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Today's News

  • TIF grant OK'd for former Jr. Food Mart

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday two TIF grants, including one for the rehabilitation of a building at a major intersection in the city.

  • Merkley's request to withdraw guilty plea denied

    A Brownstown man who pleaded guilty in October to a felony sex crime was unsuccessful in his bid to withdraw that plea.
    At the conclusion of a hearing Friday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Lloyd W. Merkley’s request for a new trial on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Merkley, 62, agreed to accept a 10-year prison sentence for the Class X felony in signing a plea agreement Oct. 30.

  • Taking the Oath

    Those who were elected to Fayette County offices were sworn into office on Monday morning by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm, chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    Taking the oath of office in the photo in the first photo is Joshua Morrison, who was elected state's attorney at the general election. In the second photo is Kathy Emerick, who was elected to the circuit clerk's post.

  • Tip-Off Classic notes: Four honored

    DUQUOIN – Four Vandals were given tournament awards on Saturday following the conclusion of the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

    Seniors Chase Woolsey and Tim Ritchey, and junior Colton Woolsey were selected to the All-Tournament team, and senior Leyton Godoyo received the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.

    It is the second straight season that Vandalia has earned those same awards.

    “They are very deserving,” said coach Brian Buscher said.

  • Vandals take third at DuQuoin Tourney

    DUQUOIN – The Vandals will begin South Central Conference play this Friday.

    Vandalia (2-2) will travel to Gillespie for the conference-opener, before hosting Hillsboro in a conference game next Tuesday. That will double as the team’s home-opener.

    “It can’t get here soon enough,” said coach Brian Buscher of the SCC season. “If we keep improving our play and focus, we can be right there (in contention for a title).”

    Gillespie is 0-1 in conference play after falling to Carlinville, 65-47.

  • BJHS seventh-grade girls lose in first round at state

    The Brownstown seventh-grade girls basketball team ran into a tough test at the state tournament on Saturday at Central A&M Jr. High.

    Taking on one-loss Eureka, Brownstown was unable to continue its dream season after a 42-27 loss. Strong defense from Eureka created a 10-point halftime lead that wouldn't be lost.

    Deana Shelton had 11 points to lead Brownstown (16-6), and Dana Shelton added six and Fatima Viramontes added five.

    Eureka (23-1) went on to qualify for this Thursday’s state championship game. Monticello (27-0) awaits.

  • Lady Vandals suffer tough week of games

    Short several players, the Lady Vandals had a rough go at Southwestern on Saturday.

    Junior Megan Godoyo did not play due to her controversial ejection from the previous game, and seniors Abby Dugan and Haley Cothern were also out for the 63-34 Southwestern win in South Central Conference action.

    Senior Amber Bruno led Vandalia with 13 points, and senior Morgan Whightsil chipped in a season-high 10.
    Juniors Kaitlyn Kershaw and Brandy Protz each had a season-high four points.

  • Four to participate in Special Olympics

    Four area athletes will be participating in a local Special Olympics individual basketball skills challenge in January.

    Cameron Houston, A.J. Runkel and Veronica Doehring of Vandalia, and Michael Seward of Ramsey are each practicing once a week with volunteer coach Erica Foltz at the Family YMCA of Fayette County in preparation for the Special Olympics Illinois Area 12 event at Mascoutah Junior High School on Saturday, Jan. 19.

  • PHOTOS: Jr. High boys basketball

    Vandalia's Junior High's boys basketball teams battled Greenville on Tuesday.

  • Jackson is top Vandal at CM Tourney

    Four wrestlers placed in the top five at Saturday’s Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament, but no Vandals came away with individual championships.

    Senior Zach Jackson had the best showing, placing second to Herrin’s Tad Cravens at 170 pounds. He lost the title bout, 9-6.

    He pinned his first two opponents in the quarter- and semifinals.

    Sophomore Blake Cripe had two pins on his way to finishing third at 182 pounds by beating Benton’s Zach Mocaby, 13-3.