Today's News

  • Back in the quarterfinals

    Vandalia’s wrestlers recorded nine pins in defeating Murphysboro and advancing the state tournament quarterfinals for the 20th time in program history on Tuesday at Benton.

  • Vandals will face IC Catholic

    With the sectional win over Murphysboro over on Tuesday night, Vandalia returns to the state quarterfinals for the 20th time.
    In the first round, at 9 a.m. at Grossinger Motors Arena (formerly U.S. Cellular Coliseum) in Bloomington, the Vandals will square off against Elmhurst (IC Catholic), a 57-21 winner over Lansing (Illiana Christian) on Tuesday at the Elmhurst Sectional.
    The winner of that match is assured a trophy, with the semifinals set for 2 p.m. and the finals set for 6 p.m.

  • Black's book tells of journey with daughter's cancer

    “We returned to her room. Reality was setting in that we may lose our little girl. I called my parents and told them that we needed someone to hold us together.

  • St. Elmo Legion honors Lowe for his service during WWII

    A St. Elmo man who served in the Navy during World War II was honored last Tuesday by American Legion Post No. 420 in St. Elmo.

  • Judge denies Baker request for a lighter sentence

    A judge has denied the request for a lighter sentence sought by a Loogootee man who murdered his neighbors while he was a teen.
    In a docket entry made filed last Wednesday, Judge Allan Lolie stated his reasons for denying Clifford W. Baker’s motion for reconsideration of his sentence.
    Baker, now 23, was convicted in October 2011 of fatally shooting neighbors John Michael “Mike” Mahon and Debra Tish while they slept in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Celebrating Success
  • Shooting threat comments result in student arrest

    A Vandalia Community High School student who was arrested last week for allegedly making a school shooting threat told authorities that he was joking, but Vandalia’s police chief said all kinds of threats have to be taken seriously.
    And school officials say that they will continue to study ways to improve school safety in light of the issue and will look at policies and procedures on notifying parents of any possible issue.
    The 15-year-old student who allegedly made the threat comments has been charged with disorderly conduct.

  • Charges filed after discharge of firearm

    A Vandalia man who sought treatment for a gunshot wound on Saturday evening has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, officers responded to Fayette County Hospital at 7:31 p.m. for a report of a male who had sustained a gunshot wound.
    Upon investigation, Drew E. Losier, 18, was arrested on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identication Card, criminal damage to property and criminal damage to property more than $500.

  • Vandalia Police

    Feb. 12
    • 3:52 a.m. – Police took a report of theft in the 400 block of West Gallatin Street.
    • 5:14 p.m. – Police arrested Carolyn E. Tedrick, 27, of Kinmundy, in the 1000 block of West Edwards Street on charges of possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.
    • 5:22 p.m. – Police responded to a vehicle accident in the 1000 block of Burtschi Street. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the Fayette County Hospital emergency room for treatment. No further information was available.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Denise L. White, 36, Beecher City, was arrested on Feb. 20 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    Noah A. Kozak, 19, 630 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 20 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Hunter W. Haaz, 26, 985 E. 2500 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 19 on charges of violating child sex offender registration and unlawful use or possession of a weapon. He was released on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond.