e-mails.

  • Extension is restructuring

    A few days after University of Illinois Extension announced a new administrative structure, the local Extension director said the public won’t notice many differences at the local office.

    In response to cuts in state funding, U of I Extension put together a new map designating how local Extension programs will be administered. The state’s current fiscal year ends in June, and Extension has yet to receive any state funds for this fiscal year.

  • Carson's essay wins at district level

    Katie Carson’s winning essay for the “Patriot’s Pen” contest, which is held every year by the Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770, went on to win the District 12 competition.

    Katie, the daughter of Duane and Tammy Carson, is an eighth-grader at Brownstown Junior High School. She said that her writing was partially inspired by the return home from the service of a friend, Travis.

    “The town escorted him home and had an appreciation party for him,” she said.

  • FCH continuing on an upward trend

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday heard that the hospital’s financial condition continues on a strong upward trend after cost-cutting measures were taken last fall.

    “The hospital’s volumes are fairly close to budgeted volumes and to what they were last year,” said CEO Greg Starnes.

    “There has been a great deal of attention to expense reductions and controls, as well as a focus on getting bills sent and money collected.

    "As a result, the hospital has realized profits greater than budgeted.”

  • UPDATED: Area softball and baseball results and upcoming games

    Area Softball Results

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Anthony 1, Vandalia 0

    Tuesday, May 18, St. Elmo 13, Stew-Stras 2

    Tuesday, May 18, Mt. Olive at Ramsey at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19,  Mulberry Grove vs. (winner of Mt. Olive/Ramsey) at Nokomis at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 19, Windsor 8, St. Elmo 7

    Wednesday, May 19, South Central 8, Noble 5

    Saturday, May 22, South Central in Regional Championship at 11 a.m. at Clay City

    Area Baseball Results

  • BREAKING NEWS: Osorio and Cowger headed to state

    Seniors Angel Osorio and Will Cowger qualified for state on Friday.

    Osorio is headed to Charleston for the second consecutive year in the high jump. He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches at the Robinson Sectional, placing second.

    Cowger, who missed state by a couple of inches last spring is headed there next week after placing third in the shot put, with a throw of 50 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

    In addition to sending two athletes to state, Vandalia set two new school records.

  • Aunt Dorothy transformed broken dolls

    In 1987, Dorothy Ridlen became a member of our family.

    Aunt Dorothy had been widowed for a number of years when she met great-uncle Wilbur Meyer at a Primitive Baptist Association meeting.

    Wilbur was 78 at the time, and also widowed. The two hit it off, and a year later they were married.

    Before her retirement, Aunt Dorothy worked as a licensed practical nurse in Granite City. While living there, she became interested in dolls and doll repair. Many china head dolls became display items once again after Aunt Dorothy rebuilt their bodies and sewed new clothes.