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Today's News

  • Ulmer places 4th at state

    The third time was a charm for Mulberry Grove eighth-grader Levi Ulmer last weekend at the IKWF State Championships.

    Making his third state-tournament appearance, Ulmer came away with his first career state medal, as his fourth-place finish in the Senior 156-pound division led a contingent of four Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club members at the state's annual youth wrestling showcase, held at Rockford's MetroCentre.

    Fellow Jr. Vandals Seth Purcell, Carl Runkel and Trever Pyle also competed at state, but fell in the opening rounds of their respective divisions.

  • Vandal wrestlers dominate all-SCC team

    Twelve of the VCHS wrestling team's 14 starters - including all seven of its seniors - have earned all-South Central Conference accolades.

    Seniors Josh Eller, Kevin Paulding, Cody Pyle, Adam Bowling, Matt Shroyer and Nathan Stone earned first-team honors, while classmate Curtis Hemminghaus was a second-team pick.

    Sophomore Alex Foster also garnered a first-team nod, while classmate Anthony Wernle was a second-team selection along with juniors Zac Ledbetter, Jake Etcheson and Devin Cook.

  • Wasmuth, Johnson earn all-conference honors

    Vandalia Community High School seniors Brenden Wasmuth and Mitch Johnson have both earned all-South Central Conference-East postseason accolades.

    Wasmuth made the league's second team after leading the Vandals in scoring (10.8 ppg) and assists (81). Johnson garnered an honorable mention after finishing second on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and leading the Vandals in rebounding (5.1 per game).

    First-team SCC-East selections were: Pana's Frank Schmitz and Colton Waddington, Greenville's Derek Atchison, Litchfield's Michael Niehaus and Hillsboro's Ryan Reincke.

  • Vandals look to continue improving in 2008-09

    The primary objective for any sports team is to improve as the season progresses.

    And the Vandalia Community High School boys basketball squad can rest assured as it looks back on the 2007-08 season that it did just that.

    "In every area possible, without question" said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson. "The improvement from June to the end of February was tremendous."

    The numbers pretty much tell the tale.

    In their first 10 games - all defeats - a group of inexperienced and oftentimes overwhelmed Vandals struggled mightily adjusting to the varsity level.

  • Event helps fund cancer research

    Pediatric cancer is the No. 1 killer of our country's children, but there is an effort under way to change that ... and you can be a part of that effort.

    Area residents can help to fight pediatric cancer, and raise awareness of the disease, by participating in a special event this Sunday in St. Elmo.

    Regional firefighters are holding a St. Baldricks Foundation fundraiser at the St. Elmo Fire Station. A ham and beans dinner that begins at 11:30 a.m. is followed by the shaving of about 50 heads.

  • Enhanced 911 saves lives

    Fayette County residents have been asked twice to pay a nominal monthly surcharge for an emergency phone service that saves countless lives each year and twice they have chose not to do so.

    County residents will again be asked to fund an Enhanced 911 phone service, possibly this fall, and this time, we hope that they support that program.

    We agree with Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, an Illinois State Police officer, when he says that he wants Fayette County to no longer be among the few counties that dont have that service.

  • Vandalism of tribute tree is sad

    All vandalism is a senseless crime – there's no arguing that. Damaging property that belongs to someone else is nothing but mean and cruel.

    It's even worse when the target of acts of vandalism, whether or not it is the intent, is to something that has been erected to pay tribute to an individual.

    Such is the case with the evergreen tree that has been planted near the start of the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail that runs through three of Vandalias city parks.

  • State's first woman voter from Ramsey

    Now that were in the middle of all the election excitement, it seems a good time to retell a story of the first election ever held in the Hurricane Precinct near VanBurensburg.

    At this early day, Montgomery County and a portion of Fayette County were within the environs of what was then Bond County.

    Perrysville, while located in what is known as Seminary Township, Fayette County, was, in those days, the county seat of Bond County. The seat of government was later moved to Greenville, and within a few years the log cabin village of Perrysville was abandoned.

  • About 50 to shave heads at child's cancer benefit

    About 50 area people have agreed to have their heads shaved as part of an event being held Sunday to fight pedriatic cancer.

    The St. Elmo Fire Department is hosting the event for St. Baldricks Foundation, a volunteer organization that works globally to raise money for childhood cancer research.

    The event is co-sponsored by MABAS 54 (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System), which is made up of fire departments in this region of the state.

  • Eight arrested in parole sweep

    Five local people who are currently on parole were arrested late last week on new charges during a targeted sweep of parolees conducted by four local agencies.

    Also arrested during that sweep were three people who were with the parolees who were taken into custody.

    The Illinois Department of Corrections, Fayette County Sheriffs Office, Illinois State Police and Vandalia Police Department participated in the parole compliance check conducted on Thursday.