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Today's News

  • Too many turnovers drop Vandalia to 2-2

    Entering Friday’s game against Aton-Marquette, Vandalia was coming off a big homecoming win. But the 1-2 Explorers stop the Vandals in their tracks, holding them to a season-low 12 points and forcing three turnovers. Marquette ran for almost 300 yards on its way to a 26-12 victory.

  • Ramsey knocks out Bombers in first round

    In the first round of the E-I Conference playoffs on Monday, Ramsey knocked out Brownstown, 1-0.

    Korey McCloskey pitched a gem for the Rams. He scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked one in the shutout.

    The game's lone run came in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Black led the inning off with a single and moved up to second on an out and to third on a steal. Ethan Carlock hit a two-out single, scoring Black and giving the Rams the lead.

    McCloskey was able to work his way through the last two frames without getting in too much trouble, giving Ramsey the win.

  • Vandalia picks up much-needed conference win against Litchfield

    After dropping consecutive conference matches to Greenville and Hillsboro, the Vandalia volleyball team picked up a big win against Litchfield on Tuesday, 25-21, 25-9.

    In game one, Vandalia and the Panthers were locked in a close battle before the Lady Vandals were able to pull away and close the game, after a well-placed time out.

    Vandalia was in control of game two from the start. Litchfield tried to kill Vandalia's  with timeouts, but couldn't gain any momentum and lost 25-9.

  • Thomas Lakin recalls newspaper career

    Three weeks ago, I contributed a story for this column telling how I had been contacted by editor and publisher Mike Lakin of The Mt. Pulaski Times for permission to reprint an earlier column.

    Immediately, my antennae went up, because Thomas N. Lakin was editor and publisher of The Vandalia Union. I learned from Mike that his grandfather, William Lakin, and Thomas Lakin were cousins.

  • Celebrate progress during Corn Days

    As construction work advances down Gallatin Street, the rebirth of Vandalia’s downtown is becoming more apparent each day. Much of the underground infrastructure work is now complete, and workers are preparing to pour the second block of concrete street surface.

    There’s a lot to be excited about as a new and improved downtown Vandalia gradually takes shape.

  • Committee continues recycling efforts

    It’s been a long time since residents of this area have had an opportunity to put recyclable items such as plastic and glass somewhere other than their trash containers. A local committee is working to make that service available once again.

    A recycling drop-off this Saturday is the latest effort of that committee, which is continuing to look into make recycling a common and regular practice in this area.

  • Fight to save VCC jobs continues

    With the scheduled layoff of more than 100 workers at Vandalia Correctional Center less than two weeks away, Vandalia’s mayor is continuing to fight that action.

    Rick Gottman said on Tuesday afternoon that he was planning to once again contact the staff of Gov. Pat Quinn the next morning.

    “I am continuing to stay in contact with the governor and his staff, to see what’s going on and if there is anything that can be done to prevent the loss of these local jobs,” Gottman said.

  • County supports KC's Veterans' Tribute

    Fayette County government has endorsed an effort to recognize this region’s veterans of the armed forces.

    The Fayette County Board last week approved a resolution supporting the plan for a Veterans’ Tribute on the main Kaskaskia College campus in Centralia.

    Kaskaskia College is being joined by various veterans’ organizations and individuals in a project calling for the construction of a monument honoring both veterans and individuals currently serving in this country’s armed forces.

  • Country Cousins Card Club celebrating 50 years

    Fifty years ago, Iris Kruenegel and her friend and neighbor, Carol (then Wasmuth) Fenton, thought it would be fun and relaxing for their friends and neighbors in rural Shobonier to have a “girls only” card club.

    Thus, the Country Cousins card club was born.

    Several of the original members still meet, along with newer members, for their monthly “girls night out,” rotating as hosts for their gatherings.

  • Vandalia shuts out Roxana for big homecoming win

    Rebounding from a week two loss to Carlinville, the Vandals shut down Roxana’s offense and forced five turnovers en route to a 35-0 victory, on homecoming.

    In the opening minutes, it was Vandalia’s defense that was doing the scoring. Just six plays into the game, defensive back Cory Bunker intercepted a Roxana pass around midfield. Bunker was able to cut and weave his way to a touchdown, putting Vandalia up 7-0 after the point after-attempt.

    After a failed punt by Roxana several drives later, Vandalia took over in Shells' territory with a short field.