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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry L. Karnes, 31, 410 S. College St., Brownstown, was arrested on Dec. 31 on a charge of theft of up to $500 and an alleged probation violation. Bond was $10,000.
    • Trevor J. Alstat, 19, 1229 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 31 on a charge of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis. Bond was $1,000.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Dec. 31 on charges of possession of drug equipment and possession of drug paraphernalia. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 3

    ✔ 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.
    Sunday, January 6

    ✔ The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will meet at 1 p.m. at the Taylor Springs VFW Home.

  • VHT Quick Hits

    All-tournament team
    •MVP – Robbie Hester, Pana; 8.8 rpg, 7 ppg
    •Kyle Gibson, Pana; 13.6 ppg, 4 rpg
    •Michael Wells, Vandalia; 12 ppg, 7.4 rpg
    •Tim Ritchey, Vandalia; 7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
    •Garrett Ziegler, Altamont; 16 ppg, 1.6 rpg
    •Ethan Leib, Flora; 15.2 ppg. 7.6 rpg
    •Levi Maxey, St. Elmo; 16 ppg, 3.2 rpg
    •Michael Aschermann, Maroa; 11.4 ppg, 4 rpg
    •Brody Bence, Shelbyville; 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
    •Fischer Tharp, South Central; 13 ppg, 6.4 rpg

  • Herrmann ends career as Brownstown school cook

    Linda Herrmann likes to cook, and she also likes children.

  • South Central girls winless at Dieterich

    The Lady Cougars are still searching for their first win of the season after going 0-4 at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

    Short-handed throughout the event due to several players being out with illness, South Central (0-15) battled despite some lopsided results, according to coach Gary Kapper.

  • St. Elmo Wall of Fame ceremony is Jan. 11

    St. Elmo High School will add several members and teams to its Athletic Wall of Fame next Friday between the JV and varsity games.

    Inductees will be:

    •Curt Simmons
    •Zane Belden
    •Jeni Moore (Haslett)
    •Logan Mahon
    •Chelsea Belden
    •1969 baseball team
    •1942-43 boys basketball team
    •1971-72 boys basketball team

  • Year in Review

    JULY
    • Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair 2012 at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown. Sarah Craig of rural Vandalia was crowned Junior Miss Fayette County, and Shelby Sasse of Brownstown was named the 2012 Little Miss Fayette County.
    • After Vandalia aldermen discussed the idea of switching the position of city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one, City Attorney Jack Johnston drafted a letter laying out the council’s options. The council approved that change later in the month.

  • British reporter follows up on 'The Talk In Vandalia'

    Fifty years ago, writer Joseph Lyford came to Vandalia to see what the community could tell him about the mood and condition of rural America. His resulting book, “The Talk In Vandalia,” wasn’t exactly complimentary.

  • Enlow takes title at Rantoul Tourney

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow placed first in the 9- and 10-year-old age division at the Rantoul Tournament this past weekend.

    Enlow pinned all four opponents he faced during the event.

  • Mayoral contests in Vandalia, St. Elmo and Ramsey

    Residents of Vandalia, St. Elmo and Ramsey will have choices for the top elected office in their community when they go to the polls this spring.
    The following have filed petitions to run for municipal posts in the April consolidated election.
    VANDALIA
    Mayor
    Rick Gottman will seek a fourth term in office, and he will be opposed by Brian Stout.
    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen is running unopposed in seeking a fifth term in office.
    Aldermen
    • Ward I – Incumbent Jerry Swarm is running unopposed.