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Today's News

  • Head Start sets open house dates

    CEFS Head Start is holding open houses on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4-7 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the local Head Start center.
    Families with children age 5 and under are invited to check out the Head Start classroom and fill out an application. The Fayette County Head Start Center is located at 1410 Sunset Drive, Suite F in Vandalia.

  • Sorghum vote under way at FSA office

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct the sorghum referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program from Feb. 1-28 at the Fayette County FSA office.
    For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than three years after the start of assessments, which began July 1, 2008.
    The order requires a simple majority vote.
    Ballots may be obtained from the FSA office, located at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, or on the Internet at www.ams.usda.gov/sorghumpage.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Feb. 23, 2011

    • Debbie S. Pfeffer, 38, Hume, was arrested on Feb. 7 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $30,000.
    • Barton L. Cothern, 49, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 7 on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of more than 900 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a weapon by a felon. Bond was $250,000.
    • Norman C. Keller, 43, Pana, was arrested on Feb. 7 on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of more than 900 grams of methamphetamine. Bond was $250,000.

  • Community Calendar-Feb. 10, 2011

    Thursday, February 10

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, February 11

  • Three youngsters win free-throw shootout
  • Jr. Club wrestling results (Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6)

    The Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers participated in three different events this past weekend.

    Saturday, Feb. 5
    at O'Fallon, Mo.

    •Markus Isaiah got first place in the 65-pound division
    •Anthony Enlow got first place in the midget heavyweight division
    •Garret Stewart got sixth place in the 95-pound division
    •Jake Stewart got second place in the 125-pound division.

  • Junior High sports briefs

    Ramsey eighth-graders win regional

    The Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Altamont, 35-27, on Tuesday to win a regional championship.

    On Monday, the top-seeded Rams defeated Beecher City, 39-16. Ramsey had a first-round bye.

    The Rams will face either Findlay Okaw Valley or Oblong at St. Elmo on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a sectional battle.

    The Vandalia eighth-graders also had a first-round bye, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 29-27, on Monday.

  • Brownstown cheerleaders qualify for state
  • Lady Bombers end disappointing season at 12-12

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team lost in its first-round regional tournament game to Dieterich, 58-53, on Monday to end its season with a 12-12 record.

    A .500 record is a disappointing finish for a team that before the season had aspirations of, at the very least, playing in a regional championship game.

    That would have been challenging, considering the state-ranked Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City co-op would have been the next opponent for the Lady Bombers had they defeated the Movin' Maroons.

  • South Central girls win regional game

    The South Central High School girls basketball was unable to play all its regular-season games due to cancellations, but a shortened season did not stop the Lady Cougars from winning their first-round regional tournament game at Red Hill on Monday.

    Facing Midland Trail Conference rival Clay City, South Central got 12 points from senior Ashley Pollard in a 37-30 win, despite not having practiced in eight days.

    The Lady Cougars advanced to play MTC regular-season champion North Clay on Wednesday at 8 p.m.