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Today's News

  • Bell places 6th at state; first track medal in 76 years

    For the first time since 1933, a male Vandalia Community High School runner has placed in the Class A State Track and Field Meet. Over the years, several Vandals have placed in field events, and the girls 4 by 400-meter relay team won state titles last year and this year.

  • South Central falls in Super Sectional

    The Cougars' run to state came to a halt Monday night as South Central fell to Marissa High School in the Supersectional in Marion.

    “We always wanted to play in June,” South Central coach Kurt Jones said. “Of course, June is usually the state finals.”

    South Central’s ace, Tanner Bushue, got the call on just two days' rest, and he was not himself.

    Jones did not make his final decision to start Bushue until Monday. His fastball reached 90 only a few times, and his curve ball was not sharp.

     

  • The Freight is back for one last season

    The Freight is back for one final go-round.

    The two-time ASA National Champion Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fastpitch softball team is returning for is its final season.

    Just two seasons removed from its last national championship, in 2007, the Freight will play its final season this summer.

  • W-M seeks liquor license; new lake manager hired

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that Wal-Mart has formally requested a package liquor license.

    The council will discuss that request at its June 15 meeting. By statute, the council sets the number of liquor licenses, and it's up to the mayor, as the city's liquor commissioner whether a license petition is OK'd.

    Also at Monday's meeting, the council approved the hiring of Rob Schukar as the new Vandalia Lake manager. Schukar succeeds Chuck Ruot, who is retiring after 23 years.

  • Bell and Holloway advance to finals at state

    Three Vandalia High School track and field athletes and one St. Elmo High School athlete competed in the preliminary round of the Class A State Meet on Thursday at Charleston, with two advancing to the finals on Saturday.

  • Main Street committee begins downtown makeover

    As construction crews get into the meat of a year-long project to enhance Vandalia’s downtown business district, a group of Vandalia Main Street volunteers has begun its contribution to dressing out the downtown.

    Members of the Main Street’s design committee were among the volunteer painters working on two downtown businesses on Saturday, May 23.

    The committee headed up by Steve Barker kicked off its “Paint the Town” project that day by painting the exteriors of Higgins’ Dry Cleaners and Clymer TV & Appliances.

  • Vandalia Lake manager retires

    Vandalia officials have begun the process of selecting a successor to the man who has managed Vandalia Lake for more than two decades.

    The Vandalia City Council learned at last week’s meeting that Chuck Ruot was stepping down as lake manager after 23 years at that post.

    Ruot submitted his letter of retirement to Mayor Rick Gottman on May 9, stating that he was notifying lake committee Chairman Mike Hobler of his retirement on that day.

  • Shelton wins Voice of Democracy contest

    The Browstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9770 recently announced Kelsey Shelton as the winner of its annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship Award for her winning essay.

    The opportunity to submit an entry is offered to high school seniors. If the winner is going on to college, the amount of the scholarship is $250. If no further schooling is planned, the award is $50.

    A 2009 Brownstown High School graduate, Kelsey has NASCAR among her interests. In fact, she likes NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson to the extent of having his initials on her license plate.

  • Repeat!

    It was, as they say, déjà vu all over again.

    The defending state champion Vandalia Community High School girls 4-by-400-meter relay team was in the runner-up position to Eureka after Thursday’s preliminary heats. Just like last year.

    They drew the same lane assignment in the finals – lane 8, next to the outside. Just like last year.

    And they ran an electrifying race – leading virtually pole to pole in the four-lap race. Just like last year.

  • T-Town blanks Vandals 13-0

    Three days after winning the first game of its regional tournament, Vandalia exited the tourney in the semifinal round against Teutopolis.

    Teutopolis, the No. 1 seed in the region, showed its depth and talent in the 13-0 win.

    “They [Teutopolis] know how to play game,” Coach Luke Hohlt said, “We just have to come out and be ready from the get go, and a few at-bats here and there may have changed the outcome of this game. We had some chances there, could have made the pitcher work a little harder, but that’s a learning experience.”