Today's News

  • Sports Briefs

    Sports Boosters 5K on Oct. 25

    The Vandals Sports Boosters will hold their inaugural Spooktacular 5K run and fun run/walk next Saturday.
    Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Rogier Park pavilion at the top of the Lincoln Loop Walking Path, and the run and fun run/walk begin at 9 a.m.
    The entry fee is $20, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes for the event. A costume contest for participants and pets will be held after the 5K.
    The entry fee includes a T-shirt and bottled water.

  • SEB Seniors Honored

    Five St. Elmo/Brownstown senior volleyball players were honored prior to their final home match on Friday night.

    From left are Jenna Miller, Katie Kroll, Elizabeth Guerrero, Kayla Summann and Erica Behl.


  • Blythe wins second straight SCC singles title

    Hannah Blythe handily defeated Greenville’s Abbey Gaffner on Saturday to win her second consecutive South Central Conference singles title.
    Blythe extended her season record to a perfect 19-0 in defeating Gaffner at the conference meet, held in Greenville. Both Blythe and Gaffner earned all-conference honors.
    Blythe defeated Gaffner, 6-2, 6-1, in winning the singles competition.
    Blythe advanced to the finals by defeating Haley Milazzo of Roxana, 6-3, 6-1, and blanking Emily Henderson, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals.

  • Vandals win on another late TD

    For the second week in a row, the Vandals used the arm of Collin Nestleroad and the legs of Marcus Zimmerman for a last-minute, game-winning score.
    But, this time was different, according to their coach, because another part of that formula was his quarterback’s vision of the defense.
    “Give all the credit to Collin,” coach John Stout said. “He was the one who saw that the coverage had rolled over (to the other side).”

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Justin L. Virden, 40, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 13 on a charge of production of cannabis plants. No bond information was listed.
    • Melissa C. Stevens, 36, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Oct. 14 on a charge of production of cannabis plants. No bond information was listed.
    • Louis J. Warren, 44, 356 W. Cumberland Road, Brownstown, was arrested on Oct. 13 on a charge of criminal damage to property more than $300. No bond information was listed.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it's the three-story Fehren mansion.


  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
    Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
    Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man shown with country music star Mickey Gilley is now married and has three children, and is a teacher.

  • Tribute thanks vets for their service

    This past Sunday afternoon, as I was heading to my car after attending the Armed Forces Tribute held in Sonnemann and Greer parks, I walked past two ladies in conversation with a veteran.
    It was then I heard one of the women say, “Thank you for your service,” and these words have stayed in my head.

  • Again, beware of all types of scams

    How many times have we heard the statement, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"? Yet, there are many scam artists out there who continue to have success, despite warnings from law enforcement officials.
    The latest of those warnings came from Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray on Tuesday, who warned residents of a telephone scam.
    Through that scam, the caller tells the person that he or she has won a prize. That caller then asks the person to either provide personal information or to send money to cover taxes or for some other expense.