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Today's News

  • Extension seminar on emerald ash borer is next Tuesday

    The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia. Discovered in Illinois in 2006, it has since spread throughout Northeast Illinois and East Central Illinois, recently being found in Effingham County.
    The emerald ash borer feeds only on true ash trees. If trees go untreated, the death rate is 100 percent. If infested trees are not treated or removed, EAB will continue its destructive path moving on to other ash trees-eventually wiping out all ash trees.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Oct. 27, 2011

    • Sahal H. Hashi, 32, Seattle, Wash., was arrested on Oct. 25 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Justin D. Siebert, 21, 403 Wall St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Oct. 25 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.
    • Trent A. Parker, 22, 300 E. Monroe St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 24 on charges of battery and criminal trespass to property. Bond was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar Oct. 27, 2011

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Rev. Dan Rush celebrates 25 years at Bethel Baptist

    It was 25 years ago on Nov. 1 that the Rev. Dan Rush arrived in Vandalia to pastor the Bethel Baptist Church, bringing his wife, Kathy, and their two young children, Brittany, age 4, and Micah, age 2.

  • Ruot to seek second term as circuit clerk

    With more than three decades of experience in the circuit clerk’s office, the woman who has headed up that office for the past 3¼  years wants to continue doing so for four more.

  • Jim, Joyce Staff are grand marshals for Lions' Halloween parade

     A long-time member of the Vandalia Lions Club, Jim Staff currently serves as the chairman of the committee organizing the club’s annual Halloween parade.
    The duties of the committee include selecting a grand marshal for the parade. But this year, the current club president told Staff that his committee would not need to do that.
    “Les (Smith) told that whatever choice we would come up with would be overruled,” Staff said.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with thefts

    A Brownstown man who was charged with theft from the Brownstown School District last fall has now been charged with the theft of funds from a township.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel has charged Rodney L. Deal with the theft of Otego Township monies while he served as the township supervisor.
    Deal, 55, has been charged with two counts of theft, including a Class 1 felony which alleges that he stole between $100,000 and $500,000, and a Class 2 felony alleging the theft of up to $100,000.

  • Lady Vandals advance to regional title game

    FLORA – Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith probably didn’t even know what a regional championship was the last time the Lady Vandals won one.

    It’s been 26 seasons, but the hope is that the drought will end on Thursday.

    “I think this team is really eager to get a championship,” Smith said. “They keep saying, ‘1985.’ I say, ‘Yes, in 1985, I was 5 years old, so let’s get this done.’”

  • Vandalia hosting Pana in playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team learned on Saturday night that it will be hosting conference foe Pana in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night at 7 p.m.

    “It’s something we probably didn’t expect,” said coach John Stout of playing at home. “It’s always good to start the first round at home, and I think it’s a big advantage for us.”

    Just two weeks ago, Pana (6-3) came to play in Vandalia, with the Vandals (6-3) holding on for a nail-biting 20-14 win.

  • Two schools to play for regional titles

    The South Central and St. Elmo High School volleyball teams will play for regional championships on Thursday.

    The top-seeded Lady Cougars had little trouble in defeating No. 4 Wayne City, earning the win on their own floor, 25-15, 25-10.

    In Altamont, No. 2 St. Elmo defeated third-seeded Ramsey in the semifinals, 22-25, 28-26, 25-16.

    For South Central, it was seniors Kinzie Neilson and Emily Atwood who led the offensive attack, with eight and seven kills, respectively.

    Junior Kellie Crain added four service aces.