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Today's News

  • Teen's fitness for trial to be argued again

    An attorney representing a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple last fall will ask the court to again consider whether the teen is fit to stand trial.

  • VJHS principal accepts superintendent position

    In an hour-long meeting – half of which was occupied by a closed-session meeting on personnel matters – the Vandalia Board of Education approved the hiring of two high school staffers and accepted the resignations of three others.

  • Schedule changes at South Central

    The regional tournament game between South Central and North Clay softball that was originally scheduled to be played in St. Peter has been moved to Louisville.

    The baseball game between South Central and Flora has been moved from Kinmundy to Flora.

  • UPDATE: Seven Jr. Vandals make state track meet

    PANA -- Seven athletes from Vandalia have advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association state track meet.

    Eighth-graders qualifying were:

    •Luke Hollinshead, shot put
    •Ryan Bayles, long jump
    •Ben Strobel, 1,600-meter run
    •Allie Holtmann, high jump
    •Johanna Walton, high jump

    Seventh-graders qualifying were:

    •Ethan Meyer, 200-meter dash
    •Jalea Paslay, 800-meter run

  • Hill sisters advance to state meet in discus

    ROBINSON -- Two St. Elmo athletes on Friday advanced to the girls state meet next weekend.

    Senior Abby Hill and her younger sister, freshman Molly Hill, placed first and second in the discus throw at the Class A sectional meet at Robinson on Friday.

    The elder sister threw 108 feet, 2 inches to win the event, while also meeting the state's automatic qualifying standard of 107 feet.

  • Several Patoka Junior High students advance to Saturday's state meet

    The Patoka Junior High track team on Saturday is sending several athletes to the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association state meet in Salem.

    The following qualified for the meet:

  • Hohlt: ‘No doubt we can win a regional’

    Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt said on Thursday that the Vandals can win a regional championship this season.

    “I think there is a good possibility of someone looking past us,” he said. “We aren’t looking past anyone … and I think if we play good baseball, there is no doubt we can win a regional.”

  • Softball to play for share of East crown; girls track takes on sectional

    With a win at Hillsboro on Friday, the Vandalia High School softball team will win at least a share of the South Central Conference East Division.

    The Lady Vandals have a 9-3 record in conference (16-16 overall), and are tied with Greenville atop the standings. In the season series against the Lady Comets, Vandalia was 1-1, so neither team holds a tiebreaker.

    On Thursday, freshman Megan Godoyo hit and inside-the-park home run and struck out nine from the pitcher's circle during a 6-3 win at Roxana.

  • UPDATE: Baker trial still set for the end of May

    The jury trial for the 16-year-old Loogootee teen accused of murdering a neighbor couple is still set to begin with jury selection on May 31.

    That determination was made during a pretrial hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Thursday morning in the case of Clifford Baker, who is charged with first-degree murder and home invasion for allegedly shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home last August.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Homestead Mother’s Day – Great!
    Mother’s Day began early when Bill brought in a bouquet of beautiful pink roses and a pretty sentimental card…plus a package of cream horn pastries!