Today's News

  • Open house Sunday at museum

    Area residents will have the opportunity on Sunday to see improvements to the home of the Fayette County Museum, and to learn about improvements planned in the future.
    An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the old Presbyterian Church at 301 W. Main St., the home of the museum and Artworks Gallery.
    The open house, which includes refreshments, is part of a fundraising effort for improvements to the upstairs sanctuary, which has been used for art shows.

  • Woman found guilty in cannabis trial

    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 15 minutes before finding a rural Vandalia woman guilty of cannabis manufacture.
    Tammy L. Finley, 50, was convicted of the unlawful manufacture of between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis.
    Finley was charged with the offense, a Class 1 felony, on Sept. 17, 2010. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $150,000.

  • Meth maker gets 18 years in prison

    A Vandalia man who was arrested on methamphetamine charges twice in a three-month period was sentenced to prison on Monday after pleading guilty.
    Eric L. Hohlt, 45, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Hohlt was sentenced to nine years on each of the two counts, with the sentences to be served consecutively, according to court records.
    Each of the counts is a Class X felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

  • Morrison the speaker at the final Lenten Luncheon

    Winifred “Bud” Morrison will be the speaker at the final Lenten Luncheon, to be held at noon next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    Morrison has been an active member for 45 years at First Christian Church in Vandalia, where he serves as an elder and vice president of the church board.
    Over the years, he has served the church in various ways, including many years as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.
    He and his wife, Carol, will celebrate 58 years of marriage on May 22.

  • Senior Spolight: T-Mont-ster

    It’s very difficult to measure where Trevor Montgomery brings the most value to the Vandals.

    On one hand, he is the starting catcher and pretty much plays the position flawlessly.

    On another, he is the team’s leading power hitter and cranked Vandalia’s first home run of the season during a win against St. Elmo on Monday.

    On yet another, he is a dominant closer and struck out the side in the seventh inning of Monday’s game.

  • Vandals play fundamentally sound to win

    Vandalia scored six runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take control of what had been a close game and went on to beat St. Elmo, 8-2, on Monday.

    Senior Trevor Montgomery started the two-inning rally by leading off the fourth with a home run, the team’s first of the season, and the Vandals (2-1) later took advantage of some good base running and walks to add to the lead.

    A solid defensive effort kept the Eagles (2-4) off of the scoreboard except for a run each in the fourth and sixth innings.

  • Outdoor opener goes well for track teams

    LITCHFIELD – Both the Vandalia boys and girls track teams earned three first-place finishes at their first outdoor meet of the season on Tuesday.

    Senior Quenten Austin won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and junior Sierah Ruffner won the high jump and was part of two winning relays teams to lead the way for each team.

    By the end, the boys placed third and the girls took fourth, leaving both girls coach Gena Nance and boys coach Jane Bell satisfied.

  • Coach Feezel honored by NTC and IBCA

    St. Elmo boys basketball coach Greg Feezel was recently named Coach of the Year by two entities.

    At the National Trail Conference banquet on March 12, Feezel was selected as the winner of the J.H. Griffin Coach of the Year Award. The Eagles had an 8-2 record in NTC play this past season to finish in a tie for second place.

    Feezel was also honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia wrestler awards

    Vandalia wrestling coach Jason Clay handed out several awards during the team's banquet last Thursday.

  • Prep roundup (March 29)

    Vandalia, South Central combine for 20 runs

    The Vandalia high school softball team picked up its first victory of the season in a 16-4 rout of South Central on Monday.

    Four Lady Vandals had three hits in the game, and four other players had an extra-base hit.

    Senior Molli Tedrick, who picked up her first win from the pitcher's circle with a complete-game effort, paced the offense with a 3-for-4 day, including three RBI and two runs.