Today's News

  • Semifinals set in St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    ST. ELMO — The championship and consolation semifinals have been set in this season's St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    On Thursday, top-seeded St. Elmo will face No. 4 Beecher City in the championship semifinals at 7:45 p.m., and the winner of game one will face either No. 2 Altamont or No. 6 South Central, which play on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

    The championship game will be on Saturday at 8 p.m.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Victor Edward Thompson
    Tammy Lee Smith
    Daniel Guy Cole
    Tabitha Kay Stanley
    Zachary Earl Longwell
    Clarissa Marie Olmstead

  • Eagles, Beecher City win at St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    The top two seeds which played on Tuesday in the first round of the 53rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament were each victorious.

    No. 1 St. Elmo beat No. 8 Mulberry Grove, 56-32, and No. 4 Beecher City beat No. 5 Brownstown, 67-59.

    The remaining teams played first-round games on Wednesday night, and semifinals will be held on Thursday and Friday nights, with the finals set to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    The championship game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brandon C. Edwards, 19, Granite City, was arrested on Dec. 10 on a warrant for residential burglary. Bond was $25,000.
    • Melody A. Younker, 25, 522 N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 10 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $250 cash.
    • Nathan L. Gaffner, 23, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 9 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $150 cash.

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  • Vandals win first two conference games

    The Vandals started strong and never really slowed down in picking up their second conference win of the season on Tuesday night.

    Scoring 19 points in the first quarter, Vandalia set the tone against South Central Conference rival Hillsboro during a 56-34 victory in the home-opener for the Vandals.

  • Death of L-U staffer leaves void in plant

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  • Lady Vandals get OT win at Neoga

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals picked up an overtime win at Neoga.

    Senior Amber Bruno had 32 points for Vandalia, which outscored Neoga, 11-0, in overtime of a 58-47 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak.

    Junior Morgan Cripe added a season-high 12 points, and junior Megan Godoyo had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 11 points,

    Vandalia (3-5) trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, but held Neoga to just two points in the second period to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

  • Mahon fought in Revolutionary War

    Thomas Mahon did not come to Fayette County until he was quite up in years. At age 76, he cut his ties with old Virginia and settled his family on the Illinois prairie of Wheatland Township.

  • Girls notes: Whightsil becoming a scorer

    Senior Morgan Whightsil is emerging as Vandalia’s much-needed third scorer.

    With 20 points in three games since the calendar changed to December, Whightsil has taken some of the scoring pressure off of senior Amber Bruno and junior Megan Godoyo.

    It all started at Southwestern on Dec. 1, when she had a season-high 10 points to help try to bridge the scoring gap that was left because Megan Godoyo was not playing after controversially being ejected the game before.