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Today's News

  • Washington and other early schools

    While looking through back issues of The Vandalia Union, I came across an article that rather surprised me. The subject of the article was the demolition of Washington School, which was scheduled to begin April 23, 1940.

  • Hard work paying off

    Vandalia wrestlers Dalton Blankenship and Kendrick Woolsey are perfect examples of the "perseverance and hard work" that coach Jason Clay talks about when he explains the success of this year's grapplers.
    Just a week and a half after sustaining bruised ribs, Blankenship returned to the mat to give his team some very important points.
    Woolsey, facing an opponent who had already beaten him twice this season, provided the sectional-clinching points by edging that opponent in a hotly contested overtime match.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The focus of this photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Steve Jerden, is the former Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the northeast corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    The building currently at that location, the former home of a second Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Bank, now serves as Vandalia City Hall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Vandalia made 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter for a 66-55 win over St. Elmo in the regional finals. It was Vandalia’s first regional victory in five years.
    Randy Heckert of St. Elmo and Brian Kern of Vandalia earned all-state honorable mention status in the AP Class A All-State Poll.
    Dixon Ticonderoga was in the process of closing its Vandalia warehouse, resulting in the loss of about six jobs locally.
    Don Funk was promoted from director of operations to vice president of Benner-Nawman Inc.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This boy is very athletic and gets along great with others, and the girl is a young bride looking forward to having a family.

  • Wrestlers at State
  • Patoka ousts South Central

    Patoka jumped out to an early lead in defeating South Central in regional play on Tuesday night at Odin.
    Jared Cain scored 20 points as four Warriors hit double figures in the regional win.
    Patoka led 9-6 after one quarter and outscored South Center 13-8 in the second to take a 22-14 lead into the locker room.
    The Warriors increased their lead with a 12-10 edge in the third quarter and sealed the win by holding a 27-20 edge in the fourth.
    Patoka – Ja. Cain 20, Belcher 15, S. Cain 10, T. Back 12, Dy. Back 2, Organ 2.

  • Mulberry Grove eliminates St. Elmo/Brownstown

    Mulberry Grove advanced to the second round of the regionals by defeating St. Elmo/Brownstown, 53-47, in an overtime contest on Monday.
    Ty James scored 18 points for the aces, and Austin Redfern added 15 as the Aces advanced to a second-round game against No. 1 seed Odin on Wednesday.
    Mulberry Grove scored seven points in the opening quarter while limiting the Eagles to a basket by Cole Smithson.

  • Senior Vandals Honored

    Vandalia Community High School honored the senior members of the boys basketball team prior to last Thursday's final home contest of the year.

    From left, with their parents, are Collin Nestleroad, Robby Lott, Austin Durbin and Drake Dokey.

  • Joins 1,000 Point Club

    Jered Cain of Patoka scored the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career when the Warriors hosted Sandoval on Feb. 6.