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Today's News

  • Walgreens wants to build store at site of Jay's Restaurant

    A development group interested in bringing a pharmacy and retail chain store to the site of a longtime restaurant in Vandalia took a step toward that goal last week.

    Requests for a parking variance at the corner of Eighth and Gochenour streets was approved last Wednesday by the citys Zoning Board of Adjustments.

    Those requests were filed by Larry Mabry and Mike Wehrle, owners of the properties where Walgreens is working to construct a store.

  • IHPA, Main Street help downtown owners

    The Vandalia Main Street Program and a state architect are continuing their efforts to help owners of downtown buildings who are interested in improving the exteriors of their structures.

    Through its affiliation with Illinois Main Street, Vandalia Main Street brought Illinois Historic Preservation architect Anna Margaret Borntrager to town for a second time a couple of weeks ago.

  • Hobbie, McKendree's outstanding season ends

    One Vandalia Community High School alum just returned from nationals. In a few weeks, another will be there, helping defend a NCAA Division-I national title.

    McKendree University freshman Eric Hobbie, a former Vandalia basketball player, scored 17 points as McKendree vanquished Texas Wesleyan University, 73-71, in the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships, which is being held in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Vandals shut out Eagles in opener

    Often relegated to practicing in a facility designed for basketball due to field conditions designed for a monster-truck rally, the Vandals wisely partook in one of the few baseball-related activities a team can pull off in a gymnasium during preseason practices.

    They threw - a lot.

    "We worked 40-45 minutes after every practice on our pitcher's program," said first-year Vandals head coach Luke Hohlt. "(Assistant coach) Steve Hosick pitched a little minor league ball, and he's been working with our guys."

  • Haxton signs to play softball at SIC

    Cheynne Haxton suffered a misfortune few student-athletes have to deal with during their high school careers - the final game of her junior year turned out to be the last game of her prep career.

    The former VCHS student is being forced to sit out her senior year due to IHSA transfer rules following her move out of the Vandalia School District.

    Fortunately, Haxton will have the fortune of doing something else few high school athletes experience during their careers - she will get the chance to play at the next level.

  • VCHS softball season-opener cancelled

    Due to wet field conditions, today's VCHS softball season opener at South Central has been cancelled.

    The Vandal baseball team's season opener against St. Elmo is still on, however, First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at Vandalia.

  • Former teacher, preacher impacted many

    Last week I mentioned in this column that F. M. Bolt, former editor of the Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis.

    Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.

    It was this file I was looking through for my column about voting in the early days. The name Peter W. Blair kept popping up in F. M.s articles. I knew I had seen that name before.

  • Sunshine Week empowers people

    It happens every time I walk into a voting booth.

    At those times, when Im preparing to do my civic duty, I always wonder if Ive gotten enough information about the candidates. Do I know all I need to know to cast an informed vote? Am I missing important information about the activities and character of the people for whom Im voting?

  • Leader-Union Basketball Coach of the Year: Bussard brings Bombers stability, success

    The news immediately brought a smile to Brownstown sophomore Michael Kramer's face.

    It wasn't necessarily word that BHS coach Adam Bussard had been named The Leader-Union's 2007-08 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, coming off a season in which he led the Bombers to a surprisingly successful 16-10 record.

    It was confirmation that Bussard is committed to bringing the program something else it's been sorely lacking in recent seasons - stability - that made Kramer's day.

  • Leader-Union Basketball Player of the Year: Booher's versatility sets him apart

    It was a sequence that pretty much summed up Colton Booher's career.

    First, the St. Elmo senior came up with a steal and took the ball the length of the court for a two-handed dunk.

    The 6-foot-4 point guard then went airborne once again, this time to vehemently reject an opponent's feeble attempt at a jumper.

    Moments later, Booher grabbed a defensive board and alertly found a teammate downcourt with a baseball pass for an easy transition bucket.

    Final tally: one steal, an assist, a block, a rebound and a field goal.

    All in the span of 90 seconds.