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Today's News

  • Voter deadlines for Feb. 2 election approaching

    Though a number of local and state offices won’t be filled through election more than 10 months from now, those wishing to have a say in who’s elected need to make sure right now that they are eligible to vote.

    Next Tuesday is the final day that Fayette County residents may register to vote or transfer their registration for the Feb. 2 primary election.

  • Recycling continues to be popular

    The efforts of a committee heading up recycling drives in Fayette County continue to be well-received.

    “We collected more at the last two drives than we did at the first one,” said Tony Pals of the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District.

    At the Dec. 12 drive, 18 large boxes of recyclable items were collected, three more than at the initial drive, Pals said.

  • Statehouse among 'Build Your Own Lincoln Sites' scale models

    Anyone with a computer, printer, scissors and glue can now be the proud owner of five new scale models of Abraham Lincoln sites, including the Vandalia Statehouse, joining five other scale models that debuted earlier this year.

    The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission’s “Build Your Own Lincoln Sites” project now offers HO-scale models of the Lincoln Home and Lincoln Tomb, both in Springfield; Beecher Hall in Jacksonville; the Shastid Cabin in Pittsfield; and the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Anthony Workman has a new start with a new heart

    Anthony Workman was a typical 16-year-old boy who enjoyed baseball and other outdoor activities, especially hunting.

    Then he had a bout with a virus that changed his life about a year ago. It left Anthony with marked physical changes, such as tiredness, weakness and a feeling of always being cold, even during hot weather. His dad described him as boy formerly built like a football player who suddenly began losing weight.

  • Out with the old, in with the new

    As we close the door on 2009 and prepare to launch into 2010, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of what has happened in the past 12 months, and to look ahead to what the new year may hold.

    For most of us, bidding goodbye to 2009 is a welcome relief. It’s been a tough year on several fronts. Yet, many of the year's clouds were not without silver linings. Better times lie ahead.

    Following is a summary of the highlights.

    The Economy

  • Old-time Christmas stories recalled

    Christmases past were celebrated in a somewhat different way than today.

    It appears that "spreeing" was a common denominator in the tales told by the early settlers of the county. For "spreeing," insert the word "whiskey."

    This time next year, a new book, “Christmas Anthology of Illinois,” by James Ballowe of Ottawa will be in the bookstores. Included in this work are stories from around the state, Fayette County included, of how the holiday was celebrated in years past.

  • Altamont upsets Stew-Stras on day one

    Saturday's games may have been the most exciting of the tournament, as there were several close games and one major upset that threatened to throw the whole tournament into a tailspin.

    Game one

    Flora 67

    South Central 36

    South Central’s chances entering the Vandalia Holiday tournament were slim. The No. 10 Cougars had just one win on the season and had yet to really play as a team or put together a complete game.

  • Pana continues to roll on Monday, Cougars drop two

    Teams fell into familiar patterns on Monday as Pana, Flora and Wesclin all picked up wins and South Central Vandalia, and Central A&M fell.

    Session III

    Game eight

    Pana 53

    South Central 19

    In what was probably the worst team performance of the tournament during pool play, South Central scored only 19 points in a dreadful 34-point loss to Pana, 53-19.

  • Stew-Stras punches ticket to title game with free throws, Flora runs the table

    Tuesday night's games decided who would end up in Wednesday's title game, as Stew-Stras defeated Wesclin to head to the championship for the second straight year, while Flora went undefeated in pool play to cruise into the championship.

    Session V

    Game 15

    Central A&M 51

    South Central 37

    In its pool play finale, South Central looked the best it had all tournament.

    The Cougars played well throughout the game, despite losing by 14, and were as close as 10 with two minutes to go.

  • Baseball academy coming to Vandalia

    In Vandalia, there are sports camps and leagues for just about everything.

    There are basketball camps and shootouts for kids of all ages throughout the year. There is VYO football and flag football. There is Jr. Pro wrestling and numerous other camps and leagues for sports.

    But one sport that has been lagging behind in these areas is baseball. Vandalia has struggled to cultivate a "farm system" for the high school baseball teams the way other sports have.

    The interest level for baseball isn't as high in the area as it is for basketball and football.