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Today's News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cowger and Kramer qualify for finals

    Will Cowger of Vandalia and Michael Kramer of St. Elmo co-op have qualified for the IHSA state track and field finals on Saturday.

    Cowger qualified in the shot put, with a heave of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

    Kramer qualified in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 3 inches.

    Vandalia's Angel Osorio also competed in the high jump, but could not clear the 6 feet, 3 inch cutline.

    Cowger and Kramer will both compete on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Charleston.

  • Osorio returning to state meet, joined by Cowger and Kramer

    For the second straight year, Vandalia qualified athletes for the boys IHSA Track and Field State Finals.

    Angel Osorio is returning to state for the second consecutive year, after placing second in the high jump at the Robinson Sectional on Friday, with a jump of 6 feet, 5 inches.

    Osorio nearly qualified for state in the 400-meter dash, placing third with a time of 52.90 seconds

    Last season at state, Osorio had to compete with the rain as well as other athletes. The weather hindered his performance placing him in a tie for 18th at 6 feet.

  • SC wins fifth straight regional championship

    No area school has had the amount of success that the South Central baseball team has experienced during coach Curt Jones' tenure.

    With 10 regional championships, two professional baseball players, countless college players through the years and a steady follow of talent and 20-win seasons, South Central's program continues to thrive.

    Saturday's 14-6 thrashing of North Clay added another chapter to the Cougars' history, as South Central got its 22nd win of the season and its fifth straight regional crown.

  • T-Town ends Vandals' season again

    T-Town continues to have Vandalia's number, beating the Vandals 11-0 on Wednesday, ending their season in the regional semifinal for the second straight season.

    "T-Town has had a good program for a very long time, and we're trying to turn our program around. It's only a matter of time before things turn and we take care of business, just like they did today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Land speculator's wife writes of her life

    The first column I wrote for this newspaper was published in January 1997. It was written about the life of Christiana Holmes Tillson of Montgomery County.

    Christiana’s husband, John Tillson, came to Illinois in June 1818, as an agent for Eastern land speculators. Christiana wrote of their early life in Illinois in the book, “A Woman’s Story of Pioneer Illinois.”

  • Remember to thank a veteran

    This  weekend, we have the opportunity to pay tribute to those special men and women who have sacrificed for the rest of us by serving in the military.

    As we observe Memorial Day on Monday, we will be reminded of the ways those courageous individuals have placed our well-being above their own comfort and safety. In some cases, they actually laid down their life as a sacrifice to keep our nation free.

    It's a monumental debt that we owe. But it's one that all too often we forget.

  • One year later....Motown is silent

    A year ago this week, a Michigan-based group told Vandalia officials and local residents that they expected the construction of a $300-million sports and entertainment complex to be under way by this spring.

    A year later, city officials are still waiting for officials from that group to return a number of phone calls and e-mails.

  • Extension is restructuring

    A few days after University of Illinois Extension announced a new administrative structure, the local Extension director said the public won’t notice many differences at the local office.

    In response to cuts in state funding, U of I Extension put together a new map designating how local Extension programs will be administered. The state’s current fiscal year ends in June, and Extension has yet to receive any state funds for this fiscal year.

  • Carson's essay wins at district level

    Katie Carson’s winning essay for the “Patriot’s Pen” contest, which is held every year by the Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770, went on to win the District 12 competition.

    Katie, the daughter of Duane and Tammy Carson, is an eighth-grader at Brownstown Junior High School. She said that her writing was partially inspired by the return home from the service of a friend, Travis.

    “The town escorted him home and had an appreciation party for him,” she said.

  • FCH continuing on an upward trend

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday heard that the hospital’s financial condition continues on a strong upward trend after cost-cutting measures were taken last fall.

    “The hospital’s volumes are fairly close to budgeted volumes and to what they were last year,” said CEO Greg Starnes.

    “There has been a great deal of attention to expense reductions and controls, as well as a focus on getting bills sent and money collected.

    "As a result, the hospital has realized profits greater than budgeted.”