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Today's News

  • Agendas set for St. Elmo-Brownstown consolidation hearings

    The St. Elmo and Brownstown school district officials have set the agendas for the public hearings being held this week on the proposed consolidation.

    The first hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria, and the second will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the St. Elmo Junior-Senior High School cafeteria.

    The agenda for both meetings is as follows:

    1) Roll Call.

    2) Opening statements by Dean Buzzard, co-chairman of the Committee of Ten formed for the consolidation.

  • Lady Vandals defend Sandoval Tournament title

    It's been proven time and time again that defense wins championships.

    Saturday night was no exception, as the Lady Vandals hoisted the Sandoval Tournament championship plaque for the second straight season, thanks in large part to another overwhelmed adversary's inability to score.

  • Wrestling team gets big win over Murphysboro

    Emotion can carry a team a long way. On Saturday, it carried the Vandalia wrestling team to perhaps its biggest victory of the year.

    Pumped up by a big home crowd and the presence of a highly regarded visiting team, the Vandals (17-2) finished off a quadrangular sweep in thrilling fashion, as Anthony Coney's pin in the 130-pound match clinched a 37-36 victory over state-ranked Murphysboro.

  • Comets hold off Vandals down the stretch

    January 16 was a date the Vandalia boys basketball team had circled on the calendar for weeks.

    Now, Feb. 6 is a day that cannot come soon enough.

    That's the date the IHSA will release postseason pairings. And you can rest assured, the Vandals are practically salavating at the possibility that another shot at archrival Greenville could await them when the Pana Regional pairings are revealed in a couple weeks.

  • Hobbie leads McKendree to ninth-straight win

     To most people, it was simply the day after Thanksgiving.

    To McKendree University men's basketball fans, it is the last time they lost a basketball game.

    On Nov. 29, the Bearcats started a winning streak, which, with a win over Columbia College on Jan. 20, has been extended to nine games.

  • City approves bid for streetscape work

    Two weeks after approving a bid for infrastructure improvements in the downtown business district, the Vandalia City Council has OK’d a bid for above-ground enhancements.

    The council voted 5-2 on Monday to accept the bid of Hanks Excavating & Landscaping Inc. of Belleville for streetscape work along Gallatin Street that will include new sidewalks, period lighting and the relocation of utility lines underground.

  • VCHS truancies, disciplinary cases drop dramatically

    After a full semester of operating Vandalia Community High School with a closed noon hour, administrators are crediting that change for a dramatic decline in absenteeism and other disciplinary problems.

    Citing numerous comparisons between this fall’s statistics and those from a year ago, Brian Kern, assistant principal at the school, told the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday that the results were “surprising.”

    In the case of truancy or skipping school, his term was “unbelievable.”

  • St. Elmo man found guilty of sex offenses

    A St. Elmo man will be sentenced on three major sex offenses next month.

    Derek M. Klincar, 22, was found guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    The jury deliberated just 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts on the afternoon of Jan. 6. His sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

  • Vandalia already has two candidates for mayor

    Rick Gottman will have at least one challenger as he seeks a third term as Vandalia's mayor.

    Gottman and John David Wehrle Jr. have filed nominating petitions for the April 7 mayoral race, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Neil Clark has also taken out a petition, but he had not filed that petition as of Wednesday morning.

    Petitions for municipal and school boards may be filed through the end of the day Monday.

  • Pryor committed to helping others afflicted with Parkinson's

    “Parkinson's is a long, lonely road … for the afflicted and for the caregivers. It’s just as bad as Alzheimer’s. At least with Alzheimer’s, they are still moving. With Parkinson’s, everything shuts down, and it’s a long, lonely road.”

    These are the words of Charlene “Pokie” Pryor, as she described the disease that began to claim her lifestyle when she had two grand mal seizures in 1996.