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Today's News

  • Nikki Stine gets to witness Obama's inauguration in person

    As millions of people the world over watched on television, Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th and first African-American president of the United States.

    Literally countless others attended the event in person in Washington, D.C. The volume of people was such that a photograph taken from space indicated the masses of humanity.

    Vandalia Community High School senior Brittany “Nikki” Stine, was among those huge crowds on the mall braving the very cold day of January 20, 2009, an experience she will always treasure.

  • Main Street's 'Nite at the Races' is Feb. 7

    The Vandalia Main Street Program will hold its fifth annual "Nite at the Races" on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club.

    A social hour at 6 p.m. is followed by eight consecutive horse races, with the first getting under way at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Prizes will be awarded for best-decorated tables, best-dressed jockey and ladies with fancy hats. The evening concludes with a live auction.

    For tickets, contact the Main Street office, 283-8751.

  • Closed campus improves stats

    When the Vandalia School Board last February voted to close the Vandalia Community High School campus, it was with the hope that keeping students on school property during the lunch period would enhance the overall learning atmosphere.

    But they couldn’t have imagined that the results would be so dramatic.

  • Company D roll included 20 county men

    In last week’s column, we were introduced to Dr. James A. Black, born near Salem, and the keeper of a diary during his three years with Company D of the 49th Illinois Infantry.

    It wasn’t so much the good doctor who caused my interest in Company D, it was the fact that author Benita Moore of Galesburg informed me that 20 men from Vandalia were assigned to this company.

  • Vandalia Shootout on Saturday

    The prep basketball season tends to get a lot like a trip to McDonald's once the conference slate begins - just the same old, same old.

    That said, one might liken the Third Annual WKRV/Hosick Motors Vandalia Shootout as the hoops equivalent to a trip to the Golden Corral buffet.

    For roughly nine hours Saturday at VCHS, basketball fans will get the opportunity to enjoy something different - and there will be plenty of variety.

  • Agendas set for St. Elmo-Brownstown consolidation hearings

    The St. Elmo and Brownstown school district officials have set the agendas for the public hearings being held this week on the proposed consolidation.

    The first hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria, and the second will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the St. Elmo Junior-Senior High School cafeteria.

    The agenda for both meetings is as follows:

    1) Roll Call.

    2) Opening statements by Dean Buzzard, co-chairman of the Committee of Ten formed for the consolidation.

  • Lady Vandals defend Sandoval Tournament title

    It's been proven time and time again that defense wins championships.

    Saturday night was no exception, as the Lady Vandals hoisted the Sandoval Tournament championship plaque for the second straight season, thanks in large part to another overwhelmed adversary's inability to score.

  • Wrestling team gets big win over Murphysboro

    Emotion can carry a team a long way. On Saturday, it carried the Vandalia wrestling team to perhaps its biggest victory of the year.

    Pumped up by a big home crowd and the presence of a highly regarded visiting team, the Vandals (17-2) finished off a quadrangular sweep in thrilling fashion, as Anthony Coney's pin in the 130-pound match clinched a 37-36 victory over state-ranked Murphysboro.

  • Comets hold off Vandals down the stretch

    January 16 was a date the Vandalia boys basketball team had circled on the calendar for weeks.

    Now, Feb. 6 is a day that cannot come soon enough.

    That's the date the IHSA will release postseason pairings. And you can rest assured, the Vandals are practically salavating at the possibility that another shot at archrival Greenville could await them when the Pana Regional pairings are revealed in a couple weeks.

  • Hobbie leads McKendree to ninth-straight win

     To most people, it was simply the day after Thanksgiving.

    To McKendree University men's basketball fans, it is the last time they lost a basketball game.

    On Nov. 29, the Bearcats started a winning streak, which, with a win over Columbia College on Jan. 20, has been extended to nine games.