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Today's News

  • UPDATE-'Portrait of a Solider' on display at KC

    A riveting memorial for Illinois' fallen soldiers reached Vandalia on Monday. At the request of Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition is at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The memorial exhibition, which has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 35 cities and towns throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept.11, 2001.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 11

    4 Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    4 A meeting to gather input from the public on the future of the Liberty Theater building will be held at 6 p.m. at the Easterday Building, 529 W. Gallatin St. Topics to be discussed include possible funding options available and public sentiment.

    Friday, September 12

  • Vandals offense heats up in win

    Scoring isn't everything.

    But - as evidenced by the smile on Brett Ambuehl's face following the Vandalia soccer team's 4-2 victory over Centralia Lutheran Tuesday - it sure is a lot of fun.

    "It feels awesome," said Ambuehl after the Vandals ended a long scoring drought dating back to last season, "We haven't scored in a long time."

    Ambuehl put two of Vandalia's goals in the back of the net, booking the latter on a sweet header set up by teammate Lucas McDowell on an inbounds pass from the corner.

    "Lucas set that one up perfect," Ambuehl said.

  • Wimberly strikes out 15 in Patoka win

    The Patoka baseball team has been hitting like a collection of super men early in the fall season, averaging 10 runs per game.

    But soft-tossers have proven to be Kryptonite to the Warriors, and Monday's home game against Noble was no exception.

    "We just don't hit soft pitching," said senior Cody Wimberly after his team came up with just seven safeties and one earned run off Noble's diminutive southpaw starter. "We just can't stay back."

  • Life's a Drag for Vandalia Youth

    Brandy Protz can vividly remember her first time behind the wheel.

    "I was scared," Protz admits, "but right after, I wanted to do it again."

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grader's experience wasn't at all that unusual -until you consider she was only 9 - and that she was driving a 1993 Spitzer Chassie at Coles County Dragway in Charleston.

    Protz first got the urge to do so when she was just 6.

  • Dothager to play softball at McKendree

    All Lyndsey Dothager really wanted to do was go out with a bang.

    She wound up making a dream come true.

    The recent Mulberry Grove grad was having the week of her life at the recent North American Fastpitch Association 18-and-under National Tournament.

    But after going unsigned despite a breakthrough senior season at MGHS, Dothager figured she might well be playing her last organized softball game when her summer traveling team, the Mulberry Grove Jaguars, took the field in an elimination game in the national tournament in St. Louis.

  • Bushue throws 1-hitter, strikes out 17

    The South Central baseball team has sent a clear message to its Midland Trail Conference foes early in the fall season - the road to the MTC title still goes through Kinmundy.

    And, as an up-and-coming Louisville-North Clay team found out Tuesday night, that road is a particularly treacherous one when Tanner Bushue is on the mound.

    Playing under the lights at Lions Field, Bushue came up with a prime-time performance in a game with huge conference championship implications, hurling a one-hitter and fanning 17 in a 7-0 Cougars win.

  • Lady Cougars top Lady Vandals for 3rd

    In volleyball, communication is everything.

    And on Saturday, good communication proved to be the difference for South Central in its 25-21, 25-23 third-place victory over Vandalia at the Altamont Tournament.

    "I was real proud of the girls' passing," South Central coach Mary Brimberry said. "That was probably the best we've passed the ball in two seasons."

    Vandalia, on the other hand, struggled in that department all match long, and, subsequently, could never get in a rythm in a disappointing tournament finale.

  • Vandals rout Roxana

    The only thing more overwhelming than the stench emanating from the oil refineries surrounding Charles Raich Stadium Friday night was the high-octane performance delivered by the visiting Vandalia football team in a dominating 48-0 victory over Roxana.

    Make no mistake - the smell of burning fossil fuels does not bother the Vandals.

    For the second time in as many weeks, VCHS overwhelmed its opponent in every facet of the game, leaving head coach John Stout in a mental state coaches rarely find themselves in - almost 100 percent content.

  • House, Senate must reverse misguided cuts

    After a couple of weeks of feeling the sting of the public’s frustration, members of the Illinois House of Representatives this week have an opportunity to correct the misguided budget cuts mandated by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    As they gather in Springfield, state House members must come up with an alternative budget plan that makes more sense than the random cuts the governor required of state agency heads in late August. Then, they must convince their counterparts in the state Senate to follow suit.