Today's News

  • Wyatt Earp named for a Vandalia man

    Most of us have heard of Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the O.K. Corral, but did you know that Marshal Wyatt Earp was named for a Vandalia man?

    Yes, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was named for his father’s commander during the Mexican War, Capt. Wyatt Berry Stapp, whose family came from Kaskaskia to Vandalia with the capital.

    One of eight children of Nicholas Porter Earp and Virginia Ann Cooksey, Wyatt Earp was born on March 19, 1848, in Monmouth, in Warren County, at the home of his aunt, Elizabeth Earp.

  • Woolsey feels he has been blessed many times in his life.

    Herb Woolsey was released from active duty with the Army Infantry in September 1953. However, in early 1954, an armored tank unit in Vandalia needed a company commander, and Woolsey was asked to take the job.

    He did and remained with the reserve unit as the commander until June 30, 1985, when it was disbanded. He served 34 years in the service and retired a colonel. An all-American patriot, he is often asked to speak at Memorial Day and Veterans Day events.

  • Patoka volleyball falls in sectional final

    When the season started, Patoka head coach Nicki Brubaker didn't think that her Lady Warriors would be in a sectional final come the first week of November. But Patoka was able to overcome adversity throughout the season, win its regional tournament and first-round sectional game against Campbell Hill.

    However, Patoka‘s postseason run came to an end Thursday night in Lebanon in front of a crowd of close to 1,000.

    "I think the fan support was amazing from Patoka. I think pretty much everybody in Patoka was here," Brubaker said.

  • Fate of St. Elmo police chief will be determined on Thursday

    About 80 vehicles, ranging in size from compact cars to a road grader, paraded through St. Elmo on Monday night. There to greet each of the vehicles on Main Street was Ken Thomason, the man for whom the parade was held.

    That parade was organized by Dale Sperry as a way of showing community support for Thomason, who was deposed as chief of police by Mayor Larry Tish last Wednesday.

  • White goods will be accepted at recycling collection on Saturday

    The committee that has been working to maintain and increase recycling opportunities for Vandalia area residents received some good news as it prepared for this Saturday’s collection.

    Committee members learned at their recent meeting that a Vera resident has agreed to haul off white goods, including refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves, free of charges.

    They also learned that First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka has agreed to let the committee use the former Twisters building off of Veterans Avenue in Vandalia as a collection site.

  • Laches give soldiers a warm welcome and a warm meal

    What began as a simple refueling stop for a convoy of Army vehicles last week turned into a showcase for Fayette County hospitality.

    After receiving an inquiry from Army officials seeking a place to set up a refueling station, Dorothy and Steve Lach rolled out the red carpet to about a dozen groups of 20 Army vehicles traveling from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis. More than 500 personnel were involved in the convoy, which passed through the county on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • UPDATE: Ken Thomason will fight his termination

    Ken Thomason isn’t ready to give up his job without a fight. He just doesn’t know at this point what approach he will take in that fight.

    Thomason said on Friday, two days after being terminated as St. Elmo’s chief of police, that he has been talking with two attorneys since Mayor Larry Tish handed and read to him a letter of termination.

  • St. Elmo mayor fires police chief

    Two days after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish locked horns with Police Chief Ken Thomason at a city council meeting, Tish fired the police chief.

    Tish presented Thomason with a letter on Wednesday in which he stated that Thomason's termination was effective immediately.

    As for any explanation of the termination, Tish stated in the letter only that, "It is my opinion that the interests of the municipality demand your removal as chief of police."

  • Friday at 4 p.m. " LaMar among supporters of terminated police chief

    “We need a lot more of those hung up in town,” a female yelled from her vehicle Friday afternoon as she saw Michael L. LaMar holding a “Reinstate the Chief” at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Main Street.

    Upon learning that the female wanted one of those signs, LaMar pulled one from the bed of this truck.

  • Patoka falls in sectional championship

    Patoka‘s post season run came to an end Thursday night in Lebanon. The Lady Warrior’s volleyball team fell in the Lebanon Sectional final to Bunker Hill, 18-25, 13-25.

    Early in game one, it looked as if Bunker Hill would run away with the championship, leading 14-4. A 12-3 run by Patoka cut the game to just one, at 17-16, putting the Lady Warriors right back in contention. With Patoka hot on its tail, Bunker Hill went on a 8-2 run to close out the game.