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Today's News

  • Sorghum vote under way at FSA office

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct the sorghum referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program from Feb. 1-28 at the Fayette County FSA office.
    For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than three years after the start of assessments, which began July 1, 2008.
    The order requires a simple majority vote.
    Ballots may be obtained from the FSA office, located at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, or on the Internet at www.ams.usda.gov/sorghumpage.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Feb. 23, 2011

    • Debbie S. Pfeffer, 38, Hume, was arrested on Feb. 7 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $30,000.
    • Barton L. Cothern, 49, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 7 on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of more than 900 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a weapon by a felon. Bond was $250,000.
    • Norman C. Keller, 43, Pana, was arrested on Feb. 7 on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of more than 900 grams of methamphetamine. Bond was $250,000.

  • Community Calendar-Feb. 10, 2011

    Thursday, February 10

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, February 11

  • Three youngsters win free-throw shootout
  • Jr. Club wrestling results (Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6)

    The Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers participated in three different events this past weekend.

    Saturday, Feb. 5
    at O'Fallon, Mo.

    •Markus Isaiah got first place in the 65-pound division
    •Anthony Enlow got first place in the midget heavyweight division
    •Garret Stewart got sixth place in the 95-pound division
    •Jake Stewart got second place in the 125-pound division.

  • Junior High sports briefs

    Ramsey eighth-graders win regional

    The Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Altamont, 35-27, on Tuesday to win a regional championship.

    On Monday, the top-seeded Rams defeated Beecher City, 39-16. Ramsey had a first-round bye.

    The Rams will face either Findlay Okaw Valley or Oblong at St. Elmo on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a sectional battle.

    The Vandalia eighth-graders also had a first-round bye, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 29-27, on Monday.

  • Brownstown cheerleaders qualify for state
  • Lady Bombers end disappointing season at 12-12

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team lost in its first-round regional tournament game to Dieterich, 58-53, on Monday to end its season with a 12-12 record.

    A .500 record is a disappointing finish for a team that before the season had aspirations of, at the very least, playing in a regional championship game.

    That would have been challenging, considering the state-ranked Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City co-op would have been the next opponent for the Lady Bombers had they defeated the Movin' Maroons.

  • South Central girls win regional game

    The South Central High School girls basketball was unable to play all its regular-season games due to cancellations, but a shortened season did not stop the Lady Cougars from winning their first-round regional tournament game at Red Hill on Monday.

    Facing Midland Trail Conference rival Clay City, South Central got 12 points from senior Ashley Pollard in a 37-30 win, despite not having practiced in eight days.

    The Lady Cougars advanced to play MTC regular-season champion North Clay on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

  • Area boys basketball roundup

    Brownstown celebrates seniors with big win against Ramsey

    Brownstown honored its seniors before Monday's game against Ramsey and followed up the celebration with its best offensive output of the season in a dominating 82-53 win against Ramsey.

    Senior Bryce Mason had a season-high 28 points, and fellow senior Zach Rigdon added 15.

    Despite the lopsided outcome, the Bombers and Rams were tied at 16 after the first period.