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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Ready for the future

    In a move designed to position the company for the future, South Central FS recently completed construction of a $5-million plant near Vandalia’s western I-70 interchange.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Michael Darreal Kimbro
    Vandalia
    Jane May Ponder
    Mulberry Grove

    Cynthia Jean Hamilton
    Pekin
    Leslie Sue Seelye
    Pekin

    Elijah Thomas Keppler
    Vandalia
    Sydney Maxine Hilpert
    Vandalia

    Harry Ernest Hodson II
    Vandalia
    Deanna Lee Traylor Pruitt
    Greenville

    Ryan Jonathan Winn
    Valparaiso, Ind.
    Samantha Renne Hall
    Valparaiso, Ind.

    John Earl Bauer
    Bingham
    Diane Rebbe

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 24, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on July 29 for failure to appear in court on a charge of distribution of a misbranded drug. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joshua D. Crawford, 36, Pocahontas, was arrested on July 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Hood stays positive even when he's not in the game plan

    ROBINSON – Clinton Hood didn’t fit into the offensive game plan for Post 95 during the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    So, he trotted out to the first-base coaching box most innings to help guide his teammates once they reached base.

    He didn’t fit into the starting pitching plans, either.

    So, he waited patiently until called upon as a reliever in the championship game, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball.

  • Controversial ejection mars Sr. Legion finale

    A controversial decision by the director of the Fifth Division Sr. Legion Tournament marred what became the final game of the finest Legion season ever played in Vandalia.

    Pitcher Jacob Behrends was ejected from last Wednesday’s game by tournament director Bob Oster, and Post 95 was unable to recover in a 6-2 loss to Herrin that ended its season.

    Herrin’s Nathaneal Higgins got caught in a rundown between third and home, and collided with Behrends as he approached the plate in the fifth inning.

  • HARNER: First year as a parent goes by too fast

    It’ll go fast, they said.

    Enjoy her while she’s young, they said.

    They’re only little once, they said.

    Turns out, they were right.

    Every last one of them.

    Last Friday, my daughter, Miranda, celebrated her first birthday by pulverizing a delicious cake, and while it seems like just weeks ago that she was a fragile 5-pounder, the truth is, she is now a jabbering 1-year-old, who

    I’m sure will start running around the house any day now.

  • Grobie Flooring takes 2nd at ASA state tournament

    A fast-pitch softball team from Altamont which features several players from Fayette County placed second last weekend at the Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state tournament in Casey.

    Grobie Flooring lost its first two games last Saturday, but reeled off four straight wins on Sunday in the consolation bracket to reach the championship game.

    There, Grobie lost to the Belleville Stallions, 4-0. Belleville was undefeated in the event.

  • One deer hunting season eliminated in Fayette County

    Deer hunting in Fayette County has been affected by recent changes approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    Fayette County was one of 20 counties removed from the late-winter antlerless hunting season in changes to the 2014-15 deer hunting season announced last Tuesday by IDNR Director Marc Miller. Bond and Clinton counties were also removed from the list.

    Additional changes also came in the number of firearm permits available in some counties. Fayette County’s permit numbers were not affected.

  • Third annual Hartz Memorial run/walk a success

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the third annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 5K run/walk last Saturday, with proceeds from the race benefitting the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Scholarship.

    Kevin Childers won the 5K in 30:17, and Sheba Shimoji was the fastest in the 10K, finishing in 49:28.

    10K results
    •Sheba Shimoji, 49:28
    •Roger Hill, 56:05
    •Melanie Bowles, 57:34
    •Beth Hoffmann, 1:20:44