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Today's News

  • Merchants must save parking for customers

    Sometimes, you wonder why a municipality keeps a law on the books that it doesnt enforce. Vandalia Alderman Jerry Swarm does, too.

    At Mondays meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Swarm said it bothers him that some downtown merchants use parking spaces that would be better used by their customers. It upsets him so much that he asked to get rid of the ordinance that limits parking along Gallatin Street downtown to two hours.

  • Many changes in Shobonier since 1844

    Shobonier, the only town in Kaskaskia Township, was established as a timber town in about 1844.

    It is located in Section 16, the School Section, and the first to buy lots here in 1851 were James Albert, Francis, J. Brown, Stephen Hopkins and George Willet.

    The survey of Shobonier by James R. Oliver was filed with the county as a permanent record on Nov. 20, 1859. The original town was on the west side of the railroad. Three additions, Blackman, Metzger and William Lee, have been made to the town since its beginning.

  • St. Elmo's disc golf course off to a good start

    If Saturday's grand opening of the Eagle Point Disc Golf Course is any indication, St. Elmo's mayor has succeeded in coming up with a new community attraction that people of all ages can enjoy.

    Mayor Jayson Porter estimated that more than 200 people turned out for the grand opening, with many of those playing the new disc golf course that is laid out over close to 26 acres at Lake Nellie north of town on the St. Elmo blacktop.

  • Local man found guilty of felony sex crimes

    A Vandalia man faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of three sex offenses.

    A Fayette County jury found Johnathan L. Matthews guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial.

    The jury deliberated 90 minutes before returning the verdicts early Wednesday evening.

  • Schaefer family makes hay while the sun shines

    The familiar saying, "Make hay while the sun shines" is more than just an old adage to the Schaefer family.

    It describes the ideal conditions for harvesting their living and continuing what has become a family tradition raising and selling hay not only in their neck of the woods, Beecher City and the surrounding counties, but also for customers as far away as Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri.

    They have provided hay for some of the very finest horse race champions.

    You might say the name Schaefer is almost synonymous with the word hay in some areas.

  • Support Relay for Life

    Each year, the people of Fayette County display an unbelieveable degree of generosity as they support the local Relay for Life.

    The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society features teams of walkers from throughout the county, raising money to support the fight against cancer.

    Starting at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday and continuing throughout the night, those walkers will be circling the track at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    The annual event to raise money locally for the fight against cancer is held this weekend in Vandalia.

    The Fayette County Relay for Life on Mark Greer Field at Vandalia Community High School gets under way when the gates open at 4:30 p.m., 5 hours after a new part of the event begins.

    A softball challenge has been added to this years Relay for Life, with several teams squaring off in contests at Ruemmelin Park on Locust Street.

    The Vandalia Fire Department and Vandalia Police Department are scheduled to play a doubleheader, with the first game set for 11 a.m.

  • Judge Schwarm delivers St. Elmo Memorial Day address

    I am quite proud and feel privileged to be invited to be the speaker here today as the Veterans Memorial is dedicated. This is an impressive tribute to all who have served. St. Elmo is to be commended for coming together as a community to make this happen.

    I am also humbled to be asked to speak here today. Humbled because I have never served in the military, never worn the uniform. My father, Stanley Schwarm, was a World War II veteran and a prisoner of war in Germany. I am quite proud of his service.

  • Holloway finishes 6th in shot at state meet

    Dillon Holloway is starting to think state championship.

    And considering how the Brownstown High School student finished his sophomore track and field season, he has every right to.

    Holloway broke his own school record for the third meet in a row Friday in the preliminaries of the shot put at the IHSA state track and field meet.

    Even more impressively, his toss of 51 feet, 2 1/4 inches wound up placing him sixth out of 37 competitors - with each of the five finishers in front of Holloway being seniors.

  • Lebanon too tough for Aces in title game

    The Mulberry Grove softball team did not come away with the sectional championship trophy it coveted Saturday. But the Lady Aces did exit the Class 1A Raymond-Lincolnwood Sectional with something else they've craved all season long.

    Respect.

    Despite a deceptively lopsided 7-0 victory, the top-ranked Lebanon Greyhounds saw how the Lady Aces managed to pile up 26 wins despite losing their ace pitcher to an injury early in the season.