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Today's News

  • Pana uses fourth-quarter run to edge Vandals

    The Vandals' execution was perfect. Unfortunately, the foreboding sense of dj vu that followed was all too familiar.

    Trailing by three points with six seconds to go in Tuesday's game against Pana at VCHS, Vandals coach Kevin Jackson asked senior Brenden Wasmuth to miss the last of his three free-throw attempts in order to give the Vandals a chance to send the game into overtime with a 3-point shot.

    Wasmuth followed the orders to a T, firing up an errant shot that caromed into the hands of Drew Bell. Bell then found Wasmuth behind the 3-point line, again, according to plan.

  • St. Anthony holds off Eagles in NTC title game

    Colton Booher had already made some history.

    By virtue of his 22-point performance in Saturday's NTC Tournament title game, the St. Elmo senior had locked up a spot on the all-tournament team long before the final buzzer sounded.

    It was Booher's fourth all-tournament selection - an unprecedented feat in the event's 73-year history.

  • Super Bowl player has strong local ties

    Super Bowl parties at Sue Miller's house have been pretty standard in recent years.

    There's lots of food, lots of people, lots of mingling... and, oh yeah - there's a football game on TV.

    As is the case at many get-togethers on America's biggest non-declared holiday, the big game has, on occasion, taken a backseat at the Millers' Shobonier residence during their annual Super Bowl bash.

    Not this year, though.

    "I'm not going to be playing cards or anything else once the game starts," Miller said.

  • Vandals win Litchfield Tournament for 13th time in 14 years

    The Panther Wrestling Tournament is hosted by Litchfield High School. But it might as well be renamed the Vandals' Invitational.

    The Vandalia wrestling team continued its string of dominance at the tournament Saturday, closing out the regular season by claiming its 13th title in 14 years at the event.

    The Vandals will look to keep a similar run of dominance going Saturday when it opens up the postseason at the Cumberland Regional, as VCHS will be shooting for its 14th straight regional title.

  • Engineer says Route 51 study will take four years

    A large group of Fayette County residents turned out last Thursday afternoon to find out the possible path for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through the county. What they found out is that they can play a part in making that determination.

    Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Route 51 expansion project, told that crowd at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus that the public meeting was being held to introduce the U.S. 51 Environmental Impact Statement Project.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Monday, February 4

    eoe" An arthritis support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Service building, 1108 S. Willow St., Effingham.

    eoe" The Vandalia City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the former city hall, 221 S. Fifth St.

    Tuesday, February 5

    PRIMARY ELECTION DAY Polls open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

    eoe" The Vandalia Rotary Club will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Engineer says Route 51 study will take four years

    A large group of Fayette County residents turned out last Thursday afternoon to find out the possible path for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through the county. What they found out is that they can play a part in making that determination.

    Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Route 51 expansion project, told that crowd at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus that the public meeting was being held to introduce the U.S. 51 Environmental Impact Statement Project.

  • Get out and vote!

    Next Tuesdays primary election will feature only three contested races, and only residents in three county board districts will be voting on those contests. But that doesnt mean that everyone else in the county should not bother going to the polls on Tuesday.

    Fayette County residents should take advantage of the rescheduling of Illinois primary, to allow it to be included in Super Tuesday. On that day, voters in 20 states will be selecting their presidential candidates.

  • Helm, Taylor worthy of Abes

    The two individuals who last Thursday received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce have a lot in common. Its just that they have taken different paths in reaching a similar goal serving the community and its people.

    Saundra Helm and Ed Taylor Jr. are also similar in that they have quietly and modestly done numerous things to benefit other residents of the area.

  • Stapp served state for most of his life

    James T. B. Stapp was born in Fayette County, Ky., (now Woodford County), on April 13, 1804, the youngest child of James and Sarah "Sally" Burbridge Stapp. His father, from Virginia, was a soldier of the Revolution, and at its end, moved the family to Kentucky.

    When James was 12 years old, his parents moved again, this time to Kaskaskia, Ill., and this is where we pick up their story.