Today's News

  • Hobbie earns conference Player of the Week honor

    McKendree University freshman Eric Hobbie is hot on Matt Laur's trail.

    While Laur, a South Central grad who is currently an assistant coach at Missouri Southern State University, has not been a McKendree basketball player for years. In the last 10 years, no Bearcat player had a more successful freshman season than Laur.

    Until now.

    So far, Hobbie has scored 202 points in his first dozen college games, an average of 16.8 points per game. Laur, who grew 4 inches during his time at McKendree, averaged 17.4 points per game during his freshman season.

  • Vandal wrestlers move to 6-0

    If you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of doubt.

    "I heard they're better than last year," said an opposing coach during the Vandalia wrestling team's season-opener at Belleville West.

    "He's got his work cut out for him," said an Oakwood wrestler Saturday before his teammate's match against the Vandals' Josh Eller. "This guy got fourth at state last year."

    The Vandals' reputation precedes them. And, according to VCHS coach Jason Clay, it can be a huge advantage if taken advantage of properly.

  • Hillsboro holds off Vandals with 3-point barrage

    The Vandalia boys basketball team could not be stopped inside Tuesday night at Hillsboro, as big men Mitch Johnson and Will Cowger combined to score 44 points.

    But, unfortunately, the Hiltoppers couldn't miss from the outside.

    Hillsboro held off the Vandals by connecting on 12 shots from beyond the arc in a 69-59 SCC-East victory.

  • Issues require civil discussion

    The fact that the community of St. Elmo is pretty evenly split on the issue of liquor sales was evidenced by the referendum vote on the issue in April 2005. At that election, liquor sales were returned after an absence of more than 60 years in a 244-240 vote.

    Sadly, such a division on the issue both on the city council and among city residents continues about 20 months later.

  • Fight at party results in shooting, trial

    Hurricane Township, in the northwestern corner of Fayette County, was a hotbed of Southern sympathy during the Civil War.

    There was a great deal of unrest throughout the county because a group of outlaws, numbering in the hundreds, roamed throughout a five-county area, including Bond, Montgomery and Fayette counties, terrorizing the inhabitants, murdering, thieving and burning bridges.

  • Brownstown Library open house is this weekend

    The move of the Brownstown Branch Library to its new and bigger home will be celebrated this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an open house.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the new home of the library, which is now housed in the former bank building next to the village hall. The open house on Friday will run from 2-5 p.m.

    The open house continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Ruby Goldsborough will be a special guest at the Sunday open house.

  • What other towns do with their leaves

    Effingham Burning allowed during daylight hours. City does not offer leaf vacuuming or pickup.

    Greenville Burning allowed on Mondays and Thursdays, and on the first and third weekend of each month, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. The city also offers leaf pickup and vacuuming.

  • Some residents ask Vandalia officials to consider leaf burning ban

    Bret Brosman and Larry Bennett are among the city aldermen who could favor a ban on leaf burning in Vandalia.

    But they could support such a ban only if the city comes up with a suitable option to burning.

    The idea of implementing a ban on leaf burning came up at the Vandalia City Councils regular meeting last Monday night, with Mayor Rick Gottman saying hed had a few people call to voice their opposition to burning.

  • Jayson Porter is St. Elmo's new mayor

    Like his predecessor, St. Elmo's new mayor acknowledges that it has been challenging for St. Elmo officials – and for residents – to handle the reintroduction of liquor sales into the community.

    But Jayson Porter is optimistic that the St. Elmo City Council can handle this and other challenges by working as a team.

  • Man charged with attempted murder

    An Effingham man has been charged with attempted murder – and other felony charges – for allegedly cutting a Shobonier man at a local bar on Friday.

    Michael R. Solan, 34, has been charged by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel with using a razor blade to cut the neck of Nathan Willis at Cages.

    According to Vandalia Police reports, police were called to the bar on South Third Street at 8 p.m. on Friday for a report of a fight. Upon their arrival, police found that Willis had been cut.