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Today's News

  • Fayette County Museum has three special displays

    In addition to the many permanent exhibits on display at the Fayette County Museum, monthly special exhibits are shown. The three special museum exhibits for April are Bibles from Our Collection, the Vandalia Madonna and Fayette County churches.
    The annual Fayette County School Children Art Show will be held April 21-25. It is sponsored by Artworks Gallery and is held in the exhibit area above the museum.

  • Birth-Tobias Pearse Carpenter

    Kieran Brown and Rachel Carpenter of Carbondale are the parents of a boy born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.


    He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 23 inches long. He was named Tobias Pearse.
    Grandparents are Todd and Lisa Wagner of Vandalia, Paul and Christine Pearse of London, England, and Robert and Jodene Carpenter of Hoffman.
    Great-grandparents are Dean and Cathy Bernhardt of Vandalia, Cleo and Janet Wagner of Mulberry Grove, and Kathleen Pearse of London, England.

  • Bolyard – Vantine

    Trish Bolyard and Scott Vantine have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Marilyn Bolyard of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of Donna and the late Norman “Frank” Vantine of Etna, N.Y.
    They met online and dated long distance for three years before he moved to Illinois in 2010.
    The couple are planning a May 14 wedding in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Hill – 55 Years

    William “Bill” and Lois Hill will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Vandalia Freight inducted to ASA Hall

    When Rich Well and several others secured sponsorship for their fast-pitch softball team from Guaranteed Air Freight in 1994, they never dreamed a day like Saturday would be possible.

    But in just its fourth year of existence, Vandalia Freight found itself playing in the Amateur Softball Association national tournament.

    And in 11 of the next 12 years, the club returned, eventually winning national titles in 2005 and 2007.

  • Senior Spotlight: Grove Glover

    Imagine for a moment that it’s regional tournament time.

    There are two outs in the top of the seventh inning with a runner on second base, and the Vandal baseball team is nursing a one-run lead.

    If that runner scores, the Vandals are one step closer to elimination.

    Senior third baseman Matt Grove watches intently as the batter hits a sharp grounder his way and prepares to make the play.

  • Victory better than no-hitter for Godoyo

    Vandalia’s Megan Godoyo did not deny that she is happy that she threw a no-hitter at St. Elmo last Tuesday, but she made it very clear that helping the team get a victory was more important.

    “It’s always more important to me to get a win than it is how good I pitched,” the freshman said. “Yeah, it was good (to throw a no-hitter), but at least we got a win.”

  • The College Report: Earnest helps Vandy to bowling nationals

    By the time most of you read this, Vanderbilt could be the NCAA Division I women's bowling champions once again.

    But, they also could be driving back from Taylor, Mich., with no hardware.

    "We are not even thinking about Saturday yet," said Jessica Earnest, a Vandalia grad and Vanderbilt sophomore. "We just want to get through Thursday and Friday. After that, we can think about winning the title."

  • Strong play lifts Rams to first win since spring of 2009

    RAMSEY – Despite having just nine players available, the Ramsey bats came alive for 13 runs to back up freshman Tyler Knisley’s one-hitter during a shutout win against Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Thursday.

    The Rams, which lost seven seniors to graduation last spring, did not win a game in the fall, but coach Mark Rinehart stayed upbeat and was thrilled to see his players get in the win column.

  • Ramsey's seniors help Rams win

    RAMSEY – A trio of seniors anchor Ramsey’s baseball team, and all three of them played important roles in allowing the Rams to beat Christ Our Rock last Thursday.

    Andrew Cunningham and Luke Webb combined to drive in six runs, and shortstop Jordan Johnson scored twice and had a hand in eight outs on defense during Ramsey’s 13-0 victory, its first win since last spring.