Today's News

  • Toys for Tots Under Way

    The Toys for Tots collection drive is under way at Arthur Young Inc., with new and like-new toys donated being included in Caring and Sharing Christmas baskets for less-fortunate families.

    Dennis Young of the dealership is shown with some early donations. Toys and other items may be dropped off at the Vandalia dealership during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.

  • Vandalia business cited for sale to minor

    The Redwood Inn in Vandalia was cited by the Illinois State Police during an Alcohol Compliance check conducted last Wednesday in Fayette County.
    The state police, in conjunction with the Illinois Liquor Commission, conducted the compliance check, visiting 18 locations in Vandalia.
    The state police said that a Redwood employee, Paige L. Lorton, was arrested for unlawful delivery of alcoholic liquor to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. She was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 27

    ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity will hold the eighth annual community Thanksgiving meal at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with serving from 11 am.-1 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, and the public is invited. Those in need of transportation or shut-ins who wish to have meals delivered are to call Karen Sanders at 292-2353 by next Tuesday.

    Monday, Dec. 1

  • 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
    Chrystal Dawn Stewart
    Austin Jacob Cunningham
    Amanda Nicole Meachum
    Aaron Joe Tackett
    Kendra Deloris Laack
    Jerry Wayne Weldon Jr.
    Granite City
    Tiffany Kay Boner
    Granite City
    Clark Thomas Satterlee
    Katelyn Elizabeth McIntyre Roe
    James Wayne Trivitt
    St. Elmo
    Jennifer Jo Brown
    St. Elmo
    Doug Frailey

  • 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.


    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.