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Today's News

  • Wait's dream became a reality

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.

    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois from Terre Haute to St. Louis linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.

    He actively lobbied members of the legislature, and got some positive support. But when it came to a vote, the charter was given not to Waits project the Mississippi & Atlantic Railroad but instead to backers of the Alton & Terre Haute Railroad.

  • No word on when, or if, schools will receive monies from the state

    In spite of showing a $2.1 million positive balance at the end of April, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the finances of the Vandalia School District. That uncertainty springs from persistent rumors that the state will not be paying the state aid payments for the final month of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    For Vandalia, that would amount to more than $500,000.

  • Graduation Day

    Five area school districts – Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo, Ramsey and Mulberry Grove – held commencement exercises over the weekend. Vandalia Community High School graduate Mitch Johnson switches the tassel on his mortarboard as he and other members of the class of 2008 officially become graduates on Saturday night. Patoka High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m. this Friday, and South Central High School will graduate its seniors at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

  • Residents help Legion create veterans' museum

    Old soldiers never die, they just fade away were the words of a famous American war leader and hero as he was retiring from active duty.

    Sadly, somehow the memories of the terrible sacrifices our service men and women have made in previous wars have faded, as we fail to teach and remind the young people of the devastating price of war, and of the respect and gratitude due to the American veterans.

  • City hikes Vandalia Lake camping fees

    To keep its fees in line with other sites in the area, the city of Vandalia has increased its camping rates at Vandalia Lake.

    Approving the hikes recommended by the Vandalia Lake Committee, the city council voted in increase the nightly rate for camping spaces with electrical hookups from $12 to $15.

    The ordinance amendment also increases the nightly rate for sites without electrical hookups from $7 to $10, and the 20-night block from $220 to $260.

  • State Champs!

    For VCHS juniors Kayla Houston, Kris Stunkel, Paige Dodson and Ashley Durbin, 4x400=state championship.

    The Lady Vandal fouresome shocked the field in the 1,600-meter relay Saturday at the IHSA Girls State Meet, claiming the first VCHS girls state title in school history by shattering the school record for the second day in a row with a blistering first-place time of 4:03.47.

  • VJHS 7th-grade boys win sectional; eight headed to state

    Coming off a perfect 7-0 regular season, the VJHS seventh-grade boys track and field team somehow found a way to outdo itself Saturday at the Effingham Sectional.

    By virtue of a strong late push in the final four events of the day, the Junior Vandals stormed from fourth place in a pack of 13 teams all the way to the top of the standings - taking the first sectional title by a Junior Vandals team in coach Kevin Schroeder's 28 years at the helm in the process.

  • VCHS softball falls in postseason opener

    The setting for the Vandalia softball team's postseason opener was much like the final three weeks of the regular season.

    Unexpected... and unpleasantly so.

    The Lady Vandals were originally slated to host Shelbyville and celebrate Senior Day Monday afternoon.

    Instead, wet field conditions - similar to those that wiped out VCHS' final two home games, pushing Senior Day back in the process - greeted the Lady Vandals again, forcing their Effingham-St. Anthony Regional quarterfinal game to be played at Shelbyville.

  • Matthews to play football at Eureka College

    Despite growing up in a town where wrestling and basketball are king, VCHS senior Devan Matthews's focus has always been football.

    "As a little kid growing up, everything revolved around football," Matthews said. "That's all I wanted to do. I didn't want to play any other sports."

    It's an obsession that began in grade school, when Matthews first started watching his older brother, Chris, play for the Vandals.

    The opportunity to don a helmet and pads finally presented itself during Matthews' fifth-grade year, when he first suited up for the VYO program.

  • Five Lady Vandals headed to state

    Longtime VCHS girls track and field coach Mike Travelstead is beyond elated at the moment.

    In fact, it might be safe to say Travelstead is five times happier than he's ever been this time of year during his previous 18 seasons as the Lady Vandals' mentor.

    "I'm about ready to burst inside," said Travelstead, who saw five VCHS student-athletes qualify for this weekend's state meet in five events at Friday's Robinson Sectional. "I've never had more than one (advance)."

    For the past two seasons, that one person has been Lady Vandals junior Kayla Houston.