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Today's News

  • Bombers win seventh consecutive match

    Brownstown High School has one of the hottest volleyball teams in the area. On Tuesday night, they defeated Neoga in three games, to win their seventh straight match.

    The Bombers won the first game 25-22, but dropped the second 20-25, forcing a decisive this game that put their win streak in jeopardy. Brownstown was able to pull off a 25-19 win in game three to win the match.

    Shelby Pryor had 18 kills and 16 digs. Amy Fulk was hot on her tail with 17 kills and 16 digs. Fulk also had three blocks. Brittany White also had 16 digs

  • Cougars win 11th straight MTC Championship

    For the 11th straight year, the South Central baseball team finishes the fall season atop the Midland Trail Conference. The Cougars defeated North Clay, 6-2, Monday night.

    South Central led the whole game, putting up two runs in the first inning.

    Derek Harmeier kept North Clay off the board through the first three innings, before giving up two runs in the fourth to make it a 3-2 game. Harmeier shut out North Clay in the final three innings while the offense scored three more runs.

    Harmeier struck out 12 and gave up just two hits.

  • Dr. Hans Rollinger honored by FCH district board

    Hans Rollinger, M.D., was honored for his service to the community at a reception by the Fayette County Hospital District Board before its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 28.

    Delbert Miller, chairman of the hospital district board, presented a plaque to Rollinger in honor of his contributions to the district board as well as to the hospital.

  • VCC solution is vital to future of this area

    This area dodged a major bullet last week when a Johnson County judge issued a preliminary injunction that prevented Gov. Pat Quinn from laying off more than 2,600 state employees – including about 125 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    The ruling sends the governor and the union representing the prison workers back to the bargaining table.

    Hopefully, by buying some time, the two sides can begin moving down a path that will lead to real solutions that work for everyone involved.

  • Newspaper Week a chance to reflect on changes

    Given the roller-coaster ride that those of us in the media have been on this past year, it’s more appropriate than ever to pause and take a deep breath during National Newspaper Week.

    And as we do, it’s time to take stock of this always fascinating but sometimes maddening institution in which we toil.

  • Vandalia opts for 'local,' not cheaper

    A Vandalia contracting firm won a six-figure city contract Monday, after officials rejected two lower bids in favor of keeping jobs here.

    “We need to make sure we look highly at the local men and women,” Mayor Ricky Gottman said, after aldermen voted 5-3 against accepting an Okawville-based contractor’s bid to perform a sanitary sewer extension project on West Main Street.

  • Smiles all around

    It’s only one hour a week. But, the smiles that fill the room tell you it is one very big hour in many people’s lives.

    The gathering in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia last Monday was much like every other Evergreen Outreach session.

    There was singing, clapping, dancing, card-playing and, of course, a lot of smiling.

  • Thursday at 4:40 p.m.-Motown asks for more time to secure funding

    The Michigan-based firm that plans to build $300-million sports and entertainment complex on Vandalia’s west side has asked the city for time to secure funding for the project.

    Under a contract approved in May, Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc., had until Thursday to provide city officials with proof that they had secured funding for the project.

  • Fayette County Hospital making cuts

    In response to declining revenues, rising expenses and lagging reimbursements, the chief executive officer of Fayette County Hospital on Monday announced an extensive slate of cost-cutting measures designed to save the hospital $500,000 over the next three months.

    Greg Starnes said that all of the hospital’s 320 employees would share in the cuts, which will go into effect Oct. 1.

  • Family YMCA moving forward on plans for new facility

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County this week announced that it will move forward with plans to construct a $1.2-million building in Vandalia.

    The 14,560-square-foot building will include a full-size gymnasium, a weightlifting and cardio area, a walking track, a multi-purpose room and locker rooms. It will be located on a 4-acre tract of land behind Miller Field, across Rock Island Avenue east of the Vandalia campus of Kaskaskia College.