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Today's News

  • Cheer Champions

    The Brownstown High School cheerleading squad recently won the cheerleading competition at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

  • Flora wins Vandalia Holiday Tournament; Vandals take third

    The Flora Wolves are now eight-time champions of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament after dispatching Pana, 75-69, Thursday night to win their second title in three years.

    Tournament MVP Paul Knapp led the Wolves with 26 points during the game, and all-tournament selection Nick Painter added 17, despite having to sit on the bench with foul trouble for extended time periods.

    All-tournament selections Jared McMillen and Mitchell Beyers led Pana in scoring, with 23 and 20 points, respectively.

  • By beating Vandals, Pana to play Flora for the Vandalia Holiday Tournament championship

    It was expected that there would be plenty of upsets during this season's Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but there were just two during pool play as most teams finished pool play according to their seed.

    Third-seeded Pana earned one of those upsets, defeating No. 2 Vandalia, 63-52, Wednesday night to earn a spot in the championship game against top-seeded Flora, which beat No. 4 Wesclin, 63-49, in the final game of pool play.

    The Vandals will face No. 6 Greenville in the third-place game. The Comets upset Wesclin on the first day of the tournament.

  • Births

    Annly Michelle Garrison
    Heather and John Garrison of O’Fallon, Mo., are the parents of a girl born at 8:06 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Barnes Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.


    She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was named Annly Michelle.
    Grandparents are Stanley and Julie Smith of Burlington, Ky., and Mike and Kay Garrison of O’Fallon, Mo.
    Great-grandparents are Allen and Joyce Smith of Vandalia, and Therman and Dorothy Gipson of Woburn.

  • Birthday

    Lucile Bingaman
    An open house to celebrate Lucile Bingaman’s 100th birthday will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday in the social room at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to: P.O. Box 395, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
    The family is requesting no gifts, just cards or attendance at the open house.

  • Anniversary

    Ed and Mona Durbin of rural Brownstown celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 13.


    Ed is the son of Billy and Lois Durbin of St. Elmo, and Mona is the daughter of Willie and Helen Bergmann of Farina. They are the parents of two children, Zach and Megan Durbin.

  • Anniversary

    Neil and Melinda Jolliff will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-6 p.m. this Friday at the Patoka Christian Church.

  • Wedding

    Jacqueline Shimmin of Palatine and Charles Forbes of Vandalia were united in marriage in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2011, at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Glenview, with the Revs. Manny Rocha and Dan Rush officiating.

  • Vandalia Police

    Dec. 13
    • Officers responded to a two-vehicle accident at Kennedy Boulevard and Veterans Avenue. According to the report, a vehicle driven by Edward A. Opfer, 81, of Shobonier, turned left in front of a vehicle driven by Lauren R. Gill, 72, of Brownstown, striking the side of Gill’s vehicle. Opfer was ticketed for failure to yield turning left.
    Dec. 21
    • Police received a report at 11:49 a.m. of the theft of an iPod and purse from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Shelley Drive that was unlocked.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Joseph S. Reynolds, 34, RR 1, St. Peter, was arrested on Dec. 27 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, criminal damage to property less than $300, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.
    • Timothy L. Lytle, 31, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on Dec. 26 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding, and for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $4,000.