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Today's News

  • Bombers and Eagles 'Volley for a Cure'

    The final score wasn't irrelevant.

    It never is when St. Elmo and Brownstown hook up - especially when you consider the Lady Eagles' 25-12, 25-16 win over the Bombers gave head coach Elise Asher 250 career wins at the school.

    But the figures carrying the most importance following St. Elmo and Brownstown's second annual Volley For a Cure breast cancer awareness match had dollar signs in front of them.

    The event drew nearly $600 worth of donations from the respective communities, and the big crowd present Tuesday at SEHS paid a total of $464 to watch the two teams play.

  • Vandals move to 3-0

    As Drew Bell settled under center Friday for the Vandalia football team's first series against East Alton-Wood River, the Vandals quarterback was faced with a defense that had a different look than what coach John Stout expected.

    "They came out in a 52 defense, with a rover back who would follow our motion," Stout said.

    As a result, the Vandals went three-and-out, forcing Bell to punt for the first time this season.

    But that was pretty much the end of the Oilers' defensive success, as the Vandals improved to 3-0 with a 37-0 Homecoming win.

  • Congrats to new HOF members!

    Congratulations to the Vandalia Community High School wrestling teams from 1996-97 and 1997-98, which were inducted last Friday into the VCHS Sports Hall of Fame.

    Those two teams both compiled sterling records and went on to place fourth at the state team wrestling tournament.

    Also to be congratulated are VCHS homecoming royalty, Lexie Schukar and Wayne Stock, who were crowned queen and king at Saturday’s homecoming dance.

  • Safety is priority as harvest begins

    In normal years, area farmers would be well into the job of harvesting their crops by now. They’d be in the fields from dawn to dusk, stretching themselves and their equipment to the limit, and generally pushing the envelope in a profession that is one of the most dangerous around.

    But this is not a normal year.

  • Amateur photographer preserved history

    Accompanying my column last week was a picture staged and photographed by Granville Blankenship in January 1920. That particular picture of pelts mounted on a barn won him a $4 cash prize.

    Granville described himself as an amateur photographer, according to his daughter, Mila Elam, of Bear Grove Township.

    Mila and her late husband, Loren Elam, were my "end of the road" neighbors when I was a newlywed in 1976. My husband, Dale, and I rented a house not far from the Elam homestead for a little over three years, and we became good friends.

  • KC Vandalia Campus hosts fallen soldier exhibit

    Jarrod Snow, a student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville who is serving an internship with the office of Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, sets up the "Portait of a Soldier" memorial exhibit at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on Monday. The exhibit, which includes portraits of 191 Illinois soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001, by Cameron Shilling. Quinn, along with some of the parents whose children are included in the exhibit, visited the KC Vandalia Campus on Wednesday afternoon to unveil the portraits.

  • City officials talk about restaurants and possible Relay for Life move

    The Vandalia City Council discussed restaurants on Monday – the burned-out home of a former restaurant, and the inability to lure more eateries.

    Alderman Bret Brosman said he feels it’s time for the owners of The Depot, which was gutted by fire on Labor Day of last year, do something about the remains of the structure.

    “It is unsightly and secure,” Brosman said.

    “It was an asset to our community, but (now) it is a burned-out hull,” he said. “The period of mourning (the loss of the restaurant) is over.

  • Stephens, city fighting Statehouse closure

    An area legislator told Vandalia officials on Monday night that he’s among the contingent of lawmakers pushing to keep the state’s historic sites and parks open.

    The mayor told that legislator that he has formed a team that will lobby legislators for that action.

    State Rep. Ron Stephens attended Monday’s city council meeting to present a $200,000 check for improvements.

    After handing over the check, Stephens offered to take any comments or questions from city officials.

  • Stock, Schukar named VCHS royalty
  • UPDATE-'Portrait of a Solider' on display at KC

    A riveting memorial for Illinois' fallen soldiers reached Vandalia on Monday. At the request of Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition is at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The memorial exhibition, which has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 35 cities and towns throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept.11, 2001.