Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state's economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar pro-claimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state's first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were ar-rested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Lady Vandals start conference season with win over Pana

    VANDALIA – Senior Abby Dugan pitched three innings of shutout relief, and the offense had a season-high 11 runs against Pana in picking up the first win of the season.

    Dugan allowed just one runner to reach third base in the final three innings of an 11-8 win in the South Central Conference opener, a game that featured seven lead changes.

    “We’d take a lead, they’d take a lead,” said Lady Vandals coach Brian Buscher. “That helped us keep our focus.

  • The history of the village St. James

    The stories of those who lived through various events and times are referred to as first-person accounts and are my favorite resource for local history.

  • Event yet another benefit from 4-H

    Many of Fayette County’s youth learn many things through their participation on the county’s 4-H program. One of those was on display on Sunday.
    A dinner at the Brownstown Elementary School raised funds for the Fayette County Extension Office and 4-H. It took many volunteers to pull off the dinner, and a large number of those workers were youths who are members of 4-H clubs in the county.

  • Ruffner leaps 5-5 to set new high jump record

    Senior Sierah Ruffner twice broke the school record in the high jump earlier this week.

    With a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches at Breese Central on Monday, Ruffner broke her old record of 5 feet, 3 inches.

    She bettered that by another inch at Roxana on Tuesday.


    The Vandalia boys track team will take part in its first home track meet of the spring on Thursday.

    Patoka, St. Elmo and Altamont will be the other teams at the meet, which begins at 4 p.m.

  • Senior Spotlight: Connor Beasley

    ST. ELMO – High school athletes often joke about outlandish accomplishments that they would like to achieve.

    Not that breaking St. Elmo’s single-game strikeout record was an outlandish feat for senior Connor Beasley, but he still just laughed it off when it was suggested he should strike out 19 batters before Monday night’s game.

  • Rev. Becker has had a full life in 90 years

    When one walks into the Rev. Lawrence Becker’s apartment at Brookstone Estates, a unique and pretty scene greets them in the form of a painting on the wall.

  • Raising funds & enhancing lives

    At a spaghetti dinner held to raise funds for the Fayette County Extension Foundation, volunteers of all ages were serving patrons.
    That only makes sense because of the purpose of University of Illinois Extension.

  • Farina man charged with murder solitication

    A Farina man is being held in Fayette County Jail without bond for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, was arrested last Friday on a charge of solitication for murder.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison has charged Fulk with solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.
    In the information, Morrison’s office alleges that Fulk approached a man and offered to him cash, a motorcycle, auto shop and house as payment for killing his wife.

  • All but Ramsey OK electric aggregation

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