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Today's News

  • Company has 1968 aerial photos of area

    Ed Miller of State Aerial Farm Statistics Inc., telephoned the other day to tell me he was in the area. Ed and I have played phone tag during the past year, because he has something that I, as a historian, am interested in.

    Back in 1968, when I was a high school junior, this firm took photographs of Fayette County’s farms and towns. Once this was done, salespeople visited the farms and businesses to see if the owner would like to purchase the image painted on canvas.

  • City to bid two downtown projects separately

    Going against a recommendation from its consulting engineers, Vandalia officials decided on Monday to keep two aspects of a downtown improvement project separate in the bidding process.

    Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers of Carlyle told the city council that while the firm initially recommended taking separate bids for streetscape and infrastructure improvements, it had recently changed its mind.

    HMG was endorsing that change of course due to the fact that the city had decided to downsize the improvements to water and sewer lines from about $2 million to about $100,000.

  • Vandalia council passes ordinance on right of way parking

    AN ORDINANCE CONTROLLING PARKING ON CITY OF VANDALIA RIGHT OF WAY

    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VANDALIA, ILLINOIS:

  • Early voting numbers high

    In less than two weeks, Fayette County residents will be going to the polls to vote in local, state and national elections. A lot of residents, however, have already performed their civic duty.

    “They’ve been coming in in bunches,” Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun said about residents taking advantage of the state’s early voting option.

    Unlike absentee voting, those casting early ballots are not required to give a reason.

  • Lady Cougars win first MTC Tournament since 2004

    The South Central volleyball team is hoping history is about to repeat itself after wrapping up a stellar regular season with a 26-24, 14-25, 16-14 win over North Clay Saturday in the championship of the Midland Trail Conference Tournament.

    The victory gave the Lady Cougars (29-2) both the MTC regular-season and conference-tournament titles for the first time since 2004.

    That was the same year South Central went on to a program-record 34 wins and a sectional championship.

  • Lady Eagles place 2nd at NTC Tournament

    The St. Elmo volleyball team will be looking to claim its first regional title since 2003 next week on its home court.

    And the Lady Eagles can enter postseason play with some added confidence, knowing it did something Saturday that even that 2003 team - considered the best in school history - failed to do.

  • History put on hold for Lady Vandals

    History was put on hold in Staunton Thursday, as the Vandalia volleyball team saw its first attempt to pick up a program-record 23rd win and at least a share of the South Central Conference East Division title thwarted in a 25-22, 25-20 loss.

    The Lady Vandals also saw their 14-match winning streak come to an end in a two-game setback to the upstart Lady Bulldogs, but coach Allison Smith thinks the disappointing defeat might turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

  • Vandals Stymy Staunton

    It simply wasn't shaping up to be Cory Bunker's night.

    First, the Vandalia sophomore sustained a brutal hit while fielding a first-quarter punt Friday, fumbling the ball away as a result.

    He then saw a big third-quarter punt return to the Staunton 1-yard line called back to the Vandalia 46 due to a clipping penalty on the Vandals.

    So when Bunker went airborne to challenge Bulldogs defensive back Taylor Wright for a fourth-quarter bomb to the end zone by VCHS quarterback Drew Bell, it seemed almost inevitable that Wright would come away with an interception.

  • Baldridge throws no-hitter, Patoka wins EIC Tournament

    Drew Baldridge was so caught up in helping his team do something it hadn't done since 1999 that he failed to realize he'd done something few ever do.

    "I didn't realize it until coach told me that I threw a no-hitter," said the senior moments after leading the Patoka baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Brownstown Friday in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    "I was just so happy that we won the game that I didn't even think about it," Baldridge said.

  • Vandals clinch program-record 3rd straight playoff berth

    It took the Vandalia football program 59 years to get to where it finds itself following Friday's 20-15 win over Pana - in the playoffs for a third straight season.

    So it should come to no surprise that the final step in a journey spanning six decades was not an easy one.

    Pana frustrated the Vandals offensively, holding VCHS to a season-low 181 yards of total offense while forcing three lost fumbles.

    And the Panthers used a pair of fluky big plays to stay in the ballgame, despite a dominating effort by the Vandalia defense.