Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (May 1)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •April 26 – Patton, a South Central graduate, pitched one inning of relief in a 3-0 loss at New Orleans. The Kansas City Royals AAA prospect allowed a solo home run and struck out a batter.
    •April 22 – Patton struck out one in one inning of relief in a 5-1 win against Nashville.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No picture this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ron Koehler.
    Identifying him were: Richard Koehler and Bob Dugan.
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  • Remembering Loved Ones
  • Friday death of Shobonier man investigated

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen is investigating the death of a rural Shobonier man.
    Bowen said that a rural mail carrier found a man dead along County Road 750 East, two miles south of U.S. Route 51, at about 1 p.m. on Friday.
    The man was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Case.
    Bowen pronounced Case dead at the scene at 1:18 p.m. on Friday, and said an autopsy was to be conducted this week at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Vandalia Lions Host Circus

    The Vandalia Lions Club hosted the Kelly Miller Circus for two performances last Thursday.

    The circus included a variety of acts, including acrobats, clowns and feats performed by animals.

  • Donations requested for museum organ, pipes, hardwood

    The Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors is moving along with the restoration of the second floor of the Fayette County Museum, the old church sanctuary, and is asking the public’s help in enhancing that restoration project.
    The goal for that second floor is to treat the front third of the space as a church, the middle third as a museum and the remaining third as an art gallery.
    One artifact that has been missing is a pipe organ and pipes, and the museum has been given a pipe organ with a complete set of pipes by the Catholic Church of St. Francisville.

  • Sorbus is a Ramsey 'notable'

    Notable Facts About Ramsey
    The village of Ramsey is a pioneer in history. It is documented in a proclamation by the state senate and representatives that Ramsey was the first town in Illinois to see women vote.

  • Threatening Skies

    Monday evening storms did not produce any severe damage, but it sure looked like they might, based on the appearance of clouds moving through the area.

    The photo above, taken by Tony Thomason of Brownstown, shows the dark blue clouds hovering over the village.

  • Three arrested for poaching in March

    Three men have been charged with numerous offenses, including one felony, for allegedly poaching at the Carlyle Lake Waterfowl Management Area south of Vandalia in March.
    Named in information filed last Wednesday by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison are Bradley J. Peters, 19, of Bethalto; Daniel E. Groves, 35, of Wood River; and Steven J. Dean, 23, of Granite City.
    Warrants were issued late last week, with bond set at $3,000 for each, and they posted bond on Tuesday.

  • Board OKs second pool X-ray

    Hearing some “inconclusive” results on an X-ray of the Vandalia Swimming Pool structure, the Vandalia Park District Board agreed to have a second examination.
    District trustees hope that second inspection will give them more insight as they decide what to do with the pool.
    At a special meeting of the park board on Tuesday, two representatives of Hurst-Roche Engineers presented the results of a radiological exam of the pool earlier this month.