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Today's News

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 11)

    SOUTH CENTRAL

    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.

  • Mulvaney gets 30 years in prison

    A Farina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes.
    At the end of March, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm sentenced Ryan E. Mulvaney on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
    Mulvaney was found guilty of those four counts, each a Class 2 felony, in a two-day jury trial that was completed on Nov. 17 of last year.
    Schwarm ordered that two 12-year sentences and one six-year sentence were to be served consecutively, and that a third 12-year sentence was to be served concurrently.

  • PHOTO: Banal makes college choice

    Ramsey senior Peyton Banal on Monday signed a letter of intent to play softball for St. Charles (Mo.) Community College.

  • Vandals can't find big hit in loss to Altamont

    VANDALIA – The Vandals had several base runners, but never could find a big hit to drive them home on Tuesday in a loss to Altamont.

    Six runners were left in scoring position and 11 total runners were stranded as the Indians used a late push to take a 10-1 victory at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    “We had the bases loaded a couple of times, and we just have to come up big in those situations,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “I am confident we will get there with these guys.”

  • Vandals 1-1, Bombers 0-2 at round-robin

    VANDALIA – Hits were hard to find for the Vandals and Bombers in the first game of Saturday’s round-robin in Vandalia, and one run was enough for Vandalia to secure the win.

    Both teams had three hits in the game, but a first-inning RBI infield single by Michael Wells was enough to give the Vandals the 1-0 victory

    “I thought that we could have put the ball in play some more, but I am happy we came away with a win,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt.