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Today's News

  • Motown's check returned

    When Kenneth Bardwell brought a large contingent to town on Dec. 7, he pointed out to a large audience at the Vandalia City Council meeting that he had brought with him a reimbursement check for a traffic study the city had performed. Four days later, city officials learned that the check was no good.

    And while the bank stamp indicated that the $17,500 check was returned for insufficient funds, Bardwell’s group and city officials say that it was rejected because it lacked proper authorization.

  • Vandals outlasted by Altamont again

    Playing on the road at Altamont on Tuesday, the Vandalia boys basketball team was trying to avenge a 66-61 overtime loss to the Indians in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    And after playing a back-and-forth game for most of the contest, it came down to a last-second shot for the Vandals. Trailing by three with just seconds remaining in regulation, the Vandals were looking to get the ball to their leading scorer, Marty Johnson.

  • Wrestlers on a roll, taking down two conference foes

    It's been a busy week of highs and lows for the Vandalia wrestling squad. It looks as if the worst is over, as it picked up two big conference wins and had a great showing at the prestigious Princeton Invitational on Saturday.

    Vandalia was carried by the strength of its middle weights on Tuesday night against East Alton Wood River. Trevor Pyle, John Vosholler, Trevor Alstat and Zack Jackson all won their matches over the Oilers, solidifying the 48-27 victory.

    Jacob Whalen (215) and Marcus Mosley (285) also picked up hard-fought wins.

  • Cougars come from behind for win No. 15

    Going into the season, one of the South Central girls basketball team’s goals was a 20-win season. With six regular season games remaining and a record of 15-3, there’s a good chance the Lady Cougars will reach their goal before the regional tournament.

    South Central picked up its 15th victory on Monday night at North Clay, downing the Cardinals 58-48 in a dramatic come-from-behind win.

    Trailing by five entering the final period, South Central knocked down 11 of 14 free-throw attempts, outscoring North Clay 19-4 in the fourth quarter.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Tonight's game cancellations

    Vandalia vs. Carlinville has been canceled.

    Brownstown at Cowden-Herrick has been canceled.

    South Central at Webber has been canceled and moved to Monday, Jan 11.

    Ramsey at Mulberry Grove has been canceled.

    St. Elmo vs. Stew-Stras has been canceled and moved to Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.

     

     

     

  • Firm offers solution for river intake

    A firm specializing in engineering and construction guidance presented on Monday what it believes to be the solution to Vandalia’s river intake problems.

    But some of those on hand for the presentation feel that the city should consider some other, less-costly, options for the troublesome intake.

    The city hired Gonzalez Companies in July, agreeing to pay the firm up to $22,500 to study the raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River, which has been largely unusable since its installation in the spring of 2005 because of sediment deposits.

  • Recycling drive canceled

    Saturday's recycling drive in Vandalia has been canceled due to the weather.

    The Fayette County Recycling Committee will hold its next collection on Saturday, Feb. 12. Drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Flora wins seventh holiday tournament title

    After some upsets on day one and thrilling games throughout the tournament, the final day of the 38th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was far from sensational. The closest game was a 70-61 win by Pana over Altamont, and only two lower seeds beat higher seeds (No. 5 Greenville over No. 3 Wesclin and No. 9 Shelbyville over No. 8 Central A&M).

    The finale and title game Wednesday night was a blowout of No. 2 Stew-Stras at the hands of No. 1 Flora. The Wolves were led by sophomore Paul Knapp, who scored 28 and was named tournament MVP.

  • Vandals end tourney with win against rival South Central

    With both South Central and Vandalia entering the ninth place game at the VHT sitting at 0-4 last Wednesday, only one team would finish the tournament with a win.

    Even with an 0-4 record, Vandalia arguably had the better tournament, losing by an average of only 4.5 points. Meanwhile, the Cougars were losing by an average of 26 points a game. Even so, Wednesday afternoon's game between the two Fayette County rivals was a toss-up for ninth place in the tournament.

  • Lady Cougars place second at Dieterich

    With the boys basketball team struggling, it has been the South Central girls basketball team that has stepped into the spotlight.

    The Lady Cougars suffered only their second loss of the season in the Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament title game against Cowden Herrick-Beecher City (CHBC), 71-56, last Wednesday.