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Today's News

  • Lack of state funds hurting school district

    As the state’s financial crisis worsens, school districts and other entities that depend on state funding are feeling the squeeze.

    State aid payments are being missed and grants are not being funded. Consequently, local districts are being forced to use their surplus funds – if they have any – to keep existing programs going and to pay their bills.

  • Five Vandal wrestlers qualify for state

    After advancing 13 wrestlers to the individual sectional, Vandalia will advance five to individual state competition this weekend in Champaign.

    "Really good tournament to get five guys through, that's a really good day," Vandalia coach Jason Clay said.

    Sophomore Trevor Pyle is heading back to state for the second straight year. Up two weight classes from a year ago, he will compete in the 119-pound weight class.

  • Vandals bounce back from loss

    The Vandalia boys basketball team survived another close game on Tuesday night,  edging Roxana, 38-37.

    Junior Daniel Bell had a team-high 12 points for the Vandals, and hit a three pointer in the final minute to give them the win.

    It was a close game all night, as neither team could pull away

    Bell got off to a slow start, with his first three points coming from the free-throw line. He broke out in the third quarter, scoring six of Vandalia's nine points in the period.

  • The check is not in the mail

    Two months after the Vandalia City Council granted an extension to the Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc., our city’s relationship with that Michigan-based group is, unfortunately, starting to look like Motown’s connection to a community in Kentucky.

    In an agreement the council approved on Dec. 7, Motown agreed to present, under the terms of that agreement, a $17,500 check to reimburse the city for a traffic study performed as part of the group’s plan to build a $300-million sports and entertainment facility in Vandalia.

  • Indian scout had connections in area

    Perry Commodore Oller was born in Bourbon County, Ky., on Feb. 4, 1819, and would go on to become one of the foremost Indian scouts in America.

    What would become his career began one day when Perry was 12. His parents, George and Elizabeth Taylor Oller, had moved to Illinois by this time, and were attacked by Indians near Swan Lake.

    It was Perry who traveled the 70 miles through an unknown wilderness to carry a message to the frontier village of Kaskaskia about the attack.

  • Suttons' story is perfect for Valentine's Day

    Marie Sutton is a familiar face in the area, as a local volunteer for causes such as Evergreen Outreach and a member of First United Methodist Church.

    Her manner is quiet, unassuming, gentle and kind, and her voice is soft with the charming accent of her native homeland, Czechoslovakia. She keeps busy and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

  • Sweet 16

    "Here's your 16th, coach," Alex Foster said to Vandalia wrestling coach Jason Clay as he handed him the regional championship plaque on Saturday as the Vandals won their 16th consecutive regional championship.

    On Saturday at about 4 p.m. the Vandals were announced as champions of the Cumberland Regional with a total of 218 points, blowing out the competition, as the second-place school, Shelbyville, had 140.5.

  • Thomason files suit against Tish alleging slander

    The St. Elmo man who served as that town’s police chief until being fired last November is suing the man who fired him.

    Ken Thomason, who was St. Elmo’s police chief for about 16 years, is alleging in a complaint filed last Thursday in Fayette County Circuit Court that Larry Tish slandered him a number of times.

    Thomason is suing Tish as an individual and not for any actions while serving as mayor of the community. He is alleging that Tish’s slanderous comments stem from his arrest by Thomason in the past.

  • County OKs drug court partnership

    Fayette County will join Effingham County to comply with a new state law mandating a new way of handling many drug offenders.

    The county board on Tuesday approved Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel’s recommendation to become a part of Effingham County’s existing Drug Court Program.

    Friedel explained to the county board that recent legislation mandates that each county have its own such program or partner with another county. He said the partnership with Effingham County seems to be this county’s best option.

  • Lady Bombers upset SC, 50-46

    It may be a little premature to call Brownstown’s win over South Central on Monday the upset of the decade, but it certainly is the upset of the season, as the Lady Bombers took down the Lady Cougars in overtime, 50-46, in the first round of the regional tournament.

    South Central entered the season as the reigning regional champs with extremely-high expectations. The season started with a bang, but over the last four weeks or so, the Lady Cougars have struggled and their season came to an end with red eyes and sniffles as they left the gym on Monday night.