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Today's News

  • Vandals Stymy Staunton

    It simply wasn't shaping up to be Cory Bunker's night.

    First, the Vandalia sophomore sustained a brutal hit while fielding a first-quarter punt Friday, fumbling the ball away as a result.

    He then saw a big third-quarter punt return to the Staunton 1-yard line called back to the Vandalia 46 due to a clipping penalty on the Vandals.

    So when Bunker went airborne to challenge Bulldogs defensive back Taylor Wright for a fourth-quarter bomb to the end zone by VCHS quarterback Drew Bell, it seemed almost inevitable that Wright would come away with an interception.

  • Baldridge throws no-hitter, Patoka wins EIC Tournament

    Drew Baldridge was so caught up in helping his team do something it hadn't done since 1999 that he failed to realize he'd done something few ever do.

    "I didn't realize it until coach told me that I threw a no-hitter," said the senior moments after leading the Patoka baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Brownstown Friday in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    "I was just so happy that we won the game that I didn't even think about it," Baldridge said.

  • Vandals clinch program-record 3rd straight playoff berth

    It took the Vandalia football program 59 years to get to where it finds itself following Friday's 20-15 win over Pana - in the playoffs for a third straight season.

    So it should come to no surprise that the final step in a journey spanning six decades was not an easy one.

    Pana frustrated the Vandals offensively, holding VCHS to a season-low 181 yards of total offense while forcing three lost fumbles.

    And the Panthers used a pair of fluky big plays to stay in the ballgame, despite a dominating effort by the Vandalia defense.

  • Lady Vandals win 14th straight, match program wins record

    There was a time not so long ago that it seemed the Vandalia volleyball team would be hard-pressed to achieve its preseason goal of breaking the program's single-season wins record.

    Now, it appears nothing can stop the Lady Vandals from obliterating it.

    Vandalia won its 14th in a row Tuesday night - matching the program record of 22 victories in the process - by cooling off another hot team on its "Senior Night" with a 25-14, 25-18 over Fayette County rival St. Elmo.

    The Lady Vandals are now just one win away from setting a new program standard with 23 victories.

  • S.C. grad Garrett now playing in Dominican

    While minor league teams in America are finished, South Central grad Shawn Garrett is still playing baseball in the Dominican Republic.

  • Perfect ending gives VYO 8th-graders another perfect season

    It was a perfect ending to another perfect season by the Vandalia Youth Organization eighth-grade football team.

    Aaron Harter's leaping grab in the right corner of the end zone as time expired Saturday gave the Junior Vandals a 14-8 victory on their biggest rival's home field, closing out a memorable run in unforgettable fashion.

  • Herker, Lindsey miss state tourney cut

    VCHS golfers Jared Herker and Wes Lindsey overcame adverse conditions last week at Oak Terrace Golf Course, advancing out of the Pana Regional despite having to play 18 holes in a steady downpour.

    But the Vandal duo could not overcome unfamiliar conditions Monday at Arrow Head Heights Golf Course in Quincy - yes, Quincy - as they came up short of qualifying for the state tournament after tough rounds in the Camp Point Central Sectional.

  • Candidate sign damage is a crime

    In this space last week, we talked about how vandalism always seems to increase this time of year, with many of those acts being inappropriate pranks. But it’s not just Halloween that we’re talking about here.

    We’ve gotten reports within the past week of campaign signs being damaged or stolen.

  • Airplane crash in 1951 remembered

    On the morning of Aug. 27, 1951, folks in Vandalia were shaken up when sounds of a small airplane in distress filled the morning sky.

    Witnesses told The Vandalia Leader that the airplane was observed making three or more spirals through the clouds, and next they observed its rapid angular descent with throttle wide open, virtually skimming treetops.

    The four-passenger Bonanza Beechcraft airplane made a nose-dive into Carl Boggs’ car, which was parked along Sixth Street near the Old Capitol Monument Works, where he was employed at the time.

  • County settles with insurance trust

    After two years of haggling, Fayette County is on the verge of breaking its ties to a group that formerly provided health insurance for this and other nearby counties.

    The Fayette County Board voted on Tuesday to give board Chairman Steve Knebel the authority to sign an agreement for a settlement with the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust.

    The county’s approval of that settlement will not become final until after the Coles County Board, one of three counties that initiated litigation against ICIT, takes action on the settlement proposal.