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Today's News

  • Michael Steinhauer home housed FCHD

    The auction notice of the building at 509 W. Edwards St., used most recently as headquarters of the Fayette County Health Department, sparked my interest because I discovered only a couple of years ago that this home was built in the early 1860s by Michael Steinhauer.

  • Map drawing a local issue, too

    District remapping is a big issue at both the state and national levels right now, with politics playing a big role in what those final products will look like.
    All of the talk of those mapping issues got us to wondering where the discussions are for such a project in Vandalia?
    City officials have in recent years talked about drawing up new ward boundaries, replacing the ones that have been in place for many, many decades.

  • Graduation Day

    Six of seven area high schools held commencement exercises for the class of 2011 last weekend.

  • Miles Filer recalls his time as a POW in WW II

    When Miles Filer left Fayette County to join the U.S. Army 508th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in October 1942, the young farm boy weighed 160 pounds.

  • Volunteers needed for Avenue of Flags

    Volunteers are needed to put up and take down the Avenue of Flags display provided by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.
    Those who wish to help put up the flags should report to the Legion Home at 221 S. Seventh St. at 6 a.m. on Monday.
    A full breakfast will be provided to workers after all flags are put up.
    The flags will not be put up in the event of bad weather.

  • Memorial Day programs, activities planned in the area

    Memorial Day programs and activities will be held throughout the area this weekend.
    Patoka
    A Memorial Day dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Patoka Service Center.
    The menu will include ham and turkey with all of the trimmings, drinks, and homemade pie and cake. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children.
    A quilt and gun raffle will also be held.
    All proceeds from the dinner will be used for the maintenance of Magassi Cemetery.
    Brownstown

  • Two sent to prison for meth

    Two Fayette County men were sentenced to prison last Thursday for their roles in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation in the fall of 2009
    Brian E. Scholes, 26, of Vandalia, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and Travis W. Metzger, 38, of Brownstown was sentenced to six years in prison.
    Scholes and Metzger were arrested in August 2009 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, which included a cook jar and coffee filters.

  • Teen again ruled fit to stand trial

    For the second time, a judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple is mentally fit to stand trial, and also that a confession given by the teen should not be suppressed.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last week, Judge Michael McHaney denied motions on those matters filed by attorneys for 16-year-old Clifford Baker.

  • Austin, Bell advance to state meet

    NEWTON — Two members of the Vandalia High School boys track team qualified for the state track meet on Friday night at the Newton sectional meet.

    Junior Quenten Austin qualified by winning the 300-meter hurdles and placing second in the discus.

    Senior Daniel Bell qualified after winning discus and placing second in the 800-meter run.

    As a team, the Vandals placed third despite using only a handful of athletes.

  • Judge again rules teen fit to stand trial for murder

    A judge ruled has ruled for the second time that a Loogootee teen charged with murder is fit to stand trial.

    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion by attorneys for Clifford Baker to reconsider an earlier ruling on Baker's fitness for trial.