Today's News

  • Darin, the Red-Nosed Helper

    With his nose matching Rudolph's, due to being out in the cold all morning, Darin Brown enthusiastically loaded bags of food into Christmas baskets during the Fayette County Caring & Sharing distribution on Saturday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center in Vandalia. More than 400 baskets were distributed.

  • Becca Sprague gives sister the 'gift of life'

    This week, in the traditional season of the giving of gifts,  Fayette Faces continues the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts” with  the story of the Sprague sisters and the life-giving gift Becca gave to her sister, Samantha.
    Becca gave Samantha the chance of a better life through the ”unwrapped gift” of a kidney.
    The most precious of gifts are not wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons, but rather in the love, compassion and caring of the giver, the gifts from the heart. Meet Becca and Samantha Sprague.

  • Vandalia School Board OKs new levy

    The Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday approved a tax levy that will generate $3,813,270 in local taxes to operate the district in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
    Add to that another $1,418,896 for bond and interest payments, and the district’s total tax levy for the year will be $5,232,166.  

  • Alderman races in two Vandalia wards

    Residents in two of Vandalia’s four wards will have a choice when casting aldermanic ballots in April.
    As the filing deadline passed on Monday afternoon, races were formed in Wards I and IV. One four-year term is up for election in each of the city’s four wards.
    In Ward I, incumbent Bret Brosman has three challengers – Jason Paslay, Kenneth Hubler and Neil Clark.
    In Ward IV, long-time alderman Larry Cable is being challenged by B. John Clark.

  • City OKs levy, to look at making more cuts

    As expected, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new tax levy that’s 10 percent higher than the last tax extension.
    And as it did so, one alderman pointed out to the sizeable crowd present for Monday’s meeting that the city is not depending solely on more tax dollars to solve its budget deficit issues.
    The council approved the levy with a 10-percent increase a week after agreeing at a special meeting to have City Attorney Jack Johnston draft such an ordinance.

  • Bell and Guerrero end fall athletic careers

    They toiled for four years.

    This is a special edition of the College Report. Today, instead of bringing you information on multiple athletes, we have an article featuring just two athletes, Rachel Bell and Maribel Guerrero. Bell recently finished her NCAA Division I cross country career with Iowa State University, while Guerrero finished her volleyball career at Rockford College.

  • St. Elmo finishes second in own Holiday Tournament

    ST. ELMO – A defensive lapse by St. Elmo at the end of the first quarter may have cost it the championship at its own tournament Saturday night.

    Leading 14-4 late in the period, the Eagles allowed Altamont to shoot three 3-pointers in the final 2:20 to trim that lead to 17-14.

    “That was probably the biggest breakdown we had all night long,” said St. Elmo coach Greg Feezel. “They took advantage.”

  • Vandalia girls drop third straight to Altamont

    Not much has gone well for the Vandalia High School girls basketball team lately.

    South Central Conference games against both Litchfield and Pana were canceled due to inclement weather last week, and then the Vandals lost to Altamont, 57-48, on Saturday.

    In that game, Vandalia fell behind by 10 with 1:49 left in the first quarter and did not improve on that deficit by halftime, trailing 27-17.

    Altamont scored seven of its first-half baskets on second- or third-chance shots, while holding the Vandals to just seven first-quarter points.

  • Vandals 4-0 in SCC play after another road win

    LITCHFIELD – The Vandalia boys basketball squad employed its trademark smothering pressure defense and balanced scoring as it downed Litchfield, 69-49, Saturday afternoon in a game rescheduled from Friday because of icy road conditions.

    Dathan Berning once again led the offensive attack with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, but four of his teammates also scored in double figures. Leyton Godoyo and Bryan Hosick had 13 points apiece, while Marty Johnson and Nathan Henna each added 10. Johnson and Hosick both had five assists.

  • Bizarro Basketball

    ST. ELMO – It was a game 70 hours in the making – and even that wasn’t long enough.

    Brownstown senior Zach Rigdon shot a 3-pointer with approximately two-tenths of a second left in regulation to tie the game at 37, but South Central won 56-51 in triple overtime, finishing off a game that had three times been postponed.