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Today's News

  • Christmas memories center on families

    The Christmases of my childhood revolved around family.
    We would always visit Grandma Gum, my mother’s mom, on Christmas Day. On Thanksgiving Day, cousins would draw names for a gift exchange to be held at Christmas, and her house would be filled with aunts, uncles and cousins.  
    On Christmas Eve day, we were allowed to open one gift before we left for church.  Generally, it was a package that contained an outfit to wear to the Christmas program that evening. Most times, the outfit was made by mom.

  • Thompson named all-tournament as Patoka finishes sixth at Wayne City

    Senior Zach Thompson was named to the all-tournament team, but the Patoka High School boys basketball team lost to Zeigler-Royalton, 52-39, in the fifth-place game of the Wayne City Holiday Tournament.

    The tournament was pushed back because of inclement weather several times, postponing Patoka's games three times.

    By the time the weather cooperated, Patoka had gone 2-3, with wins against Grayville and Clay City.

  • Hayners typify area volunteers

    After what she had gone through just a few days before, no one would have questioned why Marlys Hayner wasn’t around to help hand out the Caring & Sharing baskets on Saturday, just as she has done for almost three decades.
    Last Tuesday night, Mrs. Hayner escaped serious injury, one that could have resulted in either one or two broken legs. But there she was on Saturday morning, walking around and, as is custom, offering holiday cheer to the recipients of those Christmas baskets.

  • Johnson has double-double in loss

    Ramsey senior Jordan Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome Sandoval in a 71-55 loss.

    The Rams (1-9) led by three at halftime and were tied with Sandoval at 44 after three periods, but they allowed 27 fourth-quarter points, while only scoring 11 themselves.

    Sandoval's Warren Jones scored 31 points in the contest, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Senior Blake Hadley led the Rams in scoring with 17.

  • VHS wrestlers record four pins in defeat of Civic Memorial

    Wednesday, Dec. 15

    vs. Civic Memorial

    Vandalia 54

    Civic Memorial 26

    103 – Keith McDonough (CM) won via forfeit

    112 – Gage Overton (CM) def. Tyler Dagen (V) in a major decision, 9-1

    119 – Tyler Brazier (CM) def. Trevor Alstat (V) by fall at 4:34

    125 – Justin Hill (V) def. Ryan Null (CM) by fall at 1:53

    130 – David Pearce (CM) def. Seth Purcell (V) by fall at 3:31

  • Bombers at .500 after home loss to Altamont

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team evened its record at 5-5 after losing to Altamont, 49-34, on Tuesday.

    The Bombers trailed by two after the first quarter, but in the next two periods, Brownstown was outscored 28-12.

    Altamont was only able to score six points in the fourth quarter, but Brownstown's nine-point effort was not nearly enough to put them back in the game.

    Senior Brooke Maxey was the lone Bomber to score in double-figures, with 12 points. She also had a team-high seven rebounds.

  • South Central girls fall to Woodlawn

    The South Central High School girls basketball team lost a home game to Woodlawn on Saturday, 44-26.

    Canceled on Tuesday and Friday due to inclement weather, the Cougars were playing their first game in 10 days. South Central was rusty from the get-go, scoring just five points in the first quarter.

    The Cougars, however, did not give up, despite a seven-point halftime deficit.

  • Darin, the Red-Nosed Helper

    With his nose matching Rudolph's, due to being out in the cold all morning, Darin Brown enthusiastically loaded bags of food into Christmas baskets during the Fayette County Caring & Sharing distribution on Saturday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center in Vandalia. More than 400 baskets were distributed.

  • Becca Sprague gives sister the 'gift of life'

    This week, in the traditional season of the giving of gifts,  Fayette Faces continues the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts” with  the story of the Sprague sisters and the life-giving gift Becca gave to her sister, Samantha.
    Becca gave Samantha the chance of a better life through the ”unwrapped gift” of a kidney.
    The most precious of gifts are not wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons, but rather in the love, compassion and caring of the giver, the gifts from the heart. Meet Becca and Samantha Sprague.

  • Vandalia School Board OKs new levy

    The Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday approved a tax levy that will generate $3,813,270 in local taxes to operate the district in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
    Add to that another $1,418,896 for bond and interest payments, and the district’s total tax levy for the year will be $5,232,166.