Today's News

  • Sex offender gets 62 years

    A rural Altamont man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for sex crimes.
    William R. Fulk, 37, was sentenced at the end of November after pleading guilty in September to six of 12 charges filed against him in July of this year.
    Fulk pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of criminal sexual assault.
    He presented open pleas of guilt, meaning that he admitted to the crimes without any agreement on his sentence.

  • Vandals win DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic

    DUQUOIN - Despite having to play three games in 24 hours, the Vandalia boys basketball team was able to win them all to win the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

    In the team's first appearance at the tournament, the Vandals went 4-0 to defeat Cairo, DuQuoin, Benton and Waltonville to take the tournament championship.

    The title was technically won after Vandalia beat Benton, 34-31, in a physical game on Saturday afternoon, but coach Kevin Jackson wasn't completely satisfied until the team finished off against Waltonville, with a 68-44 win Saturday night.

  • Redwood owners found guilty

    The owners of the Redwood Inn were found guilty of violating the city of Vandalia's ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars.

    A six-person Fayette County jury returned a guilty verdict on each of three tickets issued to G&T Holdings at the completion of a one-day trial.

    The jury also assessed the maximum fine of $500 on each of the three tickets issued by the city in August of last year.

  • Brownstown 7th-grade girls make state; Vandalia 8th-graders eliminated

    The Brownstown Junior High seventh-grade basketball team advanced to Saturday's state tournament, with a 28-17 win against Oblong at the sectional tournament on Wednesday.

    Brownstown will play the Paris/Crestwood co-op on Saturday at 1 p.m. in LeRoy, and the tournament finals are on Saturday, Dec. 8.

    Meanwhile, the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade girls basketball team closed out a 20-2 season last night with a 38-23 loss to Central A&M in the regional championship game at Assumption.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Dec. 1 – Barbecue ribbettes on bun, succotash, rosemary potatoes, strawberries & bananas .
    Friday, Dec. 2 – Beef stew, lettuce salad, apple crisp, biscuit.
    Monday, Dec. 5 – Barbecue chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, plums, cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Pepper steak w/oriental vegetables, rice, butter beans, fruit for salad, whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Meatloaf, augratin potatoes, gourmet carrots, cheery fruit crisp, whole wheat bread.

  • Vandalia Lions host leadership seminar

    The Vandalia Lions Club and the District 1-L of the Lions of Illinois recently hosted a leadership seminar at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.
    The meeting was conducted by District 1-L Gov. James Strange of Altamont.
    Lions International has begun a new program for increasing leadership and membership in the clubs.
    This seminar was provided to the officers and members of District 1-L.

  • Birth

    Frederick Liam Towler
    Ashley and Chad Towler of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:25 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Huskey-Belcher

    Cori Michelle Huskey and Jason Keith Belcher, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2011, in Gretchen Wilson Park in Pocahontas.

  • Doll-Timmermann

    Kate Doll and Ben Timmermann, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joseph Havrilka officiating.

  • Farm Briefs

    FSA's committee ballots due Monday
    Ballots are due next Monday for the Farm Service Agency's county committee elections. Those ballots were mailed to eligible voters in early November.
    "The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government," said Scherrie Giamanco, FSA state executive director.