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Today's News

  • Filer named to public works post

    An employee of Vandalia’s public works department for more than two decades has been chosen to head up that department.

  • Judge mulls Lake House motions

    A judge is considering two motions in the city of Vandalia’s lawsuit against a couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake, including one that seeks a judgment against the city.
    During a hearing on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Michael D. McHaney heard arguments on two motions filed by the attorney for Steve and Latisha Mabry.
    In one of those motions, the Mabrys’ attorney, David Cates of Swansea, is asking for a summary judgment in the case filed by the city in June of last year.

  • New sheriff holds training session for staff on second day

    “I don’t want to waste any time,” Chris Smith said on Tuesday, one day after he took over as Fayette County’s sheriff.
    Smith, who took the oath of office on Monday, about a month after winning the sheriff’s post without opposition, hit the ground running by holding a day-long training session for all employees in the sheriff’s office.
    During the Tuesday session, Smith talked to employees about “the plans I have and the things that we’ve got coming,” he said.

  • Sworn Into Office

    Associate Judge Marc Kelly, second from left, issued the oath of office on Monday to those county officials who were elected at the November general election.

    Above, from left, are: Glenn Gurtner, Fayette County Board, District 6; Kelly; Sheriff Chris Smith; County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder; Jake Harris, county board, District 1; Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz; and Treasurer Rose Hoover.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jesse D. Horn, 19, 315 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Dec. 1 for failure to appear in court on a charge of burglary. Bond was $3,000.
    • Paula K. Smith, 34, 302 E. Fifth St., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 1 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,000.
    • Gage M. Johnson, 20, 206 E. Fifth St., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 1 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $10,000.
    • Christopher W. Cox, 18, 507 W. Orchard St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 1 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 4

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, Dec. 5

  • Lady Vandals finish tourney with a win

    LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Tournament ended on a positive note for the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team.
    The Lady Vandals knocked off Mt. Olive, 60-52, on Saturday  to finish off the 16th Annual Niehaus-McDonald's Thanksgiving Tournament with a solid victory.
    Vandalia improved to 3-2 on the season overall with the hard-fought win.

  • Tough Competition

    CANTON — Vandalia's first appearance at the Canton Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament ended in disappointment.
    The Vandals went 0-3 at the 40th edition of the annual event at Canton's Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium.
    Vandalia's boys had their chances in two of the three games, as the team suffered close losses to Delavan and Canton.
    The Vandals suffered a 58-48 loss to Delavan on Friday night before dropping two games on Saturday, falling to the hosts and Peoria Manual.

    Opener vs. Delavan

  • Cougars knock off Vandals in opener

    FARINA — The Vandalia Vandals nearly overcame a 15-point deficit.
    But in the end, fired-up South Central made all the plays down the stretch in a 67-61 victory over Vandalia last Tuesday night in the 2014-15 season-opener for both teams.
    For the Cougars, it was a great way to start the 2014-15 season.

  • SEB boys drop opener vs. North Clay, beat South Central

    ST. ELMO — The third quarter was the difference as North Clay defeated St. Elmo/Brownstown, 37-34, last Tuesday night in the boys basketball season-opener.