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Today's News

  • SEB's Lewis Brown named EIC MVP

    St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Lewis Brown was named the most valuable player as the Egyptian-Illini Conference released its 2017-18 all-conference boys basketball teams.
    Joining Brown on the EIC first team was teammate Isaac Maxey; Courtlyn Latham, Alex Franklin and Joey Linnabary of Mulberry Grove; and Dylan Webster of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.
    Named to the second team were Hayden Seaton and Kolten Adermann of Ramsey; Andy Goldsborough of St. Elmo/Brownstown; Colton Hill of Patoka; and Keegan Martin of CHBC.

  • Vandals Boys Basketball Awards
  • Vandalia top Altamont for first win

    Freshman Morgan Lidy struck out 13 Altamont hitters and allowed just one run on six hits as the Lady Vandals picked up their first win of the season last Friday.

  • Bernard Gilkey featured guest for chamber's Cardinals Dinner

    Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Bernard Gilkey is the featured guest at this year’s Cardinals Baseball Dinner, sponsored by the Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
    The event is Saturday, April 14, at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. A ballpark menu dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a Q & A with Gilkey at 7 p.m. Fans may get free autographs after the program.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jamie L. Eubank, 31, Decatur, was arrested on March 20 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Matthew W. Warner, 52, 1628 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 18 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $6,000.
    • Jamie A. Durham, 39, 100 S. Poplar St., Farina, was arrested on March 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $250 cash.
    • Norlena D. Horn, 45, 315 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 16 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $200 cash.

  • Cross pleads guilty to bank fraud in federal court

    Alfred L. Cross, 75, of Kinmundy, originally from Mattoon, pleaded guilty last Friday to five counts of bank fraud, according to Donald S. Boyce, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
    The indictment charged Cross with defrauding seven southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.
    Each of the bank fraud counts carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The court can also order Cross to pay restitution to the victim banks.

  • We Apologize

    In last week's pre-election coverage, we inadvertently had the political affilations for the county treasurer candidates, Republican Michelle Hagy and Democrat Lucas Watson, switched.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Comprehensive Plan Meeting
  • Local fire protection district talks begin

    City officials are expected to decide in the near future whether the process of putting before Vandalia area voters a fire protection district vote will be initiated.

  • Team Cody

    A Vandalia Community High School who has been battling a rare form of cancer since late last year is not alone in his fight.