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Today's News

  • 'Cars for the Cure'

    Vehicles of all types were lined up in the parking lot of Country Market in Vandalia on Saturday for the "Cars for the Cure" sponsored by the Octochem Relay for Life team, including Artie and Stacy Langston's Corvette in the foreground.

  • Rockin' Through the Ages

    The Vandalia Elementary School Honor Chorus presented its spring performance on Saturday evening in the VES gym, presenting popular music from the 1960s-90s.

    In the first photo, dancing to ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are, from left to right, Macy Zimmerman, Lanee McNary, Jordan Pruett, Avery Rogers and Karlyn Lutz. In the second photo, August Cunningham rocks out on a guitar. In the third photo, Karlyn Lutz made up half of the Sonny and Cher duo. The chorus was under the direction of Lisa Robbins and Nancy Childress.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Ryan Dean Gullion
    St. Peter
    Donna Kay Viens
    St. Peter
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    Brandon Dean Huddlestun
    Altamont
    Valecia Dawn Wilson
    Altamont
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    Aaron Kelly Centeno
    St. Elmo
    Candis Crystal Shouse
    St. Elmo
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    Caleb Xon Kuebler
    St. Elmo
    Tiffany Elaine Hutson
    St. Elmo
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    David Timothy Marley Sr.
    Ramsey

  • Seventh license violation nets two-year prison terms

    A rural Brownstown man who had been convicted numerous times of driving while his license was suspended or revoked has been sent to prison on that charge.
    Dennis A. Arnold, 66, pleaded guilty on May 7 to driving while his license was revoked through a plea agreement.
    That agreement included a two-year prison term for Arnold, and it also included a two-year term for a probation revocation.
    He was on probation for driving while his license was revoked.
    The two prison terms will be served concurrently.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 17

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, May 18

  • Two locals qualify for state meet

    Vandalia junior Sierah Ruffner and St. Elmo sophomore Molly Hill have both qualified for this weekend’s state track meet.

    Ruffner cleared state qualifying height of 5-feet, 2 inches in high jump to place second at the Newton Sectional and make the state meet, and Hill threw the discus 113 feet, 2 inches to win the sectional.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Adam L. Gonczy, 28, 122 Southview Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on May 14 on a charge of burglary. Bond was $15,000.
    • Jason K. Troxell, 50, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on May 14 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $10,000.
    • Jose Gutierrez, 34, Green Bay, Wis., was arrested on May 13 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Buscher named boys basketball coach

    The Vandalia school board on Tuesday approved the decision to hire Brian Buscher as the head coach of the high school boys basketball team.

    Buscher, who has served as a basketball assistant coach for several years, will now coach two varsity teams at VCHS, as he is also the head coach of the softball team.

    "Through softball, he has shown that he can do the job of a head coach," said Superintendent Rich Well. "This is an opportunity for him to take on the task at hand and give it a shot."

  • The Other Lincoln

    While students in Vandalia's schools learn a lot about Abraham Lincoln, they know very little about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln presenter, Marilyn Cole, changed that by visiting with students in Jenny Lester's third-grade class  at Vandalia Elementary School last Thursday.

  • Lady Rams set for title game

    ALTAMONT – Shaunna Rainey stood on the back of the bench in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s regional semifinal game, showering her teammates with encouragement from the perch she called her “rally spot.”

    It turned out that that wouldn't even her biggest contribution in the inning.

    The junior blasted a triple to center field to cap a six-run inning that gave the second-seeded Lady Rams a 10-5 comeback win against No. 3 St. Anthony and a spot in Saturday’s championship game against Altamont.