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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

     “She Came To a Screeching Halt”
    …were the words said by the male human of the Homestead, namely my husband, Bill. He was referring to my busy, busy lifestyle and the sudden stop caused by my episode when I slipped and fell, breaking the fibula in my left ankle.

    We were in Decatur on Saturday, having went there for a post-Thanksgiving dinner, but rather than go to a hospital emergency room there, I wanted to be taken care of by our own staff in Vandalia.

  • News Briefs (Dec. 2)

    Rotary Christmas Parade is Saturday

    Santa will make his first visit of the season to the Vandalia area when he rides his sleigh into town in the Rotary Christmas Parade this Saturday.

  • Community Calendar (Dec. 2)

    Thursday, December 2

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.

  • Second Chance takes dogs to Brookstone Estates

    ‘Tis the season for giving, and a potpourri of  “gift stories” is being featured in Fayette Faces   The theme – gifts do not always come wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons.

    Recently, the story of Adrian and the unselfish gifts given to him by his birth mother and his adoptive mother was told.

    This week, it is gift-giving of a different nature, but still in the spirit of giving. Meet the women of Brookstone Estates and their gifts to the less-fortunate—homeless dogs:

  • Account takes trip down Gallatin Street

    In the late 1980s, the late Charles Mills contacted 83-year-old Esther Buckley, saying that he heard that she wrote stories.

    The daughter of Harry Mabry and Ida Fogler, Esther was at the right place to be an observer of Vandalia’s progress. When she was about 7 years old, her father moved the family from a farm to the big city. Esther referred to Vandalia as her “magic town.”

  • Give input on bypass options

    After the process was backed up to give local citizens more input on possible routes for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, the public now has a set of six options to which it can respond.

    The six represent a variety of ways that the bypass route could be configured to move traffic through the community efficiently and safely.

    Is there one that's perfect? Not a chance. Is there one that has emerged as head and shoulders above the others? Not yet. They all have assets and liabilities.

  • 51st annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament bracket announced
  • South Central boys start with two games; Vets to be honored on Saturday

    The South Central High School boys basketball team will open its season with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

    The Cougars will host Odin – which just finished 4-0 in the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament – on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

    On Saturday, South Central will travel to Flora for another 6:15 p.m. start. All veterans will receive free admission to that game and will be honored at halftime.

    The Cougars are under the direction of first-year head coach Rick Simmons, who was a longtime assistant at South Central.

  • St. Elmo opens season at Neoga on Friday

    While not yet to play at home, the St. Elmo High School boys basketball team will begin its season on Friday, traveling to Neoga for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.

    The Eagles will then travel to Cowden-Herrick on Tuesday.

    Coach Greg Feezel said his team must “grow up in a hurry” to be successful, but it does return three starters from last season that give the Eagles a young, but experienced, core.

    Sophomore Connor Beasley and juniors Ben Sperry and Blaine Scholes combined to average 20.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game last season.

  • Patoka JH boys fall to ALJH

    The Patoka Junior High boys basketball team was defeated, 43-32, by Altamont Lutheran on Monday.

    The Warriors nearly erased a six-point deficit in the second quarter, cutting a 10-4 ALJH lead to 17-14 at halftime.

    Patoka managed just two points in the third quarter, however, allowing ALJH to take a commanding lead. The Warriors did score 16 points in the fourth quarter to finish the game on a strong note.