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Today's News

  • Commencement Story Time
  • Injured in the line of duty

    One of the basic things that police officers learn during training, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith said, “is that there is no such as a routine traffic stop.”

  • Garrison honored

    Two years after she was part of a leadership team of educators urging state legislators to pass a budget, Vandalia’s superintendent has been honored for that work.

  • Farina man indicted in federal court on 'bath salts' charge

    A Farina man is one of three individuals indicted on federal “bath salts” charges.
    Brandon L. Hewkin, 28, was indicted along with Toby L. Depoister, 32, of Edgewood, and Crystal L. Behrens, 33, of Alma, on a count of distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as “bath salts.”

  • Cemetery Work Day
  • Vandalia Swimming Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool opens for the season this Friday, weather permitting.
    The season will end on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
    Pool business hours are: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. (private parties are on Saturday evenings); and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.
    For the pool to be open on questionable weather days and/or nights, there must be at least 10 people present before 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions and by 6:30 p.m. for evening sessions.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jason L. Bolyard, 43, 313 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 21 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $15,000, and he was released at the order of a judge.
    • James W. Berner, 37, 811 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on May 20 on charges of methamphetamine possession, drug paraphernalia possession and criminal trespass. Bond was $30,000.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 25

    ✔ The Vandalia Swimming Pool opens for the season at 5 p.m. More information is elsewhere in today's issue.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ South Central High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m.

    Sunday, May 27

  • Fayette County Speedway

    MAY 12
    POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Wildcard Sprint League – 20 cars
    Hinchman Racewear Heat 1 – 8 laps
    00-Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA (1)
    6-Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (7)
    5C-Colten Cottle, Kansas, IL (4)
    11-James Lyerla, Hillsboro, IL (5)
    88-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (3)
    16-Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN (2)
    N2-Nic Harris, Atlanta, IL (6)
    Bell Helmets Heat 2 – 8 laps
    24-Landon Simon, Tipp City, OH (7)
    99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (3)
    41-Brad Wyatt, Kearney, MO (4)

  • Cougars, Bombers fall in regional

    The South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo baseball squads saw their seasons come to an end in regional play last week.
    In their regional championship, the Cougars were edged by Odin/Patoka, 6-5, at Lions Park in Kinmundy.
    South Central scored twice in the first inning, but Odin took the lead with a four-run third inning.
    The Cougars scored three runs in the top half of the fourth inning to lead 5-4, then Odin/Patoka closed out the game’s scoring with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.