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Today's News

  • Bushue strikes out 19 in no-hitter, Cougars win MTC again

    A near-perfect outing by senior phenom Tanner Bushue helped the South Central baseball team finish a flawless run through the Midland Trail Conference regular-season slate Friday, as the Cougars wrapped up their 10th-straight MTC title with an 11-0 victory at Noble.

    Bushue's amazing fall continued, as he hurled his first career no-hitter, coming within one strikeout of tying his own school record of 20 Ks.

    Bushue also came within a hit batsman in the first inning of throwing a perfect game, as he allowed no runs on no hits and no walks.

  • Lady Eagles place 4th at state

    For the first time in the school district's history, state tournament hardware will be on display in Mulberry Grove's trophy case.

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team guaranteed that in surprisingly easy fashion Friday, rolling to an 8-0 victory over Springfield Christ the King in its IESA Class A State Tournament opener at Champions Field in Normal.

    The only question that remained after the win was how big of a trophy the Lady Eagles would bring home.

  • Lady Vandals atop SCC-East

    The Vandalia volleyball team took a major step toward a South Central Conference East Division title Thursday night, beating eight-time defending champion Pana on the Lady Panthers' home floor, 25-16, 16-25, 25-17.

    "Pana was a huge win - huge," said Lady Vandals coach Allison Smith of the team's first victory over the Panthers since 2004. "We came out and just played phenomenal."

    The Lady Vandals picked up a similar victory earlier in the season against another team that's had its number of late, topping archrival Greenville at home.

  • Vandals bounce back, beat 'Toppers

    It was obvious to anyone in attendance Friday night at Mark Greer Field that the Vandalia football team was vulnerable.

    All one had to do was look at the Vandals' sideline, where two-way standout Mitch Whightsil was relegated for the entire game against Hillsboro due to a lingering leg injury suffered in Week 4's heartbreaking loss to Greenville.

    What was not so obvious was exactly how vulnerable the Vandals were.

  • Earnest takes four gold medals, one silver in international competition

    The final tally: four golds and a silver.

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest, who will begin another college bowling season at Vanderbilt University in approximately one month, earned four gold medals at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships as a member of Junior Team USA. She also grabbed a silver at the competition, which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador.

    The most important - and last - gold was the one awarded for the overall highest pin count. Earnest's total pin count for the five-day tournament was 5,138.

  • Early church services long and colorful

    Lately, the book that has sat on my bedside table for nightly reading has been the "1882 History of Bond and Montgomery County, Illinois." W. H. Perrin was the editor, and he gathered together an excellent array of writers for this book.

    Perrin’s writers traveled about both counties and interviewed old settlers, thereby preserving the earliest memories of when the white men first settled in this territory.

  • School district still in black with new budget

    The Vandalia Community Unit School District Board of Education on Tuesday passed a $13.3 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

    That budget shows the district to be operating in the black, with an anticipated end-of-the-year balance of $2.67 million.

    If achieved, that balance would be about $200,000 over the balance at the end of the 2007-08 fiscal year.

    “It’s a good, solid budget,” Superintendent Rich Well said after the meeting.

  • Meth maker gets 16 years in prison

    Two months after his wife accepted a lengthy prison term for being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a rural Beecher City man was also given a double-digit sentence.

    Charles E. Grifftith, 48, was given a 16-year sentence by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm at the conclusion of a hearing last Thursday.

    Griffith was sentenced to prison two months after a Fayette County jury found him guilty of participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Women's study group meets on Wednesdays

    Pathways Counseling of Vandalia is offering a women's study group based on the book, "Healing for Damaged Emotions," which is held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, through Nov. 5.

  • Two killed in Saturday wreck

    Two people died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident south of Vandalia on Saturday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, the accident resulted in the deaths of Roger D. Johnson, 62, of Taylorville, and Betty G. Bowker, 72, of Edinburgh, Ind.

    Johnson was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, and Bowker was a backseat passenger in the vehicle driven by Kimberly M. Streeval, 44, also of Edinburgh.