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Today's News

  • Frakes wins Junior Miss crown

    Sarah Frakes won the Junior Miss Fayette County title in a pageant held on Sunday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    The new junior miss (seated) is shown here with the first runner-up, Kayla Black (right) and second runner-up, Shelbee Dunaway (left). Also shown are the 2007 queens, Junior Miss Katlyn Cole (second from left), Miss Fayette County Shayla Branham (far right) and Little Miss Emily Norris (second from right). Kelly Swofford was named Miss Photogenic.

  • Free fishing and crawdad tournament coming up

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club will be hosting its annual Free Fishing and Crawdad Tournament on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon next to the walking trail at Vandalia City Park, located west from the high school on the south side of Fillmore Street.

    There will be a weiner roast afterwards. For more information, call John Blythe at 283-2475.

  • Post 95 roughs up Trenton

    After watching his team split a doubleheader with Olney Sunday, Vandalia Senior American Legion baseball coach Steve Hosick reiterated his belief that Post 95 has a very good team this summer.

    "When we've got everybody here, I think we can play with anybody," Hosick said. "But it's hard to say you've got a good ballclub when you've lost twice as many as you've won."

  • Barnes is L-U Spring Coach of the Year

    Faith is defined by Webster's Dictionary as something that is believed especially with strong conviction.

    It is a word that has become synonymous with Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes' teams in recent years.

    And the Lady Aces' 2008 campaign is a perfect example of faith rewarded.

    Mulberry Grove entered the season positioned for unprecedented success, with everyone back from a 22-7 team, including ace hurler Brittany Crandell and her 65 career victories.

    But then the plane seemingly crashed into the mountain.

  • Brewer is L-U Softball Player of the Year

    It seemed the softball gods were playing a cruel joke on Mulberry Grove's Rachel Brewer.

    Long known for terrorizing opposing pitchers, the hard-hitting Brewer suddenly felt her adversaries' pain shortly after ace Brittany Crandell suffered a torn rotator cuff in the Lady Aces' season-opener this past spring.

  • Proposal would help stop game playing with prisons

    Its time to stop the prison-closure madness. A proposal by state legislators will hopefully do just that.

    Four years after he proposed the closure of Vandalia Correctional Center and the states youth facility in St. Charles, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is once again threatening the closure of a state prison. How are his actions in 2004 similar to those this summer each has been about politics.

  • Charles Evans served community in many ways

    With the involvement of the United States in World War I, the nations citizens became well aware that the resources of our allies were nearly exhausted. Eyes turned to America for necessary food, fuel and supplies to continue the conflict.

    In Fayette County, as in other counties throughout the nation, agencies were formed to not only gather clothes for the Belgian war effort, but also to be sure that local residents had enough food and fuel.

  • Legislators call for end to games with prisons

    A little more than four years ago, Vandalia area residents successfully staved off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs proposal to close Vandalia Correctional Center. Today, residents in another community area having to put up the same kind of fight.

    State legislators who say they are tired of the governor playing political games with Illinois prisons are asking Blagojevich to take action that would keep that from happening in the future.

  • Man accepts 12 years in prison for sex crime

    A rural Vandalia man accused of having sex with a minor female has agreed to go to prison.

    Robert E. Danford, 32, accepted a 12-year prison term in pleading guilty to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child last Thursday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Danford entered an Alford plea of guilty, which means that he agreed that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to convict him.

  • Friedel-Goggin battle continues-electoral board to convene on Monday

    A little more than two months after a county electoral board ruled that a Greenville attorney could not run as the Republican candidate for states attorney in November, it is being asked to determine whether he may run as an independent candidate.

    Not only is that Greenville attorney willing to fight for the right to be on the November ballot, but he is also alleging that the incumbent states attorney has abused the power of his office in an attempt to keep him off the ballot.