Today's News

  • Evans – Portz

    Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Olen and Deb Evans of rural Brownstown.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Brownstown High School and a 2006 graduate of Sparks College in Shelbyville. She is currently employed at Dr. Brian's Dossett's medical practice.
    The future groom is the son of David and Karen Portz of rural Brownstown.
    He is a 2008 graduate of Greenville College, and is currently employed at Windsor Elementary School.

  • Area Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27)
  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27)
  • Still rolling at 100

    For most of her 100 years, Farrell Gruenbaum has been an athlete.

  • Junior High sports briefs

    Eighth-grade boys regional schedule

    Area eighth-grade boys basketball teams will compete at the regional tournament next week.

    Third-seeded Vandalia received a bye in the first round and will face No. 2 Pana next Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at Central A&M.

    The winner of that game will likely face No. 1 Greenville on Thursday.

    Fourth-seeded St. Elmo faces No. 5 Beecher City on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Beecher City.

    The winner will play top-seeded Ramsey on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

  • School menus

    Monday, Jan. 31 – Choice of cereal, toast & jelly.   
    Tuesday, Feb. 1 – Breakfast bagel.
    Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Choice of cereal, blueberry muffin.   
    Thursday, Feb. 3 – Scrambled eggs, toast & jelly.   
    Friday, Feb. 4 – No school.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, Jan. 31 – Crispito, fried rice, sliced peaches, yogurt and milk.    

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Jan. 27, 2011

    • Jonathan A. Wilson, 23, 112 S. Hickory St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of theft of up to $300. Bond was $7,500.
    • Terry L. Alsbury, 52, 629 S. Cherry St., Vandalia, was arrested on a charge of home repair fraud (two counts). Bond was $100,000.
    • Michael B. Cyrus, 28, 1909 Arrow Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 21 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge, and on charges of possession of a controlled substance (two counts) and possession of cannabis. Bond was $51,000.

  • Sports Briefs and Results

    Girls regional seeds announced

    The Illinois High School Association announced the seeds for this season’s regional tournament.

    Vandalia received a No. 4 seed at the Vandalia Regional Tournament. Other teams in that regional are No. 1 Pana, No. 2 Teutopolis, No. 3 St. Anthony, No. 5 Greenville and No. 6 Nokomis.

    The Lady Vandals will play Greenville on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. The winner will play Pana.

    Vandalia defeated Greenville, 58-51, on Dec. 6 and will play the Lady Comets again next Wednesday.

  • Real Living Vandalia Real Estate has a new website

    Real Living Vandalia Real Estate recently announced that it has launched a new website that enables consumers to more quickly and efficiently find the type of home they are seeking.
    The company's new website – www.reallivingvandalia.com – gives home buyers and sellers more search options, while providing the latest in mapping technology and community information.
    Among the features are: powerful and flexible search options, community and housing market data, social media integration and interactive marketing tools.

  • FCH names top employee, leader of year

    At the Fayette County Hospital annual employee holiday and service awards dinner, held on Dec. 17, two employees were recognized for their exemplary performance during 2010.
    Abby Harre has worked at Fayette County Hospital for 33 years, and was named 2010 leader of the year for her leadership as manager of Food and Nutrition Services.
    One year ago, the hospital faced significant financial concerns and experienced reductions in staff and wages. Since then, the hospital’s finances have turned around, said Greg Starnes, the hospital’s CEO.