Today's News

  • Baseball academy coming to Vandalia

    In Vandalia, there are sports camps and leagues for just about everything.

    There are basketball camps and shootouts for kids of all ages throughout the year. There is VYO football and flag football. There is Jr. Pro wrestling and numerous other camps and leagues for sports.

    But one sport that has been lagging behind in these areas is baseball. Vandalia has struggled to cultivate a "farm system" for the high school baseball teams the way other sports have.

    The interest level for baseball isn't as high in the area as it is for basketball and football.

  • Vandals win streak at five games

    After seeing the junior varisty win in double overtime, Tuesday night, the Vandalia varsity refused to be upstaged by the underclassmen and had two overtimes of its own.

    "We were fortunate to come out on top at the end of the game," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said. "They kept battling."

    Carlyle took three game-winning shots but none fell as Vandalia won, 52-51.

  • Decorating the tree brings back memories

    Last Thursday my son, Ethan, and I put up our Christmas tree. It was fairly simple – fit tab A into slot B and so forth. I’ve never had an artificial tree before, so this was a new experience.

    After the metal pieces had been slotted, we stood back and Ethan said, "Mom that doesn’t look like the box." I assured him that the metal branches extending from the metal trunk could be covered with cuttings from our cedar tree outside – not to worry.

    I was worried. It looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

  • Merry Christmas!

    The decorations are up, the cards are sent, the carols are being played, the holiday goodies have been baked and – unless you’re a world-class procrastinator – the gifts have been purchased.

    It’s nearly Christmas time!

    As we approach Christmas Day this Friday, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. Family, friends and health come to mind easily.

  • St. Elmo outlasts Beecher for third place, freshman Beasley named tourney MVP

    St. Elmo’s basketball future looks brighter everyday. The reason the next few seasons hold so much promise is because of Connor Beasley and Blake Pruett. Beasley, who is only a freshman, has had a sensational first half of the season and capped it off with a 17-point performance in the third-place game of the 50th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Saturday night. Beasley was named tournament MVP later in the evening and has all of St. Elmo buzzing.

  • City receives report on river intake

    Vandalia officials are hoping to hear just after the first of the year an answer to its problem with the city’s raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.

    Alderman Larry Cable, chairman of the city council’s water and disposal plants committee, reported at Monday’s council meeting that an engineering firm hired by the city to inspect the intake will present its findings on Jan. 4.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Because of the weather and the holidays, work on the downtown enhancement project has come to a stop until after the first of next year.

    But that will not cause the project to be delayed past the scheduled completion date.

    In fact, the downtown project continues to be far ahead of schedule, according to reports from city officials.

    At Monday’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Mayor Rick Gottman reported that the project is about 85-percent complete.

  • Two homes damaged by fire last week

    Two area homes sustained substantial damage from fires late last week.

    Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Vandalia firefighters were summoned to the home of Terry Alsbury northeast of Vandalia.

    When it was discovered that the home is in the Brownstown Fire Protection District, firefighters from Brownstown were also dispatched.

    Both fire departments arrived at the scene at the same time, 12:47 p.m., and found heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home.

  • Arnold shares his best, worst Christmases

    Dave Arnold, custodian at Brownstown Elementary School, is well known as the “school custodian poet,” not only in this area, but also far and wide in the nation’s public schools network and associations.

    He also is known for his moral standards, sense of humor, generosity and various other gifts and talents, such as woodworking.

    Dave’s love for his job as the elementary school custodian and his respect, support and understanding for the teachers and school officials is also notable, as is his rapport with the children.

  • 99, 100, 101...

    Starting in his freshman year, Vandalia Community High School wrestler Alex Foster got off to a pretty good clip in stacking up victories. After his sophomore season, he was already at 62 wins, more than halfway to the coveted 100 wins club. It's an exclusive club that only 18 former Vandal wrestlers are a part of.

    “Knowing that not everyone is going to get their hundred wins, this is a pretty hard achievement,” Foster said.

    On Saturday afternoon, the group welcomed Foster as its first new member since Adam Bowling a few years ago.