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Today's News

  • Amish settlement flourished then failed

    The Amish presence in Fayette County began in 1893, when three men from the Arthur settlement David K. Beiler, Noah S. Beachy and Moses J. Yoder visited the county searching for affordable land.

    They liked what they saw in central Sefton Township, and in November 1893, each bought a farm.

    These three families were the vanguard for the 30-plus families who would move to this area from Amish-Mennonite settlements in Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa and Oregon.

  • Sprucing Up the Downtown
  • Residents helping Douglas tell Brownstown's history

    Brownstown Schools librarian Aubrey Douglas has had a goal since college to establish archives of history, genealogy facts and photographs for a community.

    I am interested in genealogy myself, Douglas said. And before I retired, I wanted to set up a local history collection for Brownstown.

    She is making progress with this goal in the Brownstown High School Library, with the assistance of Brownstown native Joann Strobel and other interested people in the Brownstown-Sefton area.

  • Farmers badly need warm, dry weather

    One thing that Fayette County farmers dont have to worry about at this point is soil moisture. In fact, its the only thing working in the farmers' favor.

    Precipitation this spring is continuing to prevent most of the countys farmers from getting this years corn and soybeans crop into the ground, according to Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel.

    I have seen some (corn) being planted, but I dont see any emerging, Marshel said.

    Were still at a very minimal amount of corn being planted, he said.

  • Big cuts coming if governor doesn't release Extension monies

    Because it has a little surplus built up, the Fayette and Clay counties unit of University of Illinois Extension believes it can make it through to the end of the current fiscal year without much of a problem.

    But beyond that, the local Extension unit and all other units in the state is looking at some substantial cuts if Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues withholding funds that have already been appropriated for Extension.

  • Baseball/Softball Postseason Pairings Released

    BASEBALL

    Hillsboro Class 2A Regional

    At Hillsboro Sports Complex

    Industrial Park Dr.

    Hillsboro, IL

    All games at regional site unless otherwise indicated.

    Tuesday, May 13

    Game 1 - (8) Carlinville at (6) Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 14

    Game 2 - (1) Piasa (Southwestern) vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday, May 15

    Game 3 - (3) Hillsboro vs. (5) Vandalia, 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, May 17

    Game 4 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 24

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, April 25

    eoe" SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) will hold its annual "Take Back the Night" event at 6:30 p.m. at the Bond County Courthouse.

    Saturday, April 26

    eoe" First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia will hold a Save Our Children Peanut Day drive at the church, 1009 W. Gallatin St. The proceeds go toward children's ministries.

  • VCHS grad Smith saves best for last at Blackburn

    During his coaching career, Blackburn College Coach Kirk Chandler has seen a few players that can hit from anywhere on the floor.

    Vandalia grad Ryan Smith happens to be one of them. With good size, both in height (6-foot-5) and weight (215 pounds), Smith could more than hold his own on the inside. He also had the tools to hit from beyond the arc.

  • Lady Vandals lose fourth straight

    The VCHS softball team had its best offensive showing of the spring Monday at Litchfield.

    Unfortunately, the host Purple Panthers did as well.

    After being shut out over the first three innings, Litchfield exploded during the second half of the game, putting up crooked numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings in a 13-7 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Vandals.

  • Litchfield stuns Vandals in extra innings

    Baseball, quite simply, can be the most baffling of the "big three" team sports.

    It can also be the cruelest.

    Flush with confidence and five days removed from its first win over Greenville in as many years, the Vandals looked almost certain to extend their winning streak to four games late in Monday's contest against visiting Litchfield.

    A scintillating four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth had staked the Vandals to a 4-1 lead - a margin that seemed safe, considering ace Dallas Gray was buckling knees and hurling a four-hitter.