Today's News

  • Vandalia comes back from down 10 at half to win, 40-38

    Last Friday night, the Vandalia boys basketball team opened up its season at home with an nail-bitter of a game. The edge-of-your-seat action came down to the final second and pair of free throws by Will Cowger to clinch Vandalia’s 40-38 win over East Alton-Wood River.

  • Lady Cougars roll to 6-0

    The South Central girls basketball team picked up its sixth win of the season to move to 6-0 on Monday night, and became the only remaining undefeated team in Fayette County.

    South Central downed Sandoval, 53-38, on Monday thanks to double-digit performances by Audrey Matheny and Macie Cain. Matheny had 17 points and nine rebounds and Cain had 16 points.

    The Lady Cougars outscored their opponent 15-6 in  the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead into the half. The onslaught would continue into the third, as Sandoval was outscored 22-4.

  • Lady Vandals drop fourth straight

    After winning the first game of the season, the Lady Vandals basketball team has now lost four straight.

    Monday night, Vandalia lost to Greenville, 62-45. The Lady Vandals were once again led by freshman Amber Bruno, who had 20 points in the loss.

    Vandalia is back in action on Thursday, as it plays host to Hillsboro, with the junior varsity playing at 6 p.m. and varsity following.

    Piasa 59

    Vandalia 20

  • City grants Motown 7-month extension

    Two months after the deadline passed for Motown Technology to provide proof of financing for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, the Vandalia City Council gave the group seven more months to provide that proof.

    The council approved that extension in a 6-1 vote after hearing that Motown has received a letter of intent for the financing of that project.

  • Bombers beat Sandoval again

    For the second time in a little more than a week, Brownstown  picked up a dominating win over Sandoval. On Tuesday night, the Bombers hit 24 free throws enroute to a 72-46 win.

    The Bombers went to the free-throw line 41 times on the night, shooting 59 percent.

    "We need some work on it (free-throw shooting)," Brownstown coach Terry Pruemer said. "We've done a lot of other things and not concentrated on foul shots. To our credit, we got to the line quite a bit."

  • City spending cuts laid out

    A Vandalia City Council committee last week supported revisions to this fiscal year’s budget, and agreed to pass on to the full council a recommendation for a second water rate increase in three months.

    However, the council ­– after meeting in closed session for about an hour – ­voted not to endorse a suggestion for furlough days for city employees.

  • FCH Board puts operator on notice

    After hearing a plea for financial relief from the chairman of the board of the company that operates the hospital, the Fayette County Hospital District Board on Monday agreed to return to that company more than $74,000 each month for five months.

    That $74,000 represents the amount that the operator, Heartland Health System Inc., is obligated to pay the district board each month under its operating agreement. Under the conditions agreed to on Monday, Heartland will use that money to help pay for the non-reimbursed charity care it provides to FCH patients.

  • Motown scheduled to visit on Monday

    The future of a proposed $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia should be known by the beginning of next week.

    Representatives of Michigan-based Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. are scheduled to be at Monday’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council to ask for more time to provide proof of financing for the proposed project.

  • John Sefton takes Honor Flight trip

    When it was learned that World War II veteran John C. Sefton was honored as a participant of the Central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington D.C., on Oct. 14, a request was made to him for a report of the event.

    John modestly, but graciously, agreed to meet in his home in Sefton, which is just across the road from where he was born 85 years ago. John grew up in a two-story house that no longer stands.

  • Don't ride Motown horse too long

    Vandalia’s city administrator last Tuesday night rolled out a number of budget cuts that he was proposing in light of shrinking surpluses and decreasing revenues.

    With that in mind, we hope that the city council takes a long, hard look at the request for an extension being requested for the proposed $300-million sports and entertainment complex.