Today's News

  • FAYCO earns re-accreditation

    FAYCO Enterprises, a not-for-profit organization with facilities in Fayette, Montgomery and Bond counties that provides services to individuals with disabilities, was recently awarded a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities extending to June 30, 2014.
    This is the group’s 11th consecutive three-year certification. CARF has established international standards by which organizations such as FAYCO are reviewed.

  • St. Peter Prairie Days is this weekend

    St. Peter will host its 36th annual Prairie Days celebration this Friday and Saturday.
    The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a chicken and walleye dinner at the city park.
    Softball and sand volleyball tournaments begin at 6 p.m., and “Straight Lace,” featuring Danny Patton, will perform at 8 p.m.
    On Saturday, after lunch in the park at 11 a.m., the annual Prairie Days parade through the downtown begins at 1 p.m. The sand volleyball tourney also continues at 1 p.m.

  • Closing arguments in murder trial presented on Tuesday

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel began the first part of his closing arguments in the Clifford Baker murder trial on Tuesday by saying that he got very little sleep the night before, because his cat was making noises.
    “It makes me wonder how the Krajefskas feel when they hear a noise, when that place of security which is their home is violated,” Friedel said.

  • Baker found guilty of murders

    Clifford Baker, the Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple and attacking another neighbor, showed no emotion as Judge Michael McHaney read the first guilty verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Tish, Mahon families speak on verdict

    "We would like to say how great it is that justice was served today. When Clifford Baker killed Deb and Mike he took from us what could never be replaced.
    "Deb and Mike were two of the greatest people anyone could have ever met – they always had a smile, a joke to brighten your day and were always there for anyone who needed them.
    "We would like to thank Fayette County State's Attorney Steve Friedel for a job well done in this case. He did a fantastic job and kept us informed the entire time.

  • Vandalia teachers OK new contract

    A one-year contract that had been approved by Vandalia teachers last Thursday was expected to be OK’d by the Vandalia Board of Education on Wednesday night.
    “I feel that it will be passed by the board,” Todd Ehlers, president of Vandalia Unit Teachers Association, said Tuesday night.
    Though he declined to discuss the specifics of the contract, he did confirm that because of state funding uncertainties, it is only for one year.

  • Engagement

    Denise Fornoff and Eric Telger, both of Collinsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Birth

    Landen Jacob Cook
    Tessa Shafer and Jacob Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was named Landen Jacob.
    Grandparents are Todd and Jana Shafer, Maurice Wilson and Jill Wright, and Kevin and Janet Cook, all of Vandalia.

  • Engagement

    Terri Schwarm and Dustin Blue have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Senior Spotlight: Abby Hickerson

    Playing alongside Callie George in her doubles match against Roxana on Monday, Vandalia senior Abby Hickerson scored two authoritative points.

    Leading 5-0, Hickerson was playing close to the net, and when a Roxana player hit a short floater, Hickerson slammed the ball at a sharp angle to bounce it out of play.

    Later when leading 6-1, Hickerson again had a floater up front, but she blasted it at a lesser angle and it zoomed toward the baseline, skipping ever so slightly just before sneaking out of bounds.