Today's News

  • Lower bond asked

    A jury trial scheduled for later this month for a Vandalia man charged with 10 counts of child pornography charges is being delayed as pretrial issues continue to be resolved.
    One of those issues is a request from the attorney for Ryan J. Koontz, Shin Cho of St. Louis, Mo., to have Koontz’s bond amount reduced.
    Cho filed on Monday a motion seeking to have Koontz’s bond lowered from $300,000 to $150,000, meaning that the amount that Koontz would be required to post would be reduced from $30,000 to $15,000.

  • Rauner cycles into Vandalia

    The governor of Illinois stopped in Vandalia on Saturday as he rode his motorcycle through the southern Illinois to raise funds that will help veterans.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Corey A. Hemphill, 29, East St. Louis, was arrested on Aug. 30 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,000.
    • Rande T. Sussenbach, 45, Pocahontas, was arrested on Aug. 30 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.
    • Laura L. Orlovich, 42, Pocahontas, was arrested on Aug. 30 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a hypodermic needle. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 1

    ✔ The Fayette County Farm Bureau's marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey and steak dinner. The survey gets under way at 8 a.m. with breakfast in the Farm Bureau office basement; all interested in participating are to call the Farm Bureau, 283-3276, and to show up at that time. The steak dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office, with Jim Riddle of Total Grain Marketing being the speaker; the cost is $5 and reservations are required. Contact the Farm Bureau at 283-3276 to make reservations for the dinner.

  • Fayette County Speedway (August 27 results)

    HEAT 1
    1.    84 TYLER DIEBERT
    2.    28 MICHAEL BOLYARD
    4.    0P DEAN PRUETT
    HEAT 2
    1.    81 PAUL BAILEY
    2.    K9 WILL KRUP
    4.    21 KHRIS FOHNE
    HEAT 3
    1.    95 LARRY ANDERSON
    2.    1 ZACH FAIR
    3.    21S KENNY SHAW

  • Area Prep Roundup (Sept. 1)


  • Bombers pick up first win of the season over CHBC, 7-3


  • Lady Vandals open season with two-game sweep over SEB


  • Vandals use second-half surge to top Miners, 15-14


  • Ramsey teen dies in accident

    A Ramsey teen sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County.

    The Illinois State Police said that Payge Donaldson, 18, of Ramsey, was pulling out of Indian Springs Golf Course onto Ill. Route 185 in a 2014 Ford passenger car at 3:08 p.m. and failed to yield to a westbound 2005 Sterling tractor pulling a homemade tailer driven by Eric Wehrle, 40, of Vandalia.

    The tractor driven by Wehrle was unable to avoid striking the Donaldson vehicle, according to state police.