Today's News

  • Washburns purchase Schaal & Associates

    Jared and Kelly Washburn have purchased the realty business owned by Keith and Kathy Schaal, and have combined Schaal and Associates with their business, Fayette County Real Estate.

  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    John David McGinness II
    Salina Mae Sandt
    Justin Louis Lee
    Kristy Lauren Lee

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Derek W. Rogers, 32, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • James G. Rogers, 48, 1008 N. Maple St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Burr M. Waltz, 49, South Fifth Street, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of methamphetamine, meth precursor or anhydrous ammonia trafficking. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.

  • For Vandals, a tough loss to take

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's 76-54 loss to Madison left a bad taste in Brian Buscher's mouth.
    Simply put, Buscher wasn't very pleased with his team's performance on Tuesday during  the opening night of the 2015 Okawville Invitational.

  • Lady Vandals winning streak reaches five

    EFFINGHAM — An  11-0  spurt in the fourth quarter propelled the Vandalia Lady Vandals to a 49-42 win over Greenville on Monday night in the first game of the  Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before they got going in a big way. Vandalia's girls scored 11 unanswered points to take control of the game.

  • Vandals shine in home finale

    Even with several key performers missing in action, the Vandalia Vandals celebrated Senior Day by winning two of three wrestling duals on Saturday.
    The Vandals were shorthanded for the quad, but still won two out of three. Vandalia topped Robinson, 47-15. The Vandals then knocked off Monticello, 42-30. Murphysboro took advantage of Vandalia's open weights in a 39-37 win over the hosts in the final dual of the day.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said the open weights were tough to overcome against Murphysboro.

  • Wrestling team earns dual wins at Litchfield, Carlinville

    LITCHFIELD — The Vandalia Vandals split two duals at Litchfield on Thursday night.
    Vandalia beat Highland, 51-21. But Litchfield knocked off the Vandals, 39-30.
    After splitting the duals, the Vandals are now 19-6 in duals.

    Litchfield defeated Vandalia, 39-30.
    Litchfield won by forfeit at 106. Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay defeated Collin Davidson, 7-2, at 113. Chaston Womack earned a 15-0 decision over Tyler Thiessen at 120.

  • Lady Vandals earn payback

    One frustrating loss had tormented the Vandalia Lady Vandals for nearly a month.
    So when the Lady Vandals got another shot at Pana, it's safe to say there was some extra motivation.
    In the end, Vandalia's girls earned some sweet revenge with Thursday's 41-27 victory over the Pana Lady Panthers.
    The Lady Vandals had suffered a upsetting overtime loss at Pana on Dec. 15, with a controversial call playing a big role.
    But this time, the Lady Vandals took care of business, earning some payback in the process.

  • Area boys: Patoka beats SEB, falls to Altamont

    PATOKA — Two of the top small school boys basketball teams in the region met on Saturday in Patoka.
    In the end, Altamont earned a 63-48 win over the host Warriors.
    Jered Cain scored 16 points to lead Patoka (13-6). Garrett Belcher had 12 and Tyler Back added 10 for the Warriors.
    Adam Mayhaus poured in 32 points for the Indians, while Ryan Armstrong scored 27. Altamont made 26 of 33 free throws, while Patoka connected on just 9 of 20 at the foul line.