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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 9

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-June 9, 2011

    • Lynette R. Howland, 39, Granite City, was arrested on June 7 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of a methamphetamine precursor. Bond was $10,000.
    • Sherill A. Durham, 23, 410 E. Madison St., Farina, was arrested on June 7 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200, and she was transferred to Effingham County.
    • Lisa R. Jordan, 47, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on June 5 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Bennyhoff gets three years in prison for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who served a prison sentence for a drunk-driving wreck in 1995 that killed two people was sent back to prison last week for another drunk-driving conviction.
    Rocky Bennyhoff, 56, was given a three-year prison term through a plea agreement approved by Judge Allan Lolie of Shelbyville last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Bennyhoff pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and Lolie agreed to delay the start of the prison term until Sept. 1.

  • Make your pet our Pet of the Week

    Make your pet our Pet of the Week. Go to the Pet of the Week on our homepage, click on the More button, then click on Nominate Your Pet.

  • Many played a role in Edgar becoming a priest

    Zachary Edgar, a life-long member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, is an ordained deacon and is looking forward to May 2012, when he will become an ordained priest.

  • Murder trial stays here

    After initially appearing to lean toward moving Clifford Baker’s murder trial to another county, the judge in that case has decided it will stay in Fayette County.
    One day after taking under advisement a renewed motion by Baker’s attorneys to move the trial for the Loogootee teen, Judge Michael McHaney denied that motion.
    Baker is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Mike Mahon, 60, and Deb Tish, 53, in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Main Street is being dissolved

    Vandalia and its downtown business district will lose a big supporter at the end of this month.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting that the Vandalia Main Street Program would be dissolved.
    The mayor said on Tuesday that the particulars related to the dissolution of the organization – including what happens with property owned by Vandalia Main Street – are currently being worked on.

  • City makes employee cuts

    Saying that they were unable to avoid the inevitable, Vandalia officials on Monday approved personnel cutbacks that include the elimination of the director of economic development and tourism position.
    In addition to cutting the post held by JoAnn Sasse Givens for the past 3½ years, the city council voted to lay off three city employees and not fill three vacancies.

  • Senior (Citizen) Spotlight: Mike Travelstead

    Mike Travelstead has always cared.

    The recently retired Vandalia English teacher and girls track coach cared for his “A” students just as much as he did for his average students, and he cared for his state-caliber track stars just as much as he did for the girls who just wanted to set a personal-best time, even if that meant finishing in last place.

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion team splits season opener vs. Carlyle

    There is something about teams that Luke Hohlt coaches that gets players motivated to score runs in the seventh inning.

    Many times during the high school season, the Vandalia Vandals would score in the late innings, and Vandalia's Sr. Legion team did the same during its first game of the season, a 9-7 loss to Carlyle last Wednesday.

    Post 95 trailed 9-5 entering the bottom of the seventh, but the first five batters reached base, Caleb Randle scored on a passed ball and Dathan Berning got an RBI by driving home Ian Murrell on a fielder's choice.