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Today's News

  • Open house Thursday for cancer center at FCH

    Where can you find answers about cancer, even when the resources seem out of reach? The American Cancer Society recognizes the need for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to have access to up-to-date information on cancer and is providing that information and support through its local Patient Resource Center at Fayette County Hospital. A grand opening celebration open house will be held Thursday, July 31, from 1 3 p.m. Area residents are invited to stop by, enjoy refreshments and learn about the variety of help available to cancer patients and their families.

  • Freight wins first game at state tourney

    Guaranteed Air Freight advanced in the winner's bracket of the state fastpitch softball tournament in Altamont on Saturday.

    Nick Casey slammed two home runs as the Freight slammed Radom 16-0 in a five-inning contest.

    Brad Sturdy got the win for the Freight, who now play at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Vandalia man gets 16 years for sex crimes

    A Vandalia man convicted in May on three charges alleging sex with a minor was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday.

    A Fayette County jury found Jonathan L. Matthews, 20, guilty on May 29 of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before returning the three guilty verdicts.

    The felony charges filed by Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel in February alleged that the sex offenses occurred between April 1 and Dec. 27 of last year.

  • Freight take John Heather Memorial title again

    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight softball team saw its quest for perfection evaporate in the blistering sun Sunday in the final game of the John Heather Tournament.

    But despite watching a 7-3 seventh-inning lead slip away in an eventual 9-8 extra-inning loss to Lee's Sports Falcons, the Freight can thank dominating play in their prior three games for a second-straight tournament title.

  • 'Red Ninjas' still alive in district tournament

    It was a debacle in every sense of the word.

    Despite 16 strikeouts by Jared Winters, the Post 95 Senior American Legion baseball team fell into the loser's bracket of the 23rd District East Division Tournament Saturday, as seven errors led to a 7-5 loss to Newton.

    Not many teams would be able to bounce back from such a discouraging defeat.

    But not many teams have dubbed themselves "The Red Ninjas."

  • How we respond to Orgill loss can determine our future

    A week after receiving the news, its still hard to swallow the fact that our community was a runner-up in the race for a new Orgill distribution center. Making the news doubly hard to accept was that it means the loss of the current Orgill facility in Vandalia.

    Obviously, that news hits no one harder than the 140 or so employees of the Vandalia facility who know that they will have to find a new job and one that pays as well within a year.

  • Flour milling once a thriving business

    Again this week, we turn to the historical archives found in back issues of The Vandalia Union newspaper. For this weeks column, we are visiting the week of Oct. 13, 1927.

    In that issue, an article titled, "Flour Milling in Fayette County" was published in the paper. Special attention was given to the St. Elmo Milling Co., once the most thriving of its kind in this part of the country.

  • Vandalia officials' pay increases voted down

    With the mayor and one of the aldermen speaking out against pay increases for their positions, the Vandalia City Council narrowly voted down salary hikes for all city officials whose posts are up for election next spring.

    The council voted 4-3 on Monday night to reject 3 1/2-percent pay raises in each of the next four years for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and the four aldermanic seats on the ballot in the municipal election next spring.

  • Mattoon man arrested for armed robbery of St. Peter bank

    A Mattoon man who allegedly robbed the bank in St. Peter at gunpoint on Tuesday was in Fayette County Jail on Wednesday awaiting the filing of formal charges.

    W. Kelly Campbell, 39, of Mattoon, is in jail on pending charges of armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly surrendered to authorities without incident shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a man obtained an undisclosed amount of money at First State Bank of St. Peter after presenting a gun to a bank employee.

  • Vandalia plans to continue agressive recruitment efforts after Orgill picks Sikeston

    Within a week of learning that Vandalia will be losing one of its major employers, city officials voiced optimism about moving forward by continuing to aggressively market Vandalia to industrial and commercial prospects.

    Orgill announced last Wednesday afternoon that it had chosen Sikeston, Mo., over Vandalia as the home for a new distribution center. That center will replace the ones currently being operated in Vandalia and Memphis, Tenn.