Today's News

  • Soroptimists take reservations for banquet

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 pm. on April 8 at Days Inn in Vandalia.
    Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than April 1. Limited seating is available, so reservations should be made soon.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is honoring three ladies in the Soroptimist International of Americas programs: Kathy Critcheloe, Women’s Opportunity Award; Gabrielle McNutt, Violet Richardson Award; and Brenda Benton, Ruby Award.

  • Birthday

    Betty Schaub of Vandalia is celebrating her 80th birthday with an open house hosted by her family from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • Engel will receive NP Advocate State Award

    Jill R. Engel, MS, ACNP, FNP, ANP and CCRN-CSC, was selected by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to receive the 2011 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence.

  • Conrath-Adermann

    Samantha Conrath and Matthew Adermann, both of Taylorville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Sarchet – Carpenter

    Stacey Sarchet and Jason Carpenter, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Laura Jurmann and the late Brad Sarchet of Vandalia.
    She is currently employed at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care as a certified nurse's assistant.
    The future groom is the son of Tony and Betty Summers of Vandalia.
    He is currently employed at ADS Electric as an electrician.
    The couple are planning a noon wedding on Wednesday, April 20, at Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia.

  • Season in review: Boys Basketball

    St. Elmo did not have the best record in the area, nor did it have the flashiest playing style.

    What it did have was a desire to win, which helped the Eagles (13-16) advance to the sectional tournament for the first time since the early 1990s.

    In that game, St. Elmo lost to state qualifier Woodlawn, but the Eagles return all but two of their top six players, so another run could be in their future next season.

    Vandalia had the area's best record, with a mark of 17-11.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders end remarkable run at sectional

    CARLINVILLE – There is something to be said for determined play at any level of athletics.

    The Lady Vandal eighth-grade volleyball team showed why on Monday, despite a straight-set loss to Carlinville at the sectional tournament.

    At the end of the first set, Carlinville’s Talesha Scott served eight straight points, including seven aces, to put the Lady Warriors ahead, 23-11.

    Vandalia coach Geri Reuss, however, called a timeout in an effort to refocus her team and kill off Carlinville’s momentum.

  • Field of Dreams upgrades HS diamond

    Improvements to the high school baseball field that the Field of Dreams committee hoped to have completed by the start of baseball season have been finished on schedule.

    The improvements included renovation of the backstop and dugouts on the high school field, a warning track on the high school softball field and limestoning the softball field on Locust Street.

    Vandalia High School baseball coach Luke Holht said the latest improvements make the high school baseball field one the best among South Central Conference schools.

  • Patoka starts HS track program

    PATOKA – Patoka High School will field a high school track and field team for the first time this spring.

    The move comes as a continuation of the junior high program, which was started by Superintendent Mike Conlon last spring.

    “We started the junior high program last year, and we hated to see the kids not have the opportunity (to continue), so we started a track program,” said Conlon, who doubles as the track coach.

  • The College Report: Eric Hobbie named POY for second time

    He missed a good portion of his senior year to injury.

    But, Vandalia grad and McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie returned to play in every single American Midwest Conference game that McKendree played. The impressive comeback, combined with his impressive play, has earned Hobbie the AMC Player of the Year award for the second straight season.