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Today's News

  • Bombers hold off Mt. Olive in season opener

    Brownstown boys basketball coach Adam Bussard preached patience – oftentimes at the top of his lungs – during the final four minutes of the Bombers’ season-opening game against Mt. Olive Monday at the Mulberry Grove Thanksgiving Tournament.

    And the second-year head coach proved he practices what he preaches when assessing a 40-34 Brownstown victory after the game.

  • St. Elmo grad earns all-conference honors

    St. Elmo grad Maribel Guerrero was one of the big reasons Kaskaskia College’s volleyball team approached the .500 mark this year.

    That fact was recognized by the Great Rivers Athletic Conference in mid-November. Guerrero, who is a 5-foot-5 sophomore defensive specialist, was named to the GRAC’s first team. She finished her sophomore year with 394 digs and 16 service aces. As a freshman, Guerrero finished with 96 digs and one service ace, bringing her two-year career total to 490 digs and 17 aces.

  • County Board OKs loan to health department, but not before a lengthy discussion

    The Fayette County Health Department moved its staff from the basement of the Fayette County Courthouse and a building on North Fifth Street in Vandalia into a former residence 21 years ago.

    Renovations were made to the home at 509 W. Edwards St. in order to prepare the building for the staff, and a number of subsequent renovations followed.

  • Retirement is another chapter in McConkey's life

    Paul McConkey operated the Victory Lane Service Station and Convenience Store in Brownstown for 16 1/2 years, something he began in 1992, because he saw a need in the community.

    And it proved to be something he enjoyed over the years.

    However, Sept. 30 was his last day in the business, as he handed the keys over to a new owner.

    “I don’t think of it as retiring,” McConkey said, “It was a chapter in my life, and now I’m just going on to another chapter.”

  • Statehouse must not be closed

    Several months ago, when Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced his plans to save money by closing several state parks and historic sites, we felt certain that the move was a political ploy to gain leverage for other projects he wanted to advance.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is this Friday

    Vandalia Main Street Program Activities

    • 5:30 p.m. – Lamplighter, accompanied by carolers, lights the storefronts on Gallatin Street.

    • 6 p.m. – Lighting of community Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets.

    • 6:30 p.m. – Children's story time at Evans Public Library.

    • Other activities between 5 and 8 p.m. – Strolling carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, free horse-drawn carriage rides, chainsaw-carved ice sculptures, photos with Santa and silent action play of the nativity.

    Also Downtown

  • York gets 25 years in prison

    A rural Ramsey man who was convicted last month of killing his unborn child will serve more than 20 years in prison.

    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm approved on Monday a sentencing agreement that includes a 20-year prison term for Michael York.

    Also part of the sentence is a five-year prison term for a conviction on a charge of aggravated battery.

    At the conclusion of a two-day trial in October, a Fayette County jury deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery.

  • County board OKs loan to FCHD for new building after long discussion

    After a lengthy discussion during which some members spoke out against the Fayette County Health Department's choice for a new home, the Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a $400,000 loan for the renovation of that facility.

    The board was asked to approve a loan which would be used to make renovations to the building in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

    The board approved the loan in a 13-3 vote, with Dan Barenfanger, Jeff Beckman and Dean Bernhardt casting dissenting votes.

  • Clark picks up mayoral petition; Black considering run for city council

    A former member and chairman of the Fayette County Board is considering a run for a seat on the Vandalia City Council, and a former Vandalia businessman is considering a run for mayor.

    According to information from City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Dean Black has picked up candidacy papers for a Ward II seat on the council.

    The Ward II seat had been occupied by Barbie Elliott until her resignation this past summer.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 13

    4 The Fayette County Farm Bureau will host stroke and vascular screening from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 21 Mattes Ave., Vandalia. Tests will be offered for strokes; abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease and osteoporosis. The cost is $40 for one test, $100 for three tests and $120 for all four tests. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 877-732-8258.