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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael L. Rupert, 20, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on Aug. 5 for failure to appear in court on a charge of residential burglary. Bond was $7,500.
    • Andrew L. Norman, 35, Salem, was arrested on Aug. 5 on charges of retail theft more than $500 and criminal trespassing. No bond information was listed.
    • Crystal A. Steinkamp, 23, 226 S. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 4 on an alleged probation violation in a Bond County case and on a warrant for a petition to revoke her probation in a forgery case. Bond was $8,000.

  • Women keep Lucky 13 Club going strong

    Picture this – A group of women in the early 1900s gathering together in one another’s homes, wearing long, cotton, serviceable dresses, with their hair probably in buns or braids wrapped around their heads.

  • Getting Signed Up

    The 2013-14 school year gets under way in many districts at the end of next week.

    This week, parents were busy registering their children for the new school year. In the first photo, parents sit at a table in the Vandalia Junior High School gym on Tuesday morning to complete forms. In the second photo, in a photo provided by Brownstown teacher Sandra Stine, Brownstown Elementary School Principal Angela Reeter reads to Sierra Lyles as her mother registers her for preschool last Thursday at BES. More registration photos are on page 6A of this issue.

  • Solid Waste ordinance hearing, county board meeting to be held at Vandalia Junior High School

    Fayette County residents will have the opportunity next Tuesday evening to learn more about, and voice opinions on, the county’s proposed solid waste ordinance.
    Later that evening, the board may act on that proposed ordinance.
    A public hearing on the proposed solid waste ordinance will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the Vandalia Junior High School gymnasium.

  • Local man finding success in quest to run 13 marathons

    In most circumstances, it’s much easier to run 338 miles over a calendar year as opposed to 2,012.

    Just don’t tell that to Rick Myers.

    The Vandalia resident achieved his goal of running 2,012 miles during 2012 with four days to spare, but when he started to talk to people about his goal for 2013, the distance became much shorter, but the task became a lot more challenging.

    Talking at church with Pastor Dan Rush and his friend Matt Roberts, an idea was floated, and Myers said he was just crazy enough to give it a try.

  • More gold for Josie

    Josie Earnest’s collection of international medals has gotten even larger.

    Representing Team USA at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, Earnest teamed with Brittani Hamilton to dominate the field in women’s doubles last Wednesday.

    The two former Vanderbilt University teammates shot a 1,256 and a 1,246, respectively, to take the gold medal by 113 pins. The duo only trailed after the first game of the six games.

    Earnest’s 257 in game five was the highest game among women and the third best score among men and women.

  • Scouts get OK for meditation garden

    The Vandalia City Council agreed on Monday to let a local Girl Scout troop complete a community service project at the Old State Burial Ground and Vandalia’s Little Community Garden.

  • Registration open for fall youth sports at Family YMCA

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Fayette County’s fall soccer and flag football programs.

    The deadline to register for the flag football league is Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. Late registration through 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 is available for an extra $20.

    Registration cost for kids in grades 2-4 is $35 for YMCA members and $70 for non-members.

    All kids will receive a T-shirt that will serve as their uniform, and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to be worn by all participants.

  • PHOTO: Butts signs with SIC

    Tyler Butts, a South Central High School graduate has signed his letter of intent to shoot archery for Southeastern Illinois College.

  • VYO football returns on Saturday

    Jr. football returns to town on Saturday.

    The first of five home games for the Vandalia Youth Organization football teams will be for fifth-eighth-graders on Saturday, when the teams host Southwestern.

    The fifth-grade game will begin at 11 a.m., and that is followed by sixth-graders at 12:30 p.m., seventh-graders at 2 p.m. and eighth-graders at 4 p.m.

    The full schedule for Vandalia follows: