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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Christmas Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller, and Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster all of Jackson, Mo.; and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    First of All
    Jimmy Feezel celebrated his birthday on Sunday.
    Dawson Taylor Wise
    A second son was born to Taylor and Mallory (Smith) Wise on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and has been named Dawson Taylor Wise. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He has a 2-year-old brother, Landon.
    Grandparents are Bill and Cathy Smith of Brownstown and Tom and Janet Wise of Rochester. Great-grandmothers are Joann Strobel and the late Lenore Parkison, both of Brownstown.
    Our Heartfelt Sympathies …

  • Cripe wins Big Buck contest

    Ben Cripe is the winner of an inaugural deer hunting contest held by the Fayette County Young Leaders of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
    Cripe took first place in the Young Leaders’ Big Buck contest, held during the first deer shotgun season.
    Twenty-three members participated in the contest, which the Young Leaders hope to establish as a tradition during the firearm deer season.
    Tyler Westendorf placed second in the contest and Kyle Reiss took third place.

  • Calendar

    Monday, Jan. 5

    ✔ The Women of the Moose will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    ✔ The Vandalia City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

    Tuesday, Jan. 6

    ✔ The Vandalia Rotary Club meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Lucas K. Ephron, 20, 928 W. Johnson St., Apt. C, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 29 on a warrant for aggravated battery. Bond was $25,000.
    • Kenneth R. Turner, 21, 527 W. Gallatin St., Apt. 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 29 on a charge of unlawful restraint. Bond was $25,000.
    • Spencer M. McCulley, 25, Overland Park, Kan., was arrested on Dec. 28 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.

  • Smith is youth minister at Northside Christian

    Tracy Smith came to Vandalia on Dec. 1 as the new youth minister at Northside Christian Church, with 15 years of experience in his chosen occupation, for which he felt a strong calling.

  • New laws in 2015

    On New Year's Day, a number of new Illinois laws will go into effect. Some of those new laws are as follows:
    Gray wolf, American black bear, cougar
    Adds the gray wolf, American black bear and cougar to the list of protected species in Illinois, while spelling out conditions that allow landowners to kill the animals if they are causing an immediate threat of physical harm or death to a person, livestock, domestic animals, or harm to structures or other property.
    Cyber bullying

  • Body cams

    Long before protestors across the nation were calling for police officers to wear body cameras, a Fayette County deputy broached that idea to the county’s state’s attorney.

  • South Central, BSE girls face off at Dieterich tourney

    South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo met in the fifth-place game of the Dieterich Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday.
    The BSE Lady Bombers held off the Lady Cougars for a 59-51 win. Morgan Brown scored 19 points for BSE, and Emily Bone added 12. Abby Hahn led South Central with 19 points.  
    Hahn and Brown were listed on the all-tourney team.

    Dieterich Girls Tournament
    Fifth-place game
    BSE 59, South Central 51
    SC   19   12    10   10  — 51

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament: Monday's scores, Tuesday's schedule

    Monday, Dec. 29 scores
    Altamont 57, S. Central 49
    Maroa 65, SEB 54
    Shelbyville 65,
    South Central 56
    Vandalia 65, SEB 39
    Flora 55, St. Anthony 50
    Greenville 62, Pana 42

    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Ninth-place, 2 p.m.
    SEB vs. Pana  

    Seventh-place, 3:30
    Maroa-Forsyth vs.
    South Central

    Fifth-place, 5
    Vandalia vs. Shelbyville

    Third-place, 6:30
    St. Anthony vs. Altamont

    Title game, 8 p.m.