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Today's News

  • Vandals get back on track at Carlinville

     Carlinville threw a zone defense at the Vandalia boys basketball team Tuesday night.

    The Vandals responded by getting in the zone on offense during a decisive 20-0 first-half run.

    VCHS hit 8 of 10 from the field during the scintillating six-minute span, turning a 12-9 deficit into a 29-12 lead.

  • Garrett getting ready for 12th pro season

     If everything goes as planned, pretty soon Shawn Garrett will be headed to another baseball spring training.

    For now, the South Central graduate is relaxing, deer hunting and pondering which team he will be playing for in about two months.

  • FCH will host two health care discussions this Thursday

    President-Elect Barack Obama has made it clear that health care reform is one of his top priorities.

    That’s why the Obama-Biden transition team is asking people to give their own thoughts and ideas how to fix the system at Health Care Community Discussions all across the country.

    It will take all of us working together to tackle health care reform, and we are counting on Americans from every walk of life to get involved.

    Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care will host two community discussions, both on Thursday, Jan. 8.

  • County to make offer on Washington School

    The Fayette County Board is on the verge of buying property that served as a Vandalia school for about 70 years.

    Meeting in special session on Monday night, the board voted unanimously to make an offer on the Washington School building.

    The board approved a $1,000 earnest check, then voted to make a $75,000 offer to the Fayette County Knights of Columbus for the building in the 300 block of South Eighth Street in Vandalia.

  • Despite some uncertainty, 2008 had some successes

    A word that could best describe 2008 in Vandalia and Fayette County is “uncertainty.”

    In the past year, rains that came often and early caused Fayette County farmers to be uncertain about this year’s crops.

    Area residents employed at Orgill’s distribution center were uncertain about the future of their jobs for an extended period. In July, those workers learned that Orgill will close the local center when it opens a new distribution center in Missouri.

  • Stine has brought Christmas joy for almost 25 years

    Twenty-four years ago, Jerry Stine donned a red suit and white beard for a Four Mile Church Christmas celebration, and it has become his “seasonal uniform” every Christmas since.

    Stine has become a Christmas-time regular at the Golden Circle Nutrition Senior Citizens building in Vandalia for several years.

  • Out with the old, in with the new

    As we prepare to close out 2008, we pause to remember the good, the bad and the ugly of the year just past ­– and to anticipate the year ahead.

    For a few, 2008 was a banner year. Others, however, can’t wait to tear off the last month of the calendar and put the year behind them. For most, it was a mixed bag.

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  • Caring mom overcomes soldiers' loneliness

    In several of my past columns, I have relied on the experiences of my sister, Sandy, a retired-Navy wife, for stories about hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, earth tremors and such.

    Sandy has another experience that I have never shared – sending a son off to the military.

    Sandy was 18 when she married a career Navy man, Jim "Zeke" Sampson, formerly of the Jimpson neighborhood in Ramsey township.

  • WEEKEND UPDATE: Cougars move to 3-0, Vandals fall to Altamont

    South Central moved to 3-0 in Vandalia Holiday Tournament play Saturday night with a 45-40 win over three-time defending champion Wesclin.

    The fourth-seeded Cougars thrashed No. 8 Shelbyville, 70-43, in its Pool B opener Friday and used a big second half to cruise past 10th-seeded Flora in its first game Saturday, 61-40.

    They will look to clinch a spot in Tuesday's title game for the second year in a row with an upset of top-seeded Greenville (3-0) Monday at 8 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals move to 10-0

     Improving to 10-0 is going to get a team noticed, no matter who they beat to get there.

    Doing so against Breese Central - and doing so by 11 points - will get a team something much more than recognition, however.

    Beating a program the caliber of the Lady Cougars equals respect.