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Today's News

  • FNB is one of the oldest banks in Illinois

    As we continue our walk on Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia, we are visiting the older, established businesses and services that have persevered through the years, some through wars, the Great Depression, and many strides forth, even in day-to-day living.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The 15th annual Fayette County Relay for Life is being held this weekend in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    The event gets under way when the grounds open at 4:30 p.m. Cancer survivor registration begins and “Rick Stanberry and the Family of One” will be performing at that time.
    The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
    • 5-8 p.m. – Kids’ Zone, featuring games, face-painting and balloon animals.

  • Fayette Water about ready to start next phase

    The Fayette Water Co. is getting close to starting an extension project that will provide water to people living northwest of Vandalia.
    That means that the deadline for people in that area to sign up for water service is nearing. One such chance to signup will come during a meeting in about 2 1/2 weeks.
    The latest Fayette Water project will provide water for residents of the Vandalia Lake area, as well as residents of Sharon and Shafter townships.
    It will install 10 miles of water lines northwest of Vandalia to serve those residents.

  • Austin takes 6th at state in 110-meter hurdles

    CHARLESTON – A school record and a spot on the medal stand made Vandalia senior Quenten Austin’s final high school track meet a memorable one.

    Austin broke the school record in the 110-meter hurdles (0:15.38) during last Thursday’s state preliminaries, and he went on to match his time to finish sixth in Saturday’s finals to receive his first state medal in three tries.

    Taking his place on the medal stand, Austin said, was everything he imagined and more.

  • Making school history: Mulberry Grove softball team wins school's first sectional title in any sport, but falls at super-sectional

    CARBONDALE – Two days after making school history, the Mulberry Grove softball team was shut out for the first time on the season at Monday’s Carbondale Super-Sectional, falling 14-0 to a very talented Goreville squad.

    The Lady Aces (23-5) came into the game aware that the Lady Blackcats had a lineup full of disciplined hitters and a tough pitcher, but Goreville was simply overwhelming.

  • Post 95 victorious in season-opener

    Derek Harmeier showed his signature control from the mound and Post 95’s offense scattered 13 hits to secure a 4-1 win in Tuesday’s Sr. Legion season-opener.

    Harmeier, a 2011 South Central graduate who pitches for Kaskaskia College, threw seven innings against Carlyle, striking out six, while walking three and allowing just five hits. Three times he stranded two runners on base.

  • New dance studio opening Thursday

    A Vandalia woman will hold a grand opening and registration day for a new dance studio in town on Thursday.

    Kelly Emerick, who has been involved with dancing for more than a decade, will open the doors to the Vandalia Performing Arts Center on Thursday at 11 a.m., and the center’s summer schedule will run Mondays-Saturdays from June 4-July 28.

  • Bushue leads Cougars to semifinal win

    EFFINGHAM – Senior Colby Bushue made sure that if South Central was going to lose in the sectional semifinals last Wednesday, it wasn’t going to be because he didn’t give his best effort.

    After allowing hits to the first two Windsor batters to spot the Blue Devils an early 1-0 lead, Bushue struck out the next five batters, started a two-run rally with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and then drove home two more runs with a single in the second inning as the Cougars cruised to an 11-2 victory.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia baseball awards

    Vandalia High School baseball coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards during the team's awards banquet last Friday night.

  • Mahon has allowed no earned runs in five innings with Gateway Grizzlies

    St. Elmo High School graduate Logan Mahon has pitched well in three appearances out of the bullpen for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.

    The Grizzlies are based in Sauget.

    Mahon pitched two innings against Joliet during an 8-4 win on May 20. He allowed two hits and a walk.

    Two days later, he struck out two batters in one inning of work during a 1-0 loss at Washington.

    He also walked one batter.

    Last Thursday, Mahon took the loss after pitching one inning of a 4-3 loss to Washington.