Today's News

  • Cumberland, Mulberry Grove winners on first night of St. Elmo Tournament

    The higher seeded teams were winners on the first night of the 59th St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    In the tournament opener, top-seeded Cumberland defeated the No. 8 seed Ramsey, 65-47.
    In the nitecap, No. 4 Mulberry Grove edged No. 5 seed Windsor/Stew-Stras, 45-40.
    The tournament continued on Wednesday night, with No. 2 Vandalia facing Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City at 6:15 p.m. and the host team, No. 3 St. Elmo/Brownstown meeting up with No. 6 Patoka at about 7:45 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Staunton, Litchfield

    The Lady Vandals outscored Litchfield 26-18 in the second half on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lady Panthers’ 17-point first-half edge.

  • Wrestlers pick up six more wins

    Vandalia’s wrestlers have picked up six more wins in the past week, and while he’s pleased with the wins, coach Jason Clay still is focused on what’s ahead.

  • Two arrested on felony heroin charges

    Two individuals were arrested in Fayette County last Wednesday on felony drug charges, including possession of a large amount of heroin.
    Omar E. Lastra, 24, of El Monte, Calif., and Anais Rivera-Olivas, 24, of Los Lunas, N.M, have been charged with controlled substance trafficking, with information alleging that they brought into Illinois 1,150 grams of heroin.
    That charge is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Haben A. Mesfin, 31, Columbus, Ohio, was arrested on Dec. 11 on a charge of driving with a suspended or disqualified commercial driver’s license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Ryan E. Fatheree, 41, 908 N. 870 St., Shobonier, was arrested on Dec. 11 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • William L. Blackwell, 53, 1729 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 10 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond amount was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 13

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Unit 95 Auxiliary will hold their annual Christmas party for members and families at 6 p.m. The men will provide meat and women are providing side dishes and desssert.

    Friday, December 14

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, December 15

  • Cross sent to prison on bank fraud charges

    Alfred L. Cross, 75, of Kinmundy, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on his federal conviction on five counts of bank fraud, Steven D. Weinhoeft, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said on Tuesday.
    The evidence presented in court established that Cross defrauded seven Southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.
    Cross pleaded guilty to the charges in the indictment on March 16. Facts presented at the plea hearing established that Cross opened checking accounts at the following banks: Bradford

  • Statehouse Holiday Event
  • County board retains leaders

    The Fayette County Board welcomed a couple of new faces on Tuesday, but kept the same faces at its leadership positions.

  • The CARING and SHARING still going strong in Fayette County

    Though she stepped down as chairman of Fayette County Caring & Sharing after last year’s distribution, a position she held for 35 years, Marlys Hayner can still be found working day and night on the project.