Today's News

  • Dr. Billy Smith had the gift of healing

    “I knew it when I was 21,” he said. “Up to that time, I had only treated horses or some suffering animal. One day, I happened to visit a man who as very ill with erysipelas.  His head was twice as large as it should have been, and the doctors told him they couldn’t help. That man received my first treatment.  The next day, he was up and all right.”

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (April 7)

    South Central shuts out Brownstown

    The Cougars scored in every inning to defeat Brownstown, 10-0, last Thursday.

    Junior Colton Wilkins earned the win by pitching four innings, and at the plate, he was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

    Junior Colby Bushue paced the offense with a 3-for-3 effort. He, along with junior Cole Armstrong, also had two RBI.

    For Brownstown, senior Bryce Mason and freshman Jake Behrends both collected one of the team's two hits.

  • New Briefs

    Relay for Life book sale continues

    A book sale to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life is continuing at National Bank, 520 W. Gochenour St., Vandalia.
    The sale will continue until all books are sold.

    VCHS book fair is next week

    Vandalia Community High School is hosting a book fair April 11-18, from 8-4 p.m. daily. Parents may go online to shop and place orders at scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs.
    For more information, contact Fran Rickman at 283-5155 ext 288.

  • Other Fayette County vote totals

    Evans Public
    Library District
    *Melanie Maag Bowles-760
    *F. Gale Meseke-839

    St. Elmo Public
    Library District
    6-Year Term
    *Mary K. Spitler-687
    One seat to be filled by appointment
    4-Year Term
    *Tony Koberlein-642
    *Rodney Crawford-516
    *Don Crawford-550

    6-Year Term
    *William LaDage-2,134
    4-Year Term
    *Bruce Bannister-1,880

  • School board vote totals

    *Connie Goldsmith-979
    *Judy Wasmuth-895
    *Jay G. Smith-889
    *Matt Hall-917

    *Kent L. Kistler-200
    *Brian Oberlink-239
    *Danyele Harre-204
    Michele Powell-164

    ST. ELMO
    *Josh R. Bushue-398
    *E. Dean Buzzard-469
    *Shannon Moss-476

    *Pat Click-196
    *Jim Thomas-204
    *Jim Masset-212

  • Community Sports Briefs (April 7)

    Bushue to open season with Lexington on Thursday

    Houston Astros prospect and South Central High School graduate Tanner Bushue will open the 2011 season with the Class A Lexington Legends on Thursday.

    Lexington opens the season with eight straight home games, the first four against Charleston and the last four against Hagarstown. Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in last season's Major League draft, plays for Hagarstown.

    In 25 starts, Bushue was 7-8 with a 4.11 earned run average for the Legends last season.

  • KC holds GED graduation

    Kaskaskia College recently held a GED graduation ceremony in the Lifelong Learning Center.
    All GED completers are eligible for a Kaskaskia College GED scholarship.
    The scholarship covers tuition and student technology fees and may be awarded for up to 48 credit hours as long as the student meets eligibility requirements and attends consecutive semesters.

  • Marriage Licenses-April 7, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Bryan Lee Washburn
    Myrna Sue Boone

    Jason James Carpenter
    Stacey Lynn Sarchet

    Joshua Aaron Willium Bergman
    Heather Mae Carroll

    Cody James Hawkings
    Brittany Mae Crandell

  • Local bowling team wins tourney
  • Sheriff's arrest log-April 7, 2011

    • Kevin L. Houser, 29, Newton, was arrested on April 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Ashley A. Swarringin, 25, 106 Woods St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 5 for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jerry R. Jones, 49, Decatur, was arrested on April 4 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.