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Today's News

  • Area Community Calendar

    Wednesday, October 1

    eoe" A flu clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

    Thursday, October 2

    eoe" Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Thursday-1:25 p.m.---Ramsey man guilty of first-degree murder

    A Ramsey man was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder at the conclusion of a 3 1/2-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Michael E. York, 29, will be sentenced on Oct. 24 on the crimes of first-degree murder, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery of a pregnant person.

    The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all three counts filed by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and his assistant, Matt Chancey.

  • Attend E911 hearing

    At the general election about a month from now, Fayette County residents will be asked for the third time to approve a telephone surcharge to fund emergency phone service. We’re hoping that the third time is a charm.

    We’ve given residents information prior to the first two votes on the issue, and we will be doing that again prior to the Nov. 4 election.

    But we’re hoping that residents also take the initiative to gather information on their own and ask questions.

  • Patoka wins EIC for first time since 2004

    It was one of the few times all game that Drew Baldridge needed some help.

    The junior righty had just recorded his 10th strikeout Monday, putting the Patoka baseball team on the brink of its first Egyptian-Illini Conference regular-season title since 2004.

    But Beecher City still had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh - and Baldridge admits he was running on fumes.

    Fortunately for the Warriors, catcher Derek Back picked up his pitcher by picking off an unsuspecting runner at third base, closing out a 5-0 Warriors win.

  • Bushue strikes out 19 in no-hitter, Cougars win MTC again

    A near-perfect outing by senior phenom Tanner Bushue helped the South Central baseball team finish a flawless run through the Midland Trail Conference regular-season slate Friday, as the Cougars wrapped up their 10th-straight MTC title with an 11-0 victory at Noble.

    Bushue's amazing fall continued, as he hurled his first career no-hitter, coming within one strikeout of tying his own school record of 20 Ks.

    Bushue also came within a hit batsman in the first inning of throwing a perfect game, as he allowed no runs on no hits and no walks.

  • Lady Eagles place 4th at state

    For the first time in the school district's history, state tournament hardware will be on display in Mulberry Grove's trophy case.

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team guaranteed that in surprisingly easy fashion Friday, rolling to an 8-0 victory over Springfield Christ the King in its IESA Class A State Tournament opener at Champions Field in Normal.

    The only question that remained after the win was how big of a trophy the Lady Eagles would bring home.

  • Lady Vandals atop SCC-East

    The Vandalia volleyball team took a major step toward a South Central Conference East Division title Thursday night, beating eight-time defending champion Pana on the Lady Panthers' home floor, 25-16, 16-25, 25-17.

    "Pana was a huge win - huge," said Lady Vandals coach Allison Smith of the team's first victory over the Panthers since 2004. "We came out and just played phenomenal."

    The Lady Vandals picked up a similar victory earlier in the season against another team that's had its number of late, topping archrival Greenville at home.

  • Vandals bounce back, beat 'Toppers

    It was obvious to anyone in attendance Friday night at Mark Greer Field that the Vandalia football team was vulnerable.

    All one had to do was look at the Vandals' sideline, where two-way standout Mitch Whightsil was relegated for the entire game against Hillsboro due to a lingering leg injury suffered in Week 4's heartbreaking loss to Greenville.

    What was not so obvious was exactly how vulnerable the Vandals were.

  • Earnest takes four gold medals, one silver in international competition

    The final tally: four golds and a silver.

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest, who will begin another college bowling season at Vanderbilt University in approximately one month, earned four gold medals at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships as a member of Junior Team USA. She also grabbed a silver at the competition, which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador.

    The most important - and last - gold was the one awarded for the overall highest pin count. Earnest's total pin count for the five-day tournament was 5,138.

  • Early church services long and colorful

    Lately, the book that has sat on my bedside table for nightly reading has been the "1882 History of Bond and Montgomery County, Illinois." W. H. Perrin was the editor, and he gathered together an excellent array of writers for this book.

    Perrin’s writers traveled about both counties and interviewed old settlers, thereby preserving the earliest memories of when the white men first settled in this territory.