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Today's News

  • One charged with robbery waives prelim

    One of three men arrested on attempted robbery charges following an incident that resulted in one of them sustaining a gunshot wound has pleaded not guilty.
    At a hearing last Wednesday afternoon, Randy Montgomery, 47, of Coffeen, entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, conflict public defender Thomas Zurliene.
    Montgomery waived his right for a preliminary hearing and also waived formal arraignment during the brief hearing before Judge James L. Roberts.

  • Statehouse cut back to four days

    Just a week after hearing that Illinois’ tourism numbers are on the rise, Vandalia residents are learning that their biggest tourist attraction is taking a big hit.
    A month after saying that cuts at state historic sites were likely, officials of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced those cuts.
    The sites affected by those cuts include the Vandalia Statehouse, which will now be open one less day each week.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 7

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, August 8

  • 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.