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Today's News

  • Three celebrate birthdays

    On Sunday, Jan. 29, several family members and friends joined together at the Loudon Town Hall in rural Beecher City to celebrate three big milestone birthdays and others.
    The honored guests were: MaryBelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, celebrating her 90th birthday; Carrie Dodson of St. Elmo, celebrating her 80th birthday; and Cora Miley of rural Beecher City, celebrating her 75th birthday. Both Carrie and Cora are nieces of MaryBelle.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital donated $38,000 to purchase new laparoscopic equipment.
    Fayette County Hospital held its first-ever health fair.
    Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball players Seth VonBehren and Zach Gummert were  named MVPs.
    Brownstown beat Mulberry Grove 15-13 and 15-10 in the eighth-grade volleyball regionals on Tuesday in Ramsey.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Jones of Salem were to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on March 18.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Paula (Smith) Roach, Debbie (Little) Smith, Jon Smith and David Little.
    Identifying them were: Juanita Workman, Robert and Helen Smith, Dee Filer, Judy Kaiser and the Bones.
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  • Judge Henry's desk in Vandalia Statehouse

    Beginning in January of this year, I answered the call of Vandalia Statehouse Site Superintendent Steve Riddle to volunteer a few hours a week at the historic site.

  • Be prepared for severe weather

    The tornado that devastated Harrisburg last Wednesday should serve as a warning that we’ve now entered the season in which such storms are possible.
    That powerful storm claimed six lives and injured more than 100 citizens – leaving a swath of destruction across a wide area of Southern Illinois.
    Similar storms have hit Southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky in recent days.

  • Senior class plays big role in St. Elmo's success

    BRIDGEPORT – It was quiet walking past the St. Elmo Eagles as they waited to leave Red Hill High School last Wednesday.

    Near the door of a gym that had long since emptied, St. Elmo players stood with straight faces and little to say as they wrestled with defeat in the first round of the sectional tournament for the second straight season.

  • Woodlawn again ousts St. Elmo

    BRIDGEPORT – Every sports team eventually has an off-night.

    Unfortunately for the St. Elmo Eagles, theirs came last Wednesday in the first round of the sectional tournament, where cold shooting left them behind early and unable to come back during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn.

    Junior Gabe Owens hit a pair of 3-pointers in the span of 28 seconds early in the first quarter to push Woodlawn ahead 8-2, and by the end of the game, he, along with A.J. Webb and Christian Hollenkamp, had outscored the Eagles by themselves.

  • PHOTOS: YMCA basketball

    Photos from one of Saturday's games in the YMCA basketball league.

  • Three Vandalia boys and girls basketball players receive all-conference honors

    Six Vandalia athletes were given all-conference honors from the South Central Conference East Division coaches.

    Senior Dathan Berning was the only player to be named to the first team.

    He led the Vandals in scoring, with 13.53 points per game, and was a consistent rebounding threat and a strong ball handler.

    Senior Bryan Hosick and junior Tim Ritchey were both named to the second team.

    Hosick had a career-best 10.97 points per game, and was also key to Vandalia's rebounding efforts and offensive ball movement.

  • New softball field is one of the best in the region

    With the renovation of the Vandalia High School softball field nearing completion, coach Brian Buscher already has seen the benefits.

    Though favorable weather has helped, he said that his team has already been on the field for practice five out of the first six days, which is something that would not have happened in the past.

    “That makes our players that much better,” Buscher said. “Being in the gym is just not the same as catching the ball in the air or fielding a ball off of the dirt.”