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Today's News

  • Carolyn Daniels retiring after 23 years with SAFE

    Carolyn Daniels is small in stature, but a giant in terms of the service, heart and dedication she has given to the Fayette County residents in need of counseling, help and advocacy in the courts.

    Daniels, as the executive director of SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) for the past 23 years, she has been an understanding, compassionate person who cares enough to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Senior Legion loses seventh one-run game

    Monday night, Post 95 suffered its seventh one-run loss of the season and 12th loss overall, a statistic that haunts head coach Steve Hosick.

    Hosick said Tuesday that he thinks the players, “small town” mentality is partly to blame for the team's close losses. He thinks the players have a state of mind that tells them that playing a team close is good enough.

  • Junior Legion swept by Effingham

    Vandalia was swept in a doubleheader against Effingham last Wednesday. The Vandals failed to capitalize on opportunities, and errors on routine ground balls and dropped fly balls allowed Effingham second-chance opportunities.

    “You have to take care of your pitcher, and when a pitcher gets ground balls and fly balls, you have to take care of him and make those plays,” coach Luke Hohlt said. “A few guys are playing out of position and we’re kind of short-handed. They have to learn to make the plays when they’re out of position.”

  • Freight looking for redemption at Altamont's Fourth of July Tourney

    For the past year, Guaranteed Air Freight has had time to think about the last year's Fourth of July Tournament in Altamont, where they were blanked in the championship, 7-0, by Cerro Gordo.  This weekend, they will get another shot at the title.

    The Freight is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Kelso Klassic. .

    Friday night, Vandalia will play its first game of the tournament, against T-Town KC at 7:30 p.m. on field A.

    Should Vandalia win, it will play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of the Franny’s vs. Kull’s game.

  • Downtown project currently ahead of schedule

    Despite all of the rain in recent weeks, the downtown improvement project is moving along at a good pace.

    At Vandalia Main Street’s fourth “Mornings on Main Street” meeting, Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers told a group of downtown merchants that contractors have been able to stay ahead of the proposed pace.

    “As you can tell, we’ve gone to stage II of the project, between Sixth and Seventha streets,” Jackson said.

  • Marshel provides farmers with information, support

    At this time of the year, it is usual to see the farmers working their fields, or the planted fields showing the evidence of the work done.

    The heavy, frequent rains have changed the countryside this year, as they have prevented most farmers from having access to their fields with the farm machinery.

    Ron Marshel recognizes the seriousness of the situation, sympathizes with the area farmers and continues to work to help better the agriculture industry for the farmers in his position of manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.

  • Learn all you can of Motown's plan

    It’s been nearly a month since the Vandalia City Council signed an agreement with a Michigan firm that could bring a $300 million sports complex to our community.

    The 2-million-square-foot development is to be located on 150 acres south of Wal-Mart. The developer – Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. – told the city that the project will create about 2,000 temporary construction jobs and nearly 900 full-time jobs, once the facility is completed. Those are big-time numbers in a county with double-digit unemployment.

  • Attend the Bluegrass Festival

    One of our community’s biggest festivals, the Grande Levée at the Vandalia Statehouse, has been lost for at least this year, due to state budget cuts.

    But local volunteers have been working feverishly over the past few months to organize a substitute festival, one that includes both a number of the popular attractions from the Grande Levée and new, unique activities.

  • Re-enactment groups perform funeral

    It is Saturday evening and I am sitting here reliving the events of earlier today.

    Amidst the tombstones in Liberty Cemetery near Bingham, the honor guard from Ramsey’s American Legion Post #460, along with members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, 22nd North Carolina Infantry and 15th Northwest Arkansas re-enactment groups, stood at attention, their muskets and rifles in mourn position.

  • Ramsey Daze begins on Thursday

    The 21st annual Ramsey Daze celebration is Thursday through Saturday.

    A large carnival set up in Lions Park will be open from 6-10 p.m. the first two nights and from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday.

    Eleven boys and girls are entered in the annual Little Miss and Mister Pageant that starts the weekend celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by an evening of free music by the “Prairieland Pickers.” Reigning royalty are Brenna Hayes and Mister Zayn Sidener.

    Friday night features the annual garden tractor pull and more free music, all starting at 6 p.m.