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Today's News

  • St. Elmo falls in semis

    ST. ELMO – Already trailing by six runs when a botched defensive play allowed St. Anthony’s runners to advance in the bottom of the sixth, it looked as if the St. Elmo Eagles were on the verge of putting themselves too far behind.
    But a quick throw to home saved the Eagles from digging themselves a deeper hole in the semifinals of the Illinois Elementary School Association’s regional junior high softball tournament Monday night.

  • The College Report: Bell finds success in first ever cross country race at UI

    One might be surprised to find that Drew Bell ran his first- ever cross country meet about two weeks ago.
    The University of Illinois freshman, a Vandalia grad, has run many track races in his career, but during his prep days, he competed in football during the fall months.
    But, on Sept. 4, Bell became the third member of his immediate family to compete in NCAA Division I cross country. He finished 23rd in the University of Illinois hosted Illini Challenge, which was held at the Illinois Arboretum. Bell finished the 6,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 6 seconds.

  • Vandals improving in each soccer game

    The Vandalia High School soccer team has done no better than a draw this season, but the young team has still taken strides in the right direction.
    Coach Walt Kinney said the team has shown improvement in each game, and while the collective results appear to read otherwise, Kinney said his team could be in line for a win very soon.
    “Definitely,” Kinney said. “We have a game Thursday against Centralia, who we tied a week ago.

  • Improving Vandals tennis squad drops pair

    Though the season is still young, Vandalia tennis coach Kevin Schroeder believes his team has already surpassed its level of play from last season.
    “I think we’re already better than last year,” Schroeder said. “At the beginning of the season, I was thinking if we won three matches, that would be pretty good.
    “Now, I think we could win four, five, six matches.”

  • Vandal netters down Greenville

    Losing against rival Greenville could have been devastating for the Vandalia volleyball team’s confidence.
    And after dropping the first set 25-19 on Tuesday night, a loss seemed to be lurking.
    “I don’t think we were prepared,” coach Allison Brown said. “We were overcranked as far as excitement goes.”
    Several Vandalia blocks and tips from that set were not hit with control, leading to easy Greenville points. But the Vandal squad recognized those miscues and made sure to not repeat them the rest of the night.

  • Vandals start strong but lose to Roxana

    ROXANA – The Vandalia football team started off fast against Roxana last Friday, but costly turnovers and missed tackles allowed the Shells to rally from an early deficit to top the Vandals, 32-14.
    The Vandals (1-2) needed just 13 seconds to open the scoring, as junior Bryan Hosick raced 82 yards down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff.

  • Rummaging through the Downtown

    Despite the threat of rain, the rummage sale held on Saturday by the Vandalia Downtown Merchants Co-op drew good crowds to Gallatin Street. In the first photo, some of the shoppers look through goods offered at stands in the 500 block of West Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Jake and Kristen Bowling look do some shopping at the booth operated by Meg Marquardt (shown) and Jeni Boyd. Because last week's weather forecast may have caused some potential shoppers to stay home on Saturday, the new merchants group will sponsor a downtown rummage sale again this Saturday.

  • OUR PLACE seeing success in its new home

    First impression from outside  – Young people of various sizes and ages happily entering the door of a downtown building in which several young people seem to be laughing and having fun, with several adults present.
    Impression on entering – The room is well-illuminated, cheerful, colorful, clean and lively with young people playing assorted games, talking, stirring up cookie dough. Some are interacting with several adults, who obviously are enjoying the children enjoying just being children.
    What, Where, Who, When and How?

  • Bar owner challenging city smoking law

    A Vandalia bar owner who has been ticketed three times for allegedly violating a city ordinance by allowing smoking in her business is challenging the constitutionality of that ordinance as she seeks dismissal of the tickets.
    According to court records, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason issued tickets to Lisa Doyle, who owns the Redwood Inn with her husband, Albert, for alleged violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21. Those tickets were recently replaced with new tickets issued to G&T Holdings Inc.

  • County still struggling with state fund shortfalls

    The chairman of the Fayette County Board conceded to county department heads on Tuesday that he is beginning to sound like a broken record.
    But, Steve Knebel said, that’s because he wants the department heads to fully understand the county’s financial situation.
    Knebel told the department heads present for Tuesday’s board meeting, “Please, please, I’m begging you, look over (your budgets) and make cuts.