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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Hill sisters ousted in prelims

    Both Abby and Molly Hill of St. Elmo High School were eliminated from the state meet during the preliminaries of the discus throw.

    Molly, who was one of just two freshman in discus, had a throw of 97 feet, 4 inches.

    Abby, a senior, threw 88 feet, 11 inches.

    The shortest distance that qualified for the finals was 116 feet, 1 inch, which is better than both Hills' personal-best.

  • Three area teams to play for regional championships on Saturday

    Three area teams will play for regional championships on Saturday morning.

    The second-seeded South Central High School baseball team will face top-seeded North Clay at 11 a.m. in Kinmundy. The Cougars advanced after defeating St. Elmo in a 1-0 pitcher's duel on Wednesday.

    The difference-maker was a solo home run by Larry Schoreck.

    Senior Derek Harmeier will start for the Cougars, as they look to win their sixth straight regional title. North Clay had a slow start against Brownstown in the semifinals before prevailing 14-4 on Wednesday.

  • Senior Spotlight: Matt Hoffman

    Four years ago, Matt Hoffman had an admittedly ugly curveball.

    “I didn’t even have a curveball when I was a freshman,” the Vandalia senior said. “It was just a big hanger and wasn’t good.”

    His freshman season was when he first began working on a curveball with then-Legion coach Steve Hosick, and since then, he has developed a big breaking ball that has fooled several hitters this season.

    Against South Central last month, the right-handed hurler had 12 strikeouts, and the majority of them came via the curve.

  • Hill sisters qualify for state meet in discus

    ROBINSON – Sisters Abby and Molly Hill this week will represent St. Elmo at the state track meet in Charleston after placing first and second in the discus throw at last Friday’s sectional meet.

    Abby, a senior, placed first, with a throw of 108 feet, 2 inches, and Molly, a freshman, was right behind, with a throw of 102 feet, 2 inches.

    “I’m really excited that we are going back to state,” said coach Travis Redden. “It’s great to have the sisters going, because there is a lot of camaraderie between the two.”

  • Seven Jr. Vandals qualify for JH state

    PANA – Through on-and-off drizzling rains and chilly temperatures, the Vandalia Junior High boys and girls track teams combined to qualify seven athletes for this weekend's Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state meet in Peoria.

    Eighth-graders qualifying were:
    •Luke Hollinshead (shot put)
    •Ryan Bayles (long jump)
    •Ben Strobel (1,600-meter run)
    •Allie Holtmann (high jump)
    •Johanna Walton (high jump)