Today's News

  • Vandals fall in overtime thriller, eliminated from postseason

    The Vandals had their work cut out for them on Friday as they fought to remain eligible for postseason play, facing a 5-2 Pana squad that had already shut out three of their opponents.

    But they jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held that lead at halftime, thanks to tough defensive play and a strong running game.

    And despite the loss of running back Drew Stewart due to a sprained wrist, the Vandals stuck with the playoff-bound Panthers score for score throughout four quarters.

  • Vandals beat Taylorville on senior night

    After digging themselves a 12-3 deficit early in game one, the Vandalia volleyball team stormed back to win that game, 27-25, and then cruised to a 25-15 victory in game two to record a victory over Taylorville on senior night last Thursday.


  • Lady Cougars win MTC Tournament

    After winning the Midland Trail Conference out right with a 10-0 record, it seemed only natural that South Central run the table in the MTC Tournament.


    The Lady Cougars encountered little resistance as they continued to dominate the conference like they did all season. In the opening round last Thursday, they downed Webber Township, 25-13, 25-16. Later in the evening they toppled Wayne City, 25-17, 25-13. And they finished the night with a victory over Noble, 25-19, 25-18.


  • Funk, Taylor worthy of honor

    Being chauffeured in a decorated car for five or six blocks is not really an adequate way for two men to be recognized for their lifetimes of service to our community. But it is, at the very least, a way to show Don Funk and Ed Taylor that we do appreciate all that they have done for Vandalia.

    Funk and Taylor will serve as the grand marshals for the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade next Thursday evening. It will be the first time in several decades that they won’t have to be helping to pull off one of the largest Halloween parades in Illinois.

  • Vandalia native recording images of our city

    Someone asked the other day how I found ideas for the articles that appear in this column.

    That is an interesting question. A subject can be suggested by a photograph, a biography of a person, the history of a town and even questions from our readers.

    Fayette County’s recorded history begins in scattered histories of Illinois, the "History of Fayette County," published in 1878; followed by the "Pictorial History of Vandalia, Illinois," in 1904; and the "Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County," from 1910.

  • Motown visit postponed again

    The fate of the plan to build a $300-million sports and entertainment complex will now not be known until early December.

    Director of Economic Development and Tourism JoAnn Givens told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that Kenneth Bardwell, chairman and chief executive officer of Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc., plans to visit with city officials on Dec. 7.

    At the council meeting on that date, Bardwell will present a request for an extension on the deadline for providing proof to the city that Motown has obtained the financing for the project.

  • A team effort to battle the flu bug

    Rumors that there have been cases of H1N1 flu in Fayette County are just not true, according to local health officials.

    “We have had no confirmed cases (of H1N1),” said Kendra Craig of the Fayette County Health Department.

    But the FCHD, along with local school officials, are working to prevent and treat cases of both H1N1 and regular flu as flu season gets under way.

  • School district has good audit, but still has some challenges

    The Vandalia Board of Education heard some good news on the financial and educational fronts Tuesday night. But those positive reports were balanced by several challenges that still face the district.

    On the positive side, the board heard an upbeat audit report from Joe Barth of the accounting firm of Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam. Barth noted the district’s “strong fund balances,” and said that the district “is on the right track” financially.

  • Funk, Taylor are grand marshals for Lions' parade

    As it organizes its Halloween parade each year, the Vandalia Lions Club honors an individual who has made a commitment to community service. This year, the club is honoring two men, both of whom have never seen the parade

    Lifelong Vandalia residents Don Funk and Ed Taylor have never seen the Lions’ parade because they’ve been part of the club leadership organizing and pulling off the Halloween event.

  • Not Enough: The Vandals' one scoring drive got them on the board, but was not enough to get them in contention

    As the Vandals walked off the field Friday night, they had little to show for the last two hours they had spent in the cold and rain. The scoreboard read Southwestern–20, Vandalia–6, but the scoreboard didn’t show the six turnovers by Vandalia and only one significant drive.

    “We didn’t play well,” coach John Stout said. “We didn’t play real well. We turned the ball over, and couldn’t get anything going.”