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Today's News

  • Pair of small-school athletes make state

    Two local athletes have qualified for the Illinois High School Association Class A state track meet after placing at the Newton Sectional on Friday.

    St. Elmo junior Molly Hill became a three-time state qualifier in the discus throw, after advancing with a sectional-winning throw of 101 feet, 6 inches.

    She placed seventh in the state last season, with 116 feet, 2 inches. The top seed for state this season is 135 feet, 2 inches.

    The first of four flights of discus throws begins at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Lady Vandals get first regional win since '07, but fall to Carlyle in semis

    CARLYLE – After picking up their first regional tournament win since 2007 on Monday, the Lady Vandals were unable to get past the semifinals.

    Carlyle and starter Paige Rakers were too much for the Lady Vandals to handle, as Rakers used mixed speeds to strike out 14 batters and allow just one hit in a 5-0 win for Carlyle.

    “She did a nice job, and I think our girls were a little intimidated, especially after that first changeup,” Buscher said. “It was a rough day at the plate for us.”

  • Vandals fall short in 12-inning regional battle

    CARLINVILLE – A day after returning to Carlinville to resume a regional quarterfinal game in the 12th inning, the Vandals got right to work.

    Unfortunately for them, Carlinville was just as ready to play.

    Junior Carson Smith doubled and scored on an error in the top of the 12th inning, but a Vandalia error in the bottom of the inning allowed the winning run to score in a 6-5 loss.

  • Seven Jr. Vandals qualify for state meet

    Seven Jr. Vandals qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state track meet, with six girls and one boy placing at last Saturday's sectional.

    The meet will be held this  Friday and Saturday at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria.

    Eighth-grader Curtis Gordon qualified in two events, tying his school record of 12 feet in the pole vault to place first at the Pana Sectional, and finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles.

  • Ruffner makes state for 3rd time

    Vandalia senior Sierah Ruffner will be making her third trip to the state track meet on Thursday, and will be looking to make the event finals for the first time in her career.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to meet the automatic state-qualifying standard in the high jump and place third at last Thursday’s sectional meet in Carlinville.

    But unlike in her freshman and junior seasons, Ruffner is hoping that she will clear 5 feet, 2 inches at the state preliminaries to qualify for Saturday’s state finals.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This determined-looking young man, pictured about 70  years ago, grew up in Fayette County and attained a position in which he influenced others as a leader of a large organization.

  • Discovery of sidewalk vaults causes stir

    There was a buzz of excitement in downtown Vandalia a couple of weeks ago when workers engaged on the streetscape project in the 100 block of South Fourth Street broke through the sidewalk slab in front of the Copper Penny into what appeared to be a tunnel.

  • Congratulations to graduates

    During the next few days, the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” will drift out of gymnasiums throughout the area.
    Graduates will don robes and turn tassels. Speakers will affirm and exhort. And parents will offer sighs of relief and shed tears of joy.
    It’s graduation time in Fayette County. It’s a time of endings and beginnings. It’s a time when students are making plans for their futures – whether that be in college, the military or the working world.

  • Area graduations are this weekend

    Commencement exercises will be held this weekend at all seven area high schools.
    The schedule is as follows:
    Friday
    • Patoka High School-7 p.m.
    Saturday
    • Mulberry Grove High School-1 p.m.
    • South Central High School-7 p.m.
    •Vandalia Community High School-7 p.m.
    • St. Elmo High School-7 p.m.
    Sunday
    • Ramsey High School-3 p.m.
    • Brownstown High School-3 p.m.

  • Improvements in Patoka

    Makaylee Splechter and other members of Patoka Brownie Troop 8855 were busy doing landscaping at the building that will soon host the community's food pantry, Contagious Faith Ministry.