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Today's News

  • Miller's 31 points powers Bombers past Rams

    Brownstown center Josh Miller is the kind of player that will stick to the gameplan no matter what.

    And on most nights, the gameplan calls for the 6-foot-3 senior to rebound, defend and contribute a basket here and there - so long as he adheres to the "two-dribble limit" imposed on him by coach Adam Bussard.

    But the gameplan changed a bit Friday night, wisely calling for a guy nicknamed "Moose" to get as many touches as possible against an undersized Ramsey team featuring just one player over 6 feet tall.

  • Lady Vandals win 10th straight

    Success has not gone to the Lady Vandals' heads.

    In fact, some members of the VCHS girls basketball team may be oblivious to the fact that they are on the verge making history.

    "Some of them probably don't even know what our record is," said Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler, whose team is closing in on the program's all-time victories mark.

    "They just come to play hard every night."

  • Nancy Lee Cook, 63, Ramsey

    Nancy Lee Cook, 63, of Ramsey, died at 9:22 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey, with the Rev. Glenn Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Mound Cemetery, rural Oconee. Visitation will be held an hour before services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

  • Route 51 hearing vital to our future

    One doesnt have to stand along Interstate 70 very long to realize just how much east-west traffic travels through Vandalia on that four-lane highway. Hopefully, the same will be true for north-south traffic in the not-too-distant future.

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing here next Thursday as it progresses with its four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51. We hope that the hearing draws a good crowd of local residents.

  • Jack Ruby spent time in Fayette County

    I can remember this so clearly," Gene Etchason said. "My dad was reclining in his easy chair, while mom was in the kitchen getting dinner ready. We were watching the mid-day news, when, all of a sudden, dad sat up straight and said 'Jack Ruby!'

    "On the television screen was the scene where (Lee Harvey) Oswald was being taken from the Dallas jail when a dark-haired man holding a gun stepped forward.

    Within 15 minutes, there was a banging on the front door. There stood Wilson Hill, and he rushed in the room saying, Ruby! Jack Ruby!

  • Chamber banquet is next Thursday

    Tickets are now on sale for the annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The event will be held next Thursday at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. The meal will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the program.

    During the banquet, the Chamber will present Abe Awards to one chamber member and to one non-chamber member. Addresses by outgoing president Dave Bell and incoming president Doug Knebel are also on the agenda.

  • New elementary school principal chosen

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday promoted two people from within the district to fill the positions of elementary school principal and high school guidance counselor, and added duties to an existing employee's job description to create the position of part-time business manager for the district. All three positions start with the 2008-09 school year.

    Thirteen-year employee Stacy South, who currently serves as a reading specialist at Vandalia Elementary School, was named principal of the school. She will replace Gary Rahe, who is retiring after the current school year.

  • Two given 14-year prison terms

    For the second time within a month, a Fayette County man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a sex crime.

    Edward Cunningham, 30, of Vandalia, was given a 14-year sentence on Tuesday by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm.

    Cunningham was found guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse at a jury trial last November.

  • Grace period for voter registration ends Tuesday

    Last Tuesday was the voter registration deadline for the Feb. 5 primary election. But, anyone who needs to register still has time to do so.

    Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the countys election official, said on Tuesday that a state grace period essentially extends the time allowed for voter registration.

    However, Braun emphasized, those who register or the states grace period which began on Wednesday and runs through next Tuesday must cast their primary election votes in her office. Brauns office is on the first floor of the Fayette County Courthouse.

  • Route 51 hearings are next Thursday

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold three public hearings in January on the continued four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51, with two of those meetings being held in Fayette County.

    IDOT will hold one public meeting from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the multi-purpose room at the Kaskakia College Vandalia Campus, and a second meeting that day from 5:30-8 p.m. at Ramsey High School.

    A third hearing will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Centralia City Council chambers.