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Today's News

  • Early Morning Fire

    A fire early last Thursday morning caused damage estimated at $30,000 to a house in Vandalia. Vandalia firefighters were called to 1806 W. Johnson St. shortly before 2:30 a.m. Firefighters contained a fire to a bedroom of the home, which is owned by Joseph Hicks and occupied by Ashley Hicks. No injuries were reported. Twenty-three firefighters responded to the call, and VVFD members were at the scene for about 95 minutes. The fire is still under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

  • Miss Fayette County participating in state pageant

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2011 fair.
    A big part of this convention is the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Amy Pippin will compete for this title, along with 65 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Ruling in St. Elmo candidacy case coming Friday

    A municipal electoral board in St. Elmo will rule Friday on whether two candidates for alderman seats will be allowed to stay on the April ballot.

    Larry Tish, St. Elmo's mayor and the chairman of the electoral board, made that announcement at the conclusion of a hearing on Wednesday evening that lasted about an hour.

    At issue are objections filed to nominating petitions filed by incumbent Aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter.

  • Marty Johnson closes in on 1,000 points (Jan. 13)
  • Area Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 13)
  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 13)
  • Vandalia JH boys fall to Litchfield

    The Vandalia Junior High School basketball teams battled Litchfield last Thursday. The seventh-graders lost, 35-24, and the eighth-graders lost, 36-27.

  • Patoka JH boys beat Mulberry Grove

    The Patoka Junior High boys basketball team defeated Mulberry Grove last Tuesday, 32-20.

    The Warriors held the Mulberry Grove to just seven first-half points, while posting 18 of their own.

    Patoka plays North Clay on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Tuesday, Jan. 4
    at Mulberry Grove
    Patoka 32
    Mulberry 20

    Scoring:
    Patoka – Jared Cain, 11; Dylan Back, 9; Garrett Belcher, 8; Shane Cain, 4.
    Mulberry – James, 6; Redfern, 6; Schewn, 4; Iberg, 3; Latham, 1.

  • Jr. Club wrestlers have success at two weekend tournaments

    Saturday, Jan. 8
    at Murphysboro Tournament
    6-and-under

    Second place – Logan Nance
    Third place – Derek Warren
    Fourth place –Eric McKinney
    7- and 8-year-olds
    First place – Markus Isaiah
    First place – Kyle Miller
    Participated – Dawson McKinney
    9- and 10-year-olds
    First place – Jarrett Paslay
    First place – Anthony Enlow
    Second place – Tanner Swain

  • South Central girls still improving

    It's been a tough season for an inexperienced South Central High School girls basketball team.

    But that has not stopped the girls from giving a full effort each game, which is something that has left first-year coach Gary Kapper pleased.

    "We played from the start of the game and were still getting on the floor at the end of the game," Kapper said after a 53-48 loss to North Clay on Monday. "The girls worked very hard tonight."

    The Lady Cougars (3-12) will play three straight home games, starting next Thursday against Altamont.