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Today's News

  • Meth maker gets 12-year sentence

    Just one month after being charged with several methamphetamine offenses, a rural Vandalia man has accepted a 12-year sentence.
    Charles L. Nelson, 60, accepted the lengthy prison term in pleading guilty to a charge of possessing 900 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine.
    As a result of the plea bargain with the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, four other charges were dismissed.

  • West-Thierry

    Jessica Ann West of Dawson and Donald Eugene Thierry of Vandalia were married in a 4 p.m. ceremony on May 17, 2014, at Fillmore Lake in Fillmore, with Dave Atchison.

  • Births

    Dawson Duane & Cade Ryan Willms
    Trevor and Megan Willms of rural Brownstown are the parents of twin boys born at 10 and 10:01 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2014, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Graumenz – 60 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Graumenz of St. Peter will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Vandalia's fastest soccer player is set to embark on his senior season

    VANDALIA – Austin Durbin finished Monday’s session of the Challenger Sports soccer camp in basketball shoes.

    One of his soccer cleats – which was just barely hanging on as useable – finally met its demise, splitting open at the seams, but Durbin wasn’t about to let that stop him from playing in the end-of-the-day scrimmage.

    And despite the decreased footing, the senior never wavered from his signature playing style – fast and aggressive.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Robert L. Eddy, 39, RR 1, Herrick, was arrested on July 14 for failure to appear in court in a divorce case. Bond was $5,000.
    • Keith J. Weller, 25, Palmer, was arrested on July 14 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was released at the order of a judge.
    • Cole Y. Shoraga, 22, Pana, was arrested on July 14 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $5,000.
    • Darren M. Rhodes, 43, 412 E. Oak St., Brownstown, was arrested on July 14 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $350 cash.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 17

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Vandalia upset at District tourney

    Top-seeded Vandalia was upset in the first round of the District Tournament on Sunday, taking a 6-4 loss to No. 4 Teutopolis in Robinson.

    T-Town’s Andy Borries struck out 15 in the winner’s bracket semifinals of the District Tournament, which was delayed by rain on Saturday and Monday, pushing Vandalia’s next game to Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

  • The Days of Lincoln
  • HARNER: Sudden success of Sr. Legion is not a surprise

    American Legion baseball exists in part to teach young men of this country the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship by participating in a sport supported by veterans.

    The Legion itself promotes these values on its website, but too many times, these values are forgotten when adults involved with the programs develop their own ulterior motives.