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Today's News

  • Ramsey Lions' Community Sale

    Ideal weather and block after block of merchandise translated into another big turnout for the Ramsey Lions Club's Community Sale on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Ed Hargrove of Bingham looks over a Ford tractor that was for sale at the Ramsey Lions Club's Community Sale on Saturday. In the second photo, a crowd of auction-goers encircle one of the many auctioneer trucks on the grounds. In the third photo, Don Culbertson auctions off some of the farm equipment up for sale at the 51st annual Lions sale.

  • Use a strategic approach to fight off weeds

    (ARA) - Every garden is filled with them: millions of unseen weeds. They are dormant seeds that lurk just below the soil surface, ready to spring to life with just the briefest exposure to light.
    Weeds can choke a garden, robbing it of space, nutrients and water. Allowing weeds to mature compounds the problem, as they are naturally prolific seed producers.
    They grow aggressively and can be tough to get rid of, because pulling weeds brings more weed seeds to the surface.
    The good news is that seeds can also be key to winning the war on garden weeds.

  • Some tips for a healthy, attractive lawn

    (ARA) - Grass is an extraordinary plant, the unsung hero of backyards everywhere. With proper care and feeding, grass can help clean the air, cool the ground, reduce erosion and provide one of the softest outdoor play surfaces. With all of these amazing benefits, it pays to start the spring season off right by giving grass a boost.
    The drought and heat of last summer, combined with uncharacteristic winter temperatures in many regions, may have taken a toll on the lawn, but getting it back on the road to recovery is easy.

  • Senior Spotlight: Brandon Budds

    MULBERRY GROVE – There’s a stark contrast between Brandon Budds the ballplayer and the Brandon Budds that rides the bus to and from games.

    The Patoka senior is one of the leading players and jokesters on the teams, slinging Will Ferrell one-liners on the way to games, but slinging words of advice inside the fences.

    “Usually our funniness stays on the bus,” he said. “We’ll joke on the ride here, but once we are on the field, there‘s no more joking.”

  • King's Treasure is ending its 12-year daycare run

    Twelve years ago, Vicky Blackerby,  decided to give up teaching school for two very good reasons – her and husband Rob’s new twin babies.  

  • Murrell's gem leads to SCC win for VHS

    Senior Ian Murrell remained perfect after tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout against Pana last Friday.

    The win, which also included 13 strikeouts, was his fifth of the season.

    “We got what we needed from our pitcher today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He was ahead of all the hitters, changed speeds well and had a lot of confidence.”

    Just three batters got three balls in the count, and only two of them got ahead with a 2-1 count. Among them, only one got a hit.

  • Eggs-citing weekend

    Easter weekend featured a variety of activities in Fayette County.

  • Vandals drop doubleheader to Okawville

    Vandalia squandered opportunities to win both games of a doubleheader against Okawville on Saturday, leaving the team at what may become an early-season crossroads.

    After starting 6-3, the two losses came from a team that has struggled for many years, and if the Vandals don’t learn from their mistakes, the season could go in the wrong direction.

    “We will come away from this day learning some things,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We’ll have to be tough mentally.

  • LaDage named assistant regional superintendent

    The new assistant regional superintendent of schools for this area is a familiar face to educators in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, and especially to those in Vandalia.

  • Vandal notes: Godoyo shows bounce-back ability

    A day after striking out four times, Vandalia junior Leyton Godoyo put the struggles behind him and had six quality at-bats during a doubleheader against Okawville.

    The Vandals lost both of those games on Saturday, but Godoyo getting himself straightened out was definitely a bright spot.

    “He had a rough day yesterday, but he rebounded well for us today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Once he bunted for a hit, you knew he would have a nice day.”