Today's News

  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.

  • Cancer fund keeps money local to give aid

    It has been about 2 1/2 years since a group of local residents made the decision to pull away from the American Cancer Society and form their own group to assist people battling cancer. And it appears that their decision was a wise one.
    The Fayette County Cancer Fund was formed in October 2015, with the move made to ensure that donations made by individuals, businesses and organizations were used only to help local cancer patients.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children were born and raised in Vandalia.

  • YMCA holding youth, adult Jiu-Jitsu classes

    Pedigo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    The instructor, Chad Hawkins, has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) under Heath Pedigo.
    He is a seven-time IBJJF world champion, five-time IBJJF Masters Pan American champion, 15-time IBJJF Chicago champion, Abu Dhabi Pro trial champion and Shoyoroll-sponsored athlete.
    Hawkins has competed in more than 300 competition matches and has only lost once in his weight class/age group.

  • St. Elmo/Brownstown softball
  • YMCA holding tennis clinics

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County is offering a youth tennis program designed to provide youth a fun and interactive experience learning the game of tennis.

  • Cougars top WSS, take second at Centralia

    Hunter Brandt went 4-for-4 with four runs batted in to lead South Central to an 8-2 win against Windsor/Stew-Stras on Tuesday at Lions Park in Kinmundy.
    South Central led 1-0 after one inning and tagged on five runs in the fourth inning to seal the win.
    Brandt also got the win for the Cougars, striking out 12 and walking just one in a complete-game performance.

  • Vandals top Shells, lose to SCC champ

    After trailing 4-3 after two innings, Vandalia scored four runs in the next three innings to defeat Roxana, 7-5, in a road game on Tuesday.
    Garett McNary was 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and two runs scored, and Nathan Casey and Caleb Slater each added two hits to the Vandals’ offensive attack.
    Garett Austin got the win, allowing five runs and six hits, striking out four and walking one in six innings of work.
    Matthew Wells struck out three in the final inning to record a save.

  • Steele first in pole vault at SCC meet

    Zane Steele again took first place in the pole vault and Dylan Garrett set a new school record in the 200-meter dash as the Vandalia track teams competed in the South Central Conference meet on Tuesday at Litchfield.

  • BSE tops CHBC, falls to WSS

    Bryton Pruett and Caleb Atwood each went 3-for-5 and Nate Philpot gave up just two hits over five innings as Brownstown/St. Elmo defeated Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 10-4, on Tuesday.