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Today's News

  • Lady Eagles fall in sectional semis

    Up 11-5 in the opening game of its semifinal match against Lincolnwood Tuesday at the Dieterich Sectional, the St. Elmo volleyball team seemed to have enough momentum to extend its unlikely postseason run to Thursday's championship and beyond.

    "We came out (early) and played good volleyball," Lady Eagles coach Elise Asher said. "We were making good passes and getting the ball to our setters."

  • St. Elmo wins own regional

    An old saying states it's not important how you start, but how you finish.

    It proved to be doubly true for the St. Elmo volleyball team Saturday night in the championship of its own Class 1A regional.

    The second-seeded Lady Eagles made sure their season did not end the way it started - with a loss to South Central - by racing out to a 9-1 lead in the decisive third game of a 25-16, 18-25, 25-18 upset of the top-seeded Lady Cougars.

    The regional title was St. Elmo's first since 2003.

  • Vandals blitz Wolves, now on Comets' tail

    For 11 long years, the Vandalia football program had a monkey on its back.

    But it took just 77 seconds for the Vandals to shake that stubborn primate loose Friday night.

    Coach John Stout's team then sacked the past into oblivion, rolling to a 34-12 win over Flora at Mark Greer Field for its first postseason victory since 1997.

    Jake Etcheson scored from 89 yards out on the opening kickoff and added an 11-yard TD run a little more than a minute later, after VCHS recovered a Flora fumble.

  • Lady Vandals' historic season ends

    Coming off a regular season in which it accomplished just about everything it set out to do, it was only natural for the Vandalia volleyball team to want even more success in the postseason.

    A regional title was not in the cards, however, as a hard-hitting Newton team ended Vandalia's historic 2008 campaign Saturday with a 25-17, 25-23 win over the Lady Vandals in the championship of the Olney-East Richland Class 2A Regional.

  • E911 approval good for county

    Like voters across the nation who broke new ground by electing the first Afro-American president, Fayette County voters departed from two earlier negative votes to approve funding for an Enhanced 911 emergency telephone system.

    That system, which will be funded by a $2.75 monthly surcharge on county residents’ phone bills, will allow law enforcement and emergency services personnel to respond quickly and accurately to calls for help.

  • Vandalia a stop on the Underground Railroad

    The busiest time of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) was between the years l840 and 1860. Untold thousands of slaves were ushered between “stations” on this most secret of roads.

    The main points of entry into Illinois were Chester, Alton and Quincy. It is believed that five separate lines started at Quincy, which had one of the largest organized cells of the Underground Railroad in the entire state.

    For Fayette County, proof of the Underground Railroad has been a little long in coming.

  • Council reverses action on 5th Street parking

    Just a couple of weeks after putting on the books a new law governing parking for a large section of Fifth Street, the Vandalia City Council has voted to rescind that law.

    Going along with a recommendation from its streets and sewers committee, the council voted unanimously to reconsider a law setting parking restrictions on Fifth Street between Randolph and Orchard streets.

  • Enhanced 911 passes easily

    Twice before, Fayette County voters overwhelmingly rejected a monthly surcharge for Enhanced 911 phone service. But on Tuesday, they overwhelmingly supported an E911 measure.

    The E911 measure passed in a 5,919-3,468 vote, carrying in 27 of 32 precincts and tying in one other.

    The passage of the measure means that county residents agreed to add to phone bills a monthly surcharge of $2.75 per landline phone.

  • Ruot, Friedel, Bowen win on Tuesday

    Nationwide, Americans overwhelmingly voted for change over experience on Tuesday in electing Barack Obama as president. In Fayette County, voters chose experience over change.

    Incumbents Mary Sue Ruot, Stephen Friedel and Bruce Bowen were winners in Tuesday’s general election.

    Ruot, a Democrat who was appointed circuit clerk in August after the retirement of Marsha Wodtka, won close to 54 percent of the vote in defeating Republican challenger Nona “Nonie” Beckman.

  • Candidates speak at forum

    While the three incumbents running for county officer positions touted their experience on Tuesday night, their challengers told a crowd of about 60 people what they could bring to those positions.

    But the candidates’ forum hosted by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce also had the two candidates for one of those positions raising their voices about their opponents’ actions.