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Today's News

  • Jane Scott offers thanks to emergency personnel

    Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • Post 95 forces double-elimination title game

    ROBINSON – Quinn Wadkins had very little experience running a home run trot going into last Thursday’s District Tournament game against Olney.
    And he never anticipated that would be the day he would round the bases.
    Wadkins hit his first home run since pony league in the eighth inning and Austin Schwarm also homered to back a complete game from Matt Tomazzoli in a 14-2 win against Olney that forced a double-elimination championship game.

  • Vandalia eliminates T-Town; wins 30th

    ROBINSON – For the second time this season, a Vandalia pitcher fired a nine-inning complete game.

    And it’s not even a contest when determining which was the better outing.

    Jacob Behrends needed 143 pitches to complete last Wednesday’s must-win game against Teutopolis in the Sr. Legion District Tournament, striking out a season-high 10 as he led Vandalia to its 30th win of the summer, an 8-4 victory.

  • Beasley homer propels Vandalia comeback vs. Robinson

    ROBINSON – Connor Beasley picked a pretty good time to hit his first home run of the summer.

    Beasley ripped a towering home run to right last Wednesday to pull Vandalia back within a run of the lead after five innings, setting up a momentum shift that included an eight-run sixth as Post 95 picked up a must-win 13-6 victory against Robinson in the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

  • Patton traded to Texas Rangers

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was traded from the Kansas City Royals organization to the Texas Rangers on the same day he pitched for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

    Patton, 26, was exchanged last Wednesday for veteran reliever Jason Frasor, 36, and was assigned to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Frasor joined the Kansas City bullpen.

  • Post 95 finishes 1-2 at Jr. Legion Districts

    Post 95 upset the No. 2 seed at last weekend’s Jr. Legion District Tournament, but that would be its only victory as the season ended on Sunday in the loser’s bracket.

    Vandalia beat Altamont, 5-2, in a first-round game last Thursday, but lost to Newton 7-4 and Dieterich 4-3 over the weekend.

  • Top racers beginning to establish themselves at speedway

    By Kristopher Blankenship
    The annual Fayette County Fair race is always held mid-week with the fair activities, and along with racing from Friday, July 11, the track has seen a lot of good racing.
    Craig Kern has become red hot, B.J. Deal has started to flex his muscles and Eric Harris has emerged as a new challenger in the Street Stock class.
    Wednesday, July 16
    The annual midseason Fair race is always held on Wednesday night during the fair. With the county fair in full swing, the speedway was again alive and full of energy.

  • Freight to play in state tourney this weekend

    The Freight will once again come of out retirement this weekend to play in the Amateur Softball Association’s annual state wooden bat fast-pitch softball tournament in Casey.
    Vandalia will play its first game on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field against Teutopolis Miller Lite in the opening game of the tournament.
    With a win, Vandalia would advance to play the Springfield Frannies at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Warrior Field.

  • City to hire administrator/economic development director

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to proceed with the hiring of a city administrator/economic development director.

    More on the story in this week's issue.

  • ID theft, scams workshop Tuesday in Ramsey

    CHICAGO – The Office of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will present an ‘Identity Theft, Frauds, and Scams’ workshop in Ramsey on Tuesday, July 22 to assist residents in learning the proactive and reactive steps to take when dealing with identity theft.