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Today's News

  • Cearlock signs with Stephens College

    Vandalia Community High School senior Shelby Cearlock signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. Shown, from left, are Stephens head coach, Dane Pavlovich; Cearlock and her parents, Randy and Tracy Cearlock; and VCHS Athletics Director Mike Butler. Cearlock was the member of a VCHS girls squad that set a new single-season wins record, won the South Central Conference East Division for the first time, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and finished with a 28-2 record.

  • Senior softball players honored

    The senior members of the Vandalia Community High School softball team and their parents were recognized prior to the team's final home contest on Monday. Shown here, from left to right, are Ali Meyer and her parents, Dan and Cindy Meyer; Amanda Walton and her parents, Steve and Kay Walton; and Laura Hobbie and her parents, Glen and Debbie Hobbie.

    Photo by Dave Bell

  • Call-in day for pageants is Saturday

    Girls interested in entering pageants at this year's Fayette County Fair need to call in their registration this Saturday.

    The Little Miss Fayette County Fair pageant is open to Fayette County residents who will be 4 years old by July 13 and not over the age of 6 by that date. To enter, call pageant director Kim Fitch, 427-3762 after 9 a.m. on Saturday. The first 20 entries will be accepted.

    The Junior Miss Fayette County Fair pageant is open to girls entering grades 6-8 this fall. To enter, call Fitch after 10 a.m. The first 20 entries will be accepted.

  • Future of boat in St. Elmo up in the air

    Despite of vote of support on Thursday night, the future of The President in St. Elmo is up in the air.

    The St. Elmo City Council voted 4-2 to continue the city's support of the boat project, but the vote came after project developer David Campbell said that he and project investors were ready to move The President to another community.

  • Open house for VCHS state champs is Tuesday

    Vandalia Community High School athletes who have earned individual state championships will be honored at an open house in the high school gymnasium next Tuesday, May 12.

    Those individuals, plus the girls state champion 4x400-meter relay team, recently have had their pictures placed on the west wall of the gymnasium to recognize their achievements.

  • Boys place second at Pana, Breese Mater Dei

    The Vandalia High School boys track team last Thursday finished second in a quadrangular meet at Pana.

    The host Panthers won the meet with a score of 66.5 points, followed by Vandalia with 52, Greenville with 38.5 and Gillespie with 15.

    A new school record of 1:39.2 was set by Vandalia’s 4x200-meter relay team of Andy Koonce, Angel Osorio, Michael Galletto and Mitch Whightsil. The old record was 1:40.7.

    Due to wet conditions, no field events were contested.

  • Relay team sets new school record as girls track team places 4th at conference

    The Vandalia High School girls track team set a school record for the third time this season in the 4x800-meter relay on their way to capturing first-place in that event in Tuesday night’s South Central Conference meet at Litchfield.

    The relay team of Ashley Durbin, Kayla Houston, Paige Dodson and Tori Hagy recorded a time of 10:29.5 – which was about six seconds over the state meet qualifying time.

  • Girls softball roundup

    Pana 4, Vandalia 0

    Ali Meyer and Maggie Childers held Pana to just seven hits on Tuesday afternoon, but they were enough to give the Lady Panthers a 4-0 win.

    Laura Hobbie, Audra Donaldson and Katie Vieregge each had a double in the contest, but all were stranded. Dakota Kellow added a single to Vandalia’s offensive, stealing second and reaching third before being thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice.

  • Zingraf will play at Millikin

    Mulberry Grove softball player Amanda Zinkgraf has announced that she plans to attend and play softball at Millikin University in Decatur.

    Zinkgraf, the daugher of Sandra Zinkgraft, plans to study nursing and play for second-year coach Debbie Kiick.

    “Amanda Zinkgraf is a talented outfielder who comes highly recommended from a strong high school program,” Kiick said.

    “She is a consistently strong hitter with good power and speed. We’re glad she chose Millikin and are eager to get her on the field with us.”

  • Saving office of human services a victory for all

    From the beginning, it was a decision that didn’t even meet the state’s own criteria for closing offices. The client base was higher than the minimum set by the agency for closure and the driving distances to alternative Department of Human Services offices were greater than the standard set by the agency.

    It just didn’t make sense.