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Today's News

  • Farm demonstration date changed again

    NOTE: Date of demonstration has been changed to March 19!

    On March 19, area cattle producers have a unique opportunity to see one of the most efficiently-run beef cattle operations in southern Illinois and learn about the benefits of the Illinois Heifer Development Program (IHDP). An IHDP Pre-Breeding Processing Demonstration will be held at the Stan and Lisa Buzzard Farm, Beecher City, Illinois, on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Three local players garner all-NTC honors

    A trio of area boys basketball players were honored recently by being named to the all-National Trail Conference team.

    St. Elmo's Colton Booher was one of five first-team NTC picks, coming off an outstanding all-around senior season in which he averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

    Booher made NTC history in late January, as he became the only player in league history to make the conference tournament team every year of his career.

  • Three Lady Vandals make all-SCC-East team

    Three Vandalia Community High school juniors have been named to the South Central Conference East Division Girls Basketball Team.

    Guard Shelby Cearlock and forward Laura Hobbie were named to the first team, while center Cassie Warner was named to the second team.

    The trio led the Lady Vandals to a school-record 22 victories and a pair of tournament championships last season.

    Hobbie was named to the first team for the second year in a row after leading the Lady Vandals in scoring at just under 12 points per game.

  • Hobbie helps McKendree win 14 of 15

    Home, sweet home.

    The McKendree University Bearcats and freshman Eric Hobbie, a Vandalia grad, fought all season to have home-court advantage throughout the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

    They have it, and now they are hoping that their season does not end on the MPCC hardwood. In the last 15 games, McKendree has won 14 of them. The Bearcats have also won their last five games, which included a 116-57 win over Williams Baptist College in their first round game of the AMC Tournament.

  • Four Jr. Vandals qualify for state

    Four Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club members will be traveling to Rockford this week to compete in the IKWF State Tournament, to be held March 6-8 at the MetroCentre.

    C.J. Runkel, Seth Purcell, Trever Pyle and Levi Ulmer all qualified for the three-day event by coming away with top-three finishes in their respective divisions Saturday at the Vandalia South Sectional.

    The foursome's state-qualifying performances highlighted a strong overall showing by the host team at the VCHS gymnasium.

  • It's time to find solution for intake

    If its not one thing, its another or another or another.

    There have been several reasons why Vandalias new raw water intake hasnt worked properly since the project was started more than four years ago. But, as Alderman Chad Feldpouch pointed out Monday night, the city has gotten very little use out of the intake.

    The citys consulting engineers, HMG Engineers, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have tried a couple of different ways to get the intake working properly, but nothing has worked.

  • A.W. McDonald visited here...and stayed

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about the John A. McClanahan family burying ground, located two miles north of "Twin Churches" in Carson Township.

    Bowling Green, a pioneer village from the 1830s, occupied the site more than 170 years ago, with John A. McClanahan as storekeeper and doctor.

    The McClanahan Family Cemetery is situated on the west side of the road. Almost directly across from it, on the east side of the road, is found the McDonald Family Cemetery.

  • A piece of local history comes back home

    As their 1932 Stutz fire truck the second motor-driven fire truck owned by the city was being restored, members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department began digging up old photos and news stories to learn about the trucks history.

    In some of those photos, VVFD members also saw the citys first motorized fire truck, a 1924 American LaFrance. And they talked of how nice it would be to also have that truck.

    But, based on stories theyd been told, that wasnt a possibility.

  • Winter storms, water line breaks translate to lots of overtime hours

    If you think its been an unusually long and messy winter, put yourself in John Moyers shoes.

    Man, its been a long winter, Moyer, Vandalias director of public works, said on Wednesday morning, as he and his crew were taking a short break after dealing with the latest winter storm.

    This past weekend, I think, was the first weekend that we didnt have something, Moyer said.

    Its not only the snow, he said. Weve had a lot of water line breaks.

    With the latest winter storm, Moyer began sending crews out at 4 a.m. on Tuesday to begin laying down salt.

  • River intake still not working

    Several aldermen agreed on Monday that it might be time for the city of Vandalia to look for someone new in trying to resolve its ongoing problems with the new Kaskaskia River intake.

    But when it came time to take action, none of those agreeing with Aldermen Chad Feldpouch were willing to give their support.

    During committee reports, Alderman Larry Cable, chairman of the councils water and disposal plants committee, said the river intake had been inoperable because of sand being carried into it.