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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jacqueline U. Baker, 18, Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on Aug. 5 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jennifer S. Johnson, 37, 1306 N. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 8 on charges of criminal sexual abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly or disabled. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.
    • Noah L. Oberlink, 21, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on Aug. 4 on a charge of aggravated speeding. Bond was $2,000.

  • Lemonade Raid Raises $3,000

    Carson LaDage serves a glass of lemonade during the second annual Carson's Lemonade Raid at County Market.

    The event raised about $3,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Carson is the son of Vandalia native Todd LaDage and the grandson of Bill and Sharon LaDage of Vandalia.

  • Working for Tips

    For the second year, Vandalia Swimming Pool Manager Lisa Robbins and her staff worked for tips and donations at Sonic, with the money raised to go into the "Save Our Pool" fund.

    The money in that fund will go toward renovations to the pool. At right, Sonic employee Lane Fifer, right, shows pool employee Jaedyn Worker how to work a coin changer.

  • Two locals hope second season of college baseball equals more playing time

    Two local players who exclusively played junior varsity baseball during their first year of college are both hopeful that their sophomore seasons will bring more playing time.

    South Central High School graduate Austin Schwarm and Patoka High School graduate Quinn Wadkins both said they have reason to believe they can compete for varsity roster spots at their respective colleges this coming academic year.

  • Miller Field pavilion latest addition at YMCA

    VANDALIA – The Family YMCA of Fayette County has made another improvement to its facility, and yet another will be installed at the end of the month.

    Builders from Pine Ridge Homes recently completed a pavilion that is situated on the west side of the area between the four playing fields on Miller Field, and on Aug. 22, the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Playground is scheduled to be installed.

  • HARNER: Weekend statue ceremony brings childhood nostalgia

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Some 20 years ago, Jim Thome purchased a Jeep from the dealership where my dad was employed as a mechanic.

    To a 6-year-old, the future Cleveland Indians standout was a monster of a man, a gentle giant towering over me as he signed the back of my baseball card in Shelby, Ohio, instantly becoming my favorite player.

    Last Saturday night, Thome again became a giant of a man, only this time, he was encased in bronze.

  • Atwood All-Stars win two of three; Roger Craig Welding earns slo-pitch league championship

    The Atwood All-Stars won two of three games against the Murray All-Stars on Monday night during the Vandalia Field of Dreams men’s slo-pitch softball All-Star Game, and Roger Craig Welding earned the regular-season championship last Wednesday.

    Murray took the first All-Star Game, 5-2, while Atwood took 4-3 wins in games two and three. Game three went eight innings.

    Roger Craig Welding picked up the tournament title on tie-breaking criteria after BCH Detailing won two games on Wednesday to finish with a 13-7 record.

  • Registration open for YMCA youth programs

    Registration is open for a pair of youth sports programs at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

    FLAG FOOTBALL

    Children in grades 2-4 may register for the flag football program at the YMCA, with games beginning in September.

    The registration deadline is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. There is no late registration.

    Registration cost is $35 for members and $70 for non-members. Payment is due at the time of registration.

    Included are a uniform T-shirt and a mouthpiece, which is required to be worn during all games.

  • Fayette County Speedway (Aug. 1)

    UMP MODIFIED
    HEAT 1
    1. 25C CRAIG KERN
    2. 2M MICHAEL MEYER
    3. 52 BILLY KNEBEL JR
    4. 27 LENNY GARSON
    HEAT 2
    1. 24H MIKE HARRISON
    2. N59 CHAD EVANS
    3. BUD1   LARRY ANDERSON
    4. 128 ZACH SCHANTZ
    DASH
    1. 24H MIKE HARRISON
    2. 25C CRAIG KERN
    3. N59 CHAD EVANS
    4. 52 BILLY KNEBEL JR
    FEATURE
    1. 24H MIKE HARRISON
    2. 25C CRAIG KERN
    3. BUD1  LARRY ANDERSON
    4. 52 BILLY KNEBEL JR
    5. 128 ZACH SCHANTZ

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (Aug. 7)

    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.