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Today's News

  • Kramer places fourth at state in high jump

    Michael Kramer had a pretty good month of May.

    Playing in several postseason baseball games for Brownstown High School, graduating from BHS, and qualifying for state in the high jump with the Brownstown-St. Elmo co-op track and field team were all memorable moments for Kramer over the past 30 days.

    They were also stepping stones on his way to the awards podium in Charleston where he received the fourth-place medal in the high jump at the IHSA State Finals.

  • Patoka falls in super-sectional slugfest

    It’s been a wild couple of weeks for the Patoka High School baseball team, and Monday night’s super sectional game against Goreville was no different. For one, it started at 6 p.m. on Monday and ended shortly after noon on Tuesday. Goreville and Patoka combined for 33 runs and 25 hits, but it was Goreville who came away with the win in the slugfest, 20-13.

    "We fought – that's all you can ask for. We didn't quit," Patoka head coach Joe Eddy said.

  • Motown finally admits the obvious

    Though it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, the CEO of Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. this week made it official. He’s not bringing a $300 million sports and entertainment facility to Vandalia.

    After months of giving our community the silent treatment, Motown’s leading man, Kenneth Bardwell, stated the obvious. It’s over.

    We’ve been jilted – jettisoned, we presume, for a newer, more-attractive model.

  • Union Cemetery tied to Decoration Day

    One of my more recent projects has been to research the history of Union Cemetery in Sharon Township. 

    This beautiful burying ground sits atop a hill with a lovely vista overlooking the prairie land to the west.  In the far distance, the smoke stack from the Coffeen power plant is visible.

    Shortly before his death, the Rev. Glenn L. Sharp, wrote a brief history of the Union congregation, telling that the first church, built of logs, was erected about 1835 by the Protestant Methodist congregation.

  • Torbecks continue leadership for Relay for Life

    The purple ribbons displayed about town represent hope for finding a cure and effective treatment in the fight against cancer, all kinds of cancer.

    The shape of the ribbons is familiar. While the pink ribbon has long represented breast cancer, the purple ribbon  represents all types of cancer.

    Behind this symbol of the battle against cancer are many people, of all ages, all stations and all walks of life, survivors and caregivers, all with the common goal – winning the fight against cancer.

  • Motown project dead

    Just a little more than a year after bringing a large contingent to town to announce its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, a group from the Detroit area has told city officials it has pulled the plug on the project.

    And Vandalia’s mayor believes that that decision may be at least partially due to the fact that the city has been considering prosecuting the group for a bad check.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The local event held annually to both raise funds for the fight against cancer and show support by those fighting the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia parks.

    The Fayette County Relay for Life begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, when teams participating in the event begin setting up in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street, and continues through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    This is the second year that the Relay for Life is being held in Rogier Park and other city parks along the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail, after being held for many years at Vandalia Community High School.

  • BREAKING NEWS-9:55 a.m., Tuesday

    Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. notified Vandalia officials on Tuesday morning that its Vandalia project is officially dead.

    In a letter received on Tuesday morning by City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Motown CEO Kenneth Bardwell notified the city that it no longer plans to proceed with its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment facility in Vandalia.

    Along with the letter, which is dated June 1, Bardwell enclosed a payment of $17,500 for reimbursement of a traffic study the city had performed for the project. The payment was made with three checks.

  • Patoka to face South Central in sectional championship

    Patoka will play South Central on Saturday in the Albion Sectional championship at 1 p.m.

    The winner plays in the Marion Supersectional on Monday at 6 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Patoka defeated Dieterich 3-0 and South Central defeated Albion 7-4.

    South Central beat Patoka 9-7 earlier this season.

  • Relay for Life pie auction June 3-4

     A pie auction to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from 9-11 a.m. next Thursday and Friday on WPMB Radio, AM 1500.

    This year's Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, in Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.