Today's News

  • Patoka falls to Woodlawn at volleyball sectional

    LOUISVILLE — The realization hit the Patoka Lady Warriors moments after their season came to an abrupt end — there's no shame in losing to a talented team.
    Dominant from the start, Woodlawn defeated Patoka, 25-7, 25-7, in a Class 1A North Clay Sectional semifinal on Tuesday night.
    Woodlawn advanced to the sectional title game with the win, while the season ended for the Lady Warriors. Woodlawn had too much firepower for the Warriors.
    Patoka Coach Paula Copple said her team just ran into a solid opponent.

  • Patoka tops Mulberry Grove for regional title

    MULBERRY GROVE — As the final whistle blew, contrasting emotions were on full display, just as you'd expect after a postseason thriller.
    Moments after an intense regional championship match concluded, the Patoka Lady Warriors were jumping up and down and screaming in celebration, as their volleyball season would continue in the state tournament.
    On the other hand, the Mulberry Grove Lady Aces were wiping away the tears as they realized their season had come to an abrupt end.

  • South Central's season ends in regional title match

    CENTRALIA — The first set went their way. But the next two did not.
    South Central saw the volleyball season come to an end Thursday, as No. 1 seed Woodlawn defeated the second-seeded Lady Cougars, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, at the Class 1A Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran Regional.
    South Central went 19-15 for Head Coach Sherry Hargis.
    South Central rallied late to pull out a close first set, scoring the final two points after the set was tied, 23-23. Alexis Harpster had a key ace late in the set.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, dated 1916, shows the Charters Hotel, which was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, the spot currenly occupied by Old Capitol View Restaurant.

    In Vandalia's capital days, legislators stayed in this hotel. In the background of the photo is the cupola of the Masonic building.


  • Iles help set up Springfield as capital

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia with a population of 800 “unchanged since it was founded fifteen years ago.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

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  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Fire destroyed the retail section of Leo Brown Lumber Co. Owner Gary Brown announced plans to rebuild.
    The University of Illinois basketball team held a scrimmage game in Vandalia, which was attended by more than 2,700 fans. Coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary, autographed copies of Henson’s new book.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –Unemployment in Fayette County decreased from 12.5 percent in August to 11.6 in September, according to a report from Job Services of Illinois.

  • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade winners

    Class A – First, Mascoutah High School; second, Teutopolis High School; and third, Greenville High School.
    Class B – First, Ramsey High School; second, Altamont High School; and third, Altamont Junior High.
    Best overall color guard/flags – Mascoutah.
    Best overall drum major/majorette – Ramsey High School.
    • First, Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Preschool/Childcare, $300.

  • Vendors accepted for wedding show

    The first annual Central Illinois Wedding Show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at two locations: Carriage House Event Center in Altamont, owned and operated by Janet Ramsey, and Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue in St. James, owned and operated by Tammy Lash.
    Each venue, in years past, has had its own successful wedding show. This year, Lash approached Ramsey with this idea to combine shows by having the bride attend both venues.

  • Briefs

    County board meets next Thursday

    Due to the observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, the Fayette County Board will meet next Thursday evening.
    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Brownstown Backpack event is Nov. 15

    A 5K run./walk to benefit the backpack food program at Brownstown Elementary School will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15.