Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Michael Patrick Ambuehl
    Lyndsey Ann Ulery
    Paul Zachariah Roper
    Kaitlin Gene Stone

  • News Briefs

    Mass ribbon-cutting is next Thursday

    A mass ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for next Thursday at noon in downtown Vandalia to commemorate the opening of several new businesses there.
    “We were going to do a ribbon-cutting for all of the Liberty businesses,” said Tony Flowers, who along with his family, has been involved in the launching of several of the shops.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Larry D. Weischedel, 34, 1709 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrsested on April 3 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Billy D. Louvierre, 40, Hobart, Ind., was arrested on April 2 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.
    • Fred Kophazy, 58, 1524B Oak Valley Road, Ramsey, was arrested on April 2 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $250 cash.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, April 7

    ✔ The Ramsey Lions Club will hold its 51st annual Ramsey Community Sale, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • VCHS to host first meet on all-weather track on Thursday

    The first varsity meet on the all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School will take place on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Other teams participating are Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Patoka, St. Elmo and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

    The track, which was built primarily with grant money, has been a great benefit to the track teams, according to coaches.

  • Vandals have successful week with 3 wins

    The Vandals overcame a slow start to beat Mulberry Grove in five innings on Monday.

    Mulberry Grove got back-to-back doubles from Kyle Bloemker and Alex Goodin to help produce three first-inning runs, but those would be the only ones the Aces would score and Vandalia would have two big innings to win, 13-3.

    “Mulberry did that to us last year,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt of the start. “Good teams are going to bounce back, and we were able to do that today.”

  • Vandal notes: Two players have career firsts

    RAMSEY – Sophomore Colin Ledbetter and senior Ethan Nesbit each recorded their first career varsity RBI during last Wednesday’s 12-4 win at Ramsey.

    Nesbit, who also made his first career start, scored in the second inning for his first career run, and in the third, he brought in a pair of runs on a single to center field.

    “Ethan is a first-year player, and that was a big hit,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He’s working hard every day at practice.”

  • Lady Vandals beat St. Elmo on Tuesday

    The Lady Vandals started and ended well in a 12-7 win against St. Elmo on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylor Well hammered a ball to center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Lady

    Vandals a five-run lead, and the first three batters each scored in the bottom of the first to establish a lead.

    That early lead would disappear, however, as St. Elmo scored six times in the second and third innings, while junior Samantha Austin retired six straight Lady Vandals.

  • Lady Vandals split doubleheader with Woodlawn

    The momentum shifted several times during each game of a doubleheader between Vandalia and Woodlawn on Saturday, and the end result was a win for each side.

    Woodlawn twice snatched the momentum during a 7-3 win in the first game, but the Lady Vandals were able to gain it when they needed it in game two to win 9-8 in eight innings.

    “I wish we could have gotten two today,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher, “but I’m glad we split.”

  • Lady Vandals earn first conference win

    Senior Alex Henna had a home run, double and six RBI to lead the Lady Vandals to a 13-3 win against Carlinville in the team’s South Central Conference opener last Friday.

    Henna had one RBI in each of her first three at-bats – a single, error and double – and she lifted the fourth pitch of her final at-bat over the left-centerfield fence for a three-run homer that moved Vandalia ahead, 12-3.