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Today's News

  • Third annual Hartz Memorial run/walk a success

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the third annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 5K run/walk last Saturday, with proceeds from the race benefitting the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Scholarship.

    Kevin Childers won the 5K in 30:17, and Sheba Shimoji was the fastest in the 10K, finishing in 49:28.

    10K results
    •Sheba Shimoji, 49:28
    •Roger Hill, 56:05
    •Melanie Bowles, 57:34
    •Beth Hoffmann, 1:20:44

  • YMCA holding public meeting on new co-ed summer ball program on Aug. 13

    A public meeting will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of the baseball programs offered by the YMCA.

    In June 2015, the YMCA will shift to a new co-ed ball program for youth aged 9-14.

    Children will be broken up into two or three groups, and the program will be held every day of the week for five weeks from noon-1:30 p.m.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (July 3)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Slideways RC (July 31)

    Winners through three weeks of track's points series.

    Kidz Modz
    •Week 1: Braden Manley
    •Week 2: Tyler Frolik
    •Week 3: Frolik

    Adult Stock
    •Week 1: DJ Holliday
    •Week 2: John Brackenbush
    •Week 3: BJ Deal

    B-Mods
    •Week 1: Cole Rhodes
    •Week 2: Chaz Smail
    •Week 3: Stacy Stewart

    Outlaw Modifieds
    •Week 1: Cole Rhodes
    •Week 2: Steve Johnson III
    •Week: Josh Lofland

  • VFOD men's slo-pitch softball (July 31)

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams men's slo-pitch softball league will conclude its regular season on Wednesday before hosting an All-Star Game on Aug. 4 and a championship tournament on Aug. 11-12.

    With two wins on Wednesday, BCH Detailing would tie Roger Craig Welding for the regular-season championship, but if Patoka Fire Dept. beats BCH in one of the two games, RCW will be the outright champion.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Ramsey shooting, Pana standoff may have a link

    Authorities investigating a standoff in the Pana area that ended with a Pana man being fatally shot and a police officer wounded are studying a link to a prior shooting incident in Fayette County.
    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a home southeast of Pana at about 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of “a man with a gun,” according to the Illinois State Police.

  • Statehouse visitors

    For many years, tourism has been the second-largest industry in Illinois, and on Tuesday, a state tourism official said that Fayette County is seeing great benefit from that industry.

  • Lincoln group coming back in '15

    Known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career, Vandalia is gearing up – for the second time in a decade – to host numerous people who portray this country’s 16th president.
    Through the work of Lewis “Abe” Clymer, who portrays Lincoln at area events, Vandalia has again landed the annual convention of The Association of Lincoln Presenters.
    And while that convention is about nine months away, a local group is already busy planning the four-day event in April.

  • Community garden gives Brownstown produce

    Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.