Today's News

  • Patoka Insider: Cain's walk sparks rally

    PATOKA – It all started with a walk.

    And while that’s not the most exciting play in baseball, it set the foundation for all sorts of excitement for the Warriors in a 6-3 win against Webber last Thursday.

    With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Cain battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk and start a five-run rally that propelled Patoka to its first victory of the season.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 11)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Wilmington Blue Rocks

    •April 6 – Patton, a South Central graduate, pitched two innings of relief during a 5-0 loss at Myrtle Beach. The Kansas City Royals prospect allowed two hits, including a home run, and one walk, while striking out two.

  • Local man harvests 23-pound turkey

    Vandalia resident Todd McDowell harvested a 23-pound turkey on Monday, the first day of turkey hunting season.

    Hunting near the Kaskaskia River, McDowell got the kill early in the morning.

    In addition to its size, the turkey had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.

    A photo of McDowell and his turkey was lost due to a memory card malfunction.

  • Liberty Shops purchase naming rights to Vandalia's high school softball field

    Both high school fields at Vandalia Community High School have now been given naming rights.

    Liberty Shops has purchased the naming rights to the high school softball field, according to Vandalia Field of Dreams President Tom Lucken.

    Liberty Shops will own the naming rights to the field for the next five years at $3,000 per year.

    Lucken said the committee plans to use the first installment to purchase a new scoreboard for the softball field.

    Vandalia Mutual owns the naming rights on the baseball field.

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 11)


    Though South Central has had mixed results early in the season, the Cougars found a way to pick up a big win on Tuesday.

    Battling Class 2A Greenville at home, South Central got a complete game from senior Dan Diss and three doubles to defeat the Comets, 7-5.

    The Cougars (3-5) scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-1 lead, and held off Greenville, which scored three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to get within a run before South Central added another run in the sixth.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dennis E. Charlesworth, 58, 1419 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 8 on charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt and no valid registration. Bond was $25,000.
    • Jennifer E. Beesley, 32, 1419 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 8 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis. Bond was $15,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 11

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District will meet at 4 p.m. at the Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold its monthly meeting at the Legion Home. A meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Beasley shines in shutout of Route 40 rival

    ST. ELMO – Senior Connor Beasley set the school record for strikeouts, and the Eagles offense took advantage of several Brownstown errors to pick up a win on Monday night.

    Beasley struck out 19 batters in a record-breaking performance that left the Bombers with just two hits and St. Elmo with an 8-0 win in one of the last games between the two schools before they co-op in baseball next season.

  • News Briefs

    Man dies from gunshot wound

    A rural Ramsey man died on Monday from a single gunshot wound, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.
    Bowen pronounced the man, 62-year-old Kenneth Evans, dead at the scene, and said that the gunshot wound was apparently self-inflicted.
    Bowen is continuing to investigate the death.

    Band Boosters accept items for sale

    The Vandalia Band Boosters are asking for items to be donated for a rummage sale it will hold on Saturday, April 20, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Pittsburg man pleads guilty to federal charge

    On April 5, Jason Scott Byrley, 35, of Pittsburg pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Benton to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said that the conspiracy offense occurred between 2008 and Jan. 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin counties.
    Byrley’s offense carries possible penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and at least five years’ supervised release. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.