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Today's News

  • County's E911 committee ready to get to work

    A committee looking into the possibility of bringing Enhanced 911 phone service to Fayette County residents is planning to step up their efforts this month.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said after Tuesdays county board meeting that the countys E911 committee plans to meet in the near future with Mike Schabbing, the E911 coordinator in Jasper County.

  • Gottman delivers State of the City address

    Many Vandalia residents clamor for economic growth, and Mayor Rick Gottman said last week that figures support his claim that Vandalia is in trend of growth.

    A lot of communities are concerned about their growth, with whats going to happen, Gottman said during his State of the City address at last Wednesdays Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    Our tax base keeps climbing, while others are starting to fall, he said.

  • VCHS regional softball game moved to Shelbyville

    Today's Vandalia softball regional game against Shelbyville has been moved to Shelbyville due to wet field conditions at the VCHS diamond. Game time is still 4:30 p.m.

  • Local schedule/scoreboard

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship - Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game - Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 - Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

    Alton-Marquette 5, Vandalia 3

  • Grand slam propels Marquette over Vandals

    Thomas Hentrich's fourth-inning grand slam knocked the wind out of the VCHS baseball team Monday, turning a scoreless pitcher's duel between Hentrich and VCHS sophomore TK Kinkead into a comfortable 4-0 Alton-Marquette lead.

    Fortunately, the Vandals were eventually able to get their breath back.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't in time to pull out a come-from-behind win on an otherwise picturesque Senior Day, as a seventh-inning rally fell a little short in a 5-3 nonconference loss to the Knights.

  • Mahon off to 8-0 start at KC

    Kaskaskia College's Logan Mahon could not have dreamed up a better first year as a Blue Devil.

    The St. Elmo grad earned his eighth victory, against no defeats, in a 4-1 win over John A. Logan Junior College recently. Mahon, who worked five innings, allowing three earned runs. He fanned six hitters and walked four.

  • Hemminghaus to play football at Illinois College

    Curtis Hemminghaus has always been enamored with hitting - whether it be the weight room or opposing players on the football field.

    And, in a matter of a few weeks, he'll be hitting the books at Illinois College in pursuit of a degree related to one of his other favorite things.

    "I know I want to be a teacher," said the VCHS senior. "I think I want to start out teaching biology, because that's my passion. I really like it."

  • Booher one-hits Bombers again, drives in game-winner

    Strange as it sounds, Colton Booher was starting to seriously question his ability to hit a baseball Tuesday night.

    To such a degree, that following the St. Elmo senior's second strikeout against Brownstown ace Jared Winters, Booher stepped outside the dugout, tossed a baseball up in the air, and proceeded to smash a long drive into the woods adjacent to the first base dugout at Deken Park - just to remind himself what it felt like to make contact.

  • Wall vandalism is unacceptable

    As noted in two letters to the editor, printed elsewhere on this page, the Veterans Wall at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia has been the target of vandals recently.

    Though no form of vandalism makes sense, this one is especially disturbing. In a time when patriotism runs high and our society honors the sacrifices of our men and women who have served or are serving in the military, it's baffling that anyone would feel the need to deface a monument such as the wall.

  • Uncle Jake's Model T Ford still kicking

    My dad, Edmund Torbeck, was born and reared one mile south of St. Paul in Wilberton Township.

    The farm on which he was reared was also the birthplace of his mother, Anna Yund, and had been given to her by her parents when she married Henry Torbeck in 1903.

    About a mile south of dads house lived his mothers bachelor brothers, Jacob and Albert Yund. Their unmarried sister, Wilhelmina "Minnie," moved in with them following their mothers death in 1929.