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Today's News

  • Web Update: Aces, Rams earn wins at Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament

    MULBERRY GROVE — The 2014 Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament began on Monday night.

    Odin defeated Cowden-Herrick, 84-64, in the first game.

    Ramsey stunned Patoka, 56-54, in the second game.

    With a huge game from Ty James, Mulberry Grove defeated Sandoval, 64-57.

    Monday's boxscores are below.

    Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament

  • Court

    • Gerald E. Homann, 38, of Newton, was sentenced on Nov. 17 to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of burglary, a Class III felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for those eligible for extended terms.
    • Cory E. Longwell, 35, of Vandalia, was sentenced to three years in prison on Nov. 17 after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated battery, a Class III felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license application has been filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Sean Christopher Spicer
    Vandalia
    Chrystal Dawn Stewart
    Brownstown
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    Austin Jacob Cunningham
    Ramsey
    Amanda Nicole Meachum
    Ramsey
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    Aaron Joe Tackett
    Brownstown
    Kendra Deloris Laack
    Brownstown
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    Jerry Wayne Weldon Jr.
    Granite City
    Tiffany Kay Boner
    Granite City
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    Clark Thomas Satterlee
    Nokomis
    Katelyn Elizabeth McIntyre Roe
    Vandalia
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    James Wayne Trivitt
    St. Elmo
    Jennifer Jo Brown
    St. Elmo
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    Doug Frailey
    Vandalia

  • Web update: Lady Vandals fall in Litchfield tourney opener, win Monday

    Nokomis used a big first quarter in a 55-43 win over Vandalia in a first round game of the Litchfield Niehaus-McDonald's Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday night.

    The Lady Redskins led 19-8 after one period of play. Vandalia played nearly even the rest of the way, but could not overcome the early deficit.

    Monday win

    Vandalia's girls earned a 38-36 win over Carlinville on Monday night.

    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Two arrests for child pornography

    Two men were arrested on child pornography charges on Wednesday, one at his Vandalia home and one at his Centralia home, both with Vandalia Police assisting Illinois Attorney General investigators.

    Ryan J. Koontz, 34, was arrested as authorities executed a search warrant at his home in the 500 block of South Cypress Street in Vandalia during an early-morning operation.

    Koontz was charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and eight counts of possession of child pornography. His bond is $300,000.

  • SEB's Moore repeats as EIC volleyball MVP

    St. Elmo/Brownstown's Gabi Moore has earned the Egyptian Illini Conference's Most Valuable Player award for the second-straight volleyball season.
    A junior, Moore led the Eagles to a conference title. St. Elmo/Brownstown had two other first-team all-conference selections — Emily Bone and Elizabeth Guerrero.
    Sarah Maxey of SEB and Patoka's duo of Morgan O'Brien and Lindsay Cain were all recognized on the second team. Kayla Zimmerman of Mulberry Grove and Abbi Cunningham of Ramsey were honorable mention selections.

  • A TRUE SPARTAN

    Tony Alstat was hooked from the start.
    From the first time he competed in the grueling endurance event, he knew it was just his thing.
    What others see as extreme or nearly impossible, Alstat sees as exhilarating, enjoyable and rewarding.
    A Vandalia native, Alstat has a strong passion for competing in arguably the toughest single athletic event around — the Spartan Race.
    Pushing his body to the limits, coming out in one piece and the personal satisfaction that comes with finishing a grueling event is why he does it.

  • A Whirlwind Year

    Wearing a brand new uniform and sitting with new teammates in an unfamiliar bullpen on a warm Texas night, Spencer Patton tells himself, “Don’t fall asleep.”
    After a hectic and life-changing few days, Patton is exhausted, mentally and physically.
    Patton has only been in town for a few hours, and he’s concerned he may actually doze off.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.