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Today's News

  • First pitches thrown out prior to Vandalia home openers

    A first-pitch ceremony was held on both the Vandalia High School softball and baseball fields before the first home games on Monday.

    Those throwing out first pitches represented businesses, organizations or individuals who in the past year were major donors to the Field of Dreams projects that helped renovate each field.

  • S. Central at 0-4 on young season

    A young South Central softball team is 0-4 through the first four games of the season.

    In the first game of the season, the Lady Cougars were no-hit in a 11-0 loss at Olney.

    The next day, they were shut out by Altamont, 21-0.

    In that game, which was last Thursday, South Central got its first hit, a single from Sierra Gunnels.

    Seniors Lexi Schafer and Alexis Phillips each struck out three batters in that game.

    On Monday, South Central scored three times during a 17-3 loss to Mulberry Grove.

  • Swain is Jr. Wrestling state champ

    Vandalia's Tanner Swain won a state championship in the Midget 79A division at the Illinois Midget State Championships this past weekend.

    In the championship match, Swain defeated Brant Demoss, 2-0.

  • Youth YMCA dancers perform

    Two youth dance classes at the Fayette County Family YMCA recently performed during the YMCA basketball league.

  • Jr. Lady Eagles fall at state tourney

    The St. Elmo eighth-grade volleyball team lost to Roanoke-Benson at the state tournament, 25-20, 10-25, 20-25.

    St. Elmo was led by Sarah Maxey, who had seven aces; Jenna Long, who had two aces; and Tyler Mars, who had seven service points.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles finished the season at 18-7.

    Roanoke-Benson placed third in the tournament.

  • Ramsey Sports Boosters holding fish fry

    The Ramsey Sports Boosters will hold a fish fry on Friday, March 30, at Ramsey Grade School.

    The all-you-can-east event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. in the all-purpose room.

    Cost for a meal is $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 12 and under, and $8.50 for carryout.

    Advance tickets can be purchased from any Ramsey athlete or at First National Bank in Ramsey.

    For more information, contact Melissa Carroll, mcarrol@ramsey.fayette.k12.il.us; Michele Lay, mblay5@frontiernet.net; or Jullie Moreland, jmoreland@frontiernet.net.

  • NEW Sunday at 10:30 a.m.: St. Louis man dies in fiery crash early Saturday

    On Saturday, just before 2 a.m. a semi truck driven by 51 year old Hasib Karahodzic of St. Louis, Mo. collided with a semi truck driven by 43 year old Orentio Thompson of Lawrenceville, GA.

    Karahodzic's semi struck the Thompson semi in the rear bursting into flames upon impact, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

  • KC Academic Challenge
  • Kaskaskia College News

    Beekeeping course
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a beginning beekeeping course at the Vandalia Center on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The registration number is COED 8033 VA04W.
    The beekeeping series continues with “Keeping Healthy Bees.” This course will explore the impact of illness to the colony and how to keep your bees healthy and on their own six feet.
    The cost for this course is $15; students over 60 may register at no cost.  

  • Card Shower

    An open house and card shower are planned for Fred Willms Sr., who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Sunday.


    The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    He is retired from Marathon Oil Co.
    His great-grandson, Tyson Edwards, was born on Fred's birthday, and Tyson will be with celebrating his second birthday with him.
    Cards may be sent to: 817 W. Taylor St., Apt. 1, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.