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Today's News

  • Man accused in stabbing to be in court Wednesday

    An Edgewood man who was arrested after a stabbing in the southeast corner of Fayette County a little more than a week ago was to make his first court appearance with an attorney on Wednesday.
    Walter L. West, 20, faces felony aggravated battery charges for his role in an incident on April 15 at a home in rural Laclede.
    The Illinois State Police reported that they received a 911 call about an altercation at 6:03 p.m. on April 15. Three troopers responded to the scene.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-April 28, 2011

    • Jay G. Smith, 59, 518 W. Orchard St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 25 on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $3,000.
    • Ryan E. Peterson, 34, East St. Louis, was arrested on April 25 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000, and he was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

  • Community Calendar-April 28, 2011

    Thursday, April 28

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Vandalia Correctional Center for VCC employees.
    ✔ Brownstown Elementary School will hold a kindergarten open house and pre-registration from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Koberlein takes taxidermy from hobby to business

    If you are entering Tony Koberlein’s workshop and showroom for the first time, be prepared, because you might come face-to-face with a snarling, teeth-bared coyote, a huge elk, a full-size longhorn cow or a life-size buck deer with a large rack.

  • School finances still in good shape

    With two months left in the current fiscal year, the Vandalia School District continues to be in a good financial position.
    “We still have positive balances in all of our funds,” Superintendent Rich Well said about the financial report presented at last week’s Vandalia Board of Education meeting.

  • Judge denies request to suppress statements in murder case

    A judge has agreed to suppress a statement made by a Loogootee teen in an ambulance shortly after he allegedly murdered a couple living a short distance from him.
    But, Judge Michael McHenry denied a motion by Clifford Baker’s attorneys to suppress statements he made during a videotaped interview a few hours later.
    McHaney filed on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on several motions argued during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • Another spring of flooding

    Another extremely wet spring has again delayed planting for Fayette County farmers, particularly those with low-lying ground in the county.

  • Sports cancellations -- Wednesday, April 27

    Vandalia softball at Pana has been canceled for today. A makeup date is TBA.

    Vandalia baseball vs. Pana has been canceled for today. A makeup is TBA.

    The St. Elmo make-up baseball game against Patoka for today has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

    The St. Elmo softball game against Altamont for today has been canceled and will be played on May 11.

    Any additional cancellations that are reported will be posted here throughout the day.

  • Judge denies suppression of teen's videotape statement

    A judge denied on Tuesday a motion to suppress statements made by a 16-year-old Loogootee teen several hours after he allegedly murdered a neighboring couple.

    Judge Michael McHaney filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on motions made during a hearing in the Clifford Baker case last Friday.

    Baker is charged with murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their Loogootee home last August. He is being held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center on $2 million bond.

  • Sports cancellations -- Tuesday, April 26

    The following sporting events for Tuesday that have been reported as canceled.

    •Vandalia JV baseball at South Central

    •St. Elmo baseball at Christ Our Rock

    •South Central baseball vs. Flora

    Additional cancellations will be listed here if they are reported.