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Today's News

  • Residents help Legion create veterans' museum

    Old soldiers never die, they just fade away were the words of a famous American war leader and hero as he was retiring from active duty.

    Sadly, somehow the memories of the terrible sacrifices our service men and women have made in previous wars have faded, as we fail to teach and remind the young people of the devastating price of war, and of the respect and gratitude due to the American veterans.

  • City hikes Vandalia Lake camping fees

    To keep its fees in line with other sites in the area, the city of Vandalia has increased its camping rates at Vandalia Lake.

    Approving the hikes recommended by the Vandalia Lake Committee, the city council voted in increase the nightly rate for camping spaces with electrical hookups from $12 to $15.

    The ordinance amendment also increases the nightly rate for sites without electrical hookups from $7 to $10, and the 20-night block from $220 to $260.

  • State Champs!

    For VCHS juniors Kayla Houston, Kris Stunkel, Paige Dodson and Ashley Durbin, 4x400=state championship.

    The Lady Vandal fouresome shocked the field in the 1,600-meter relay Saturday at the IHSA Girls State Meet, claiming the first VCHS girls state title in school history by shattering the school record for the second day in a row with a blistering first-place time of 4:03.47.

  • VJHS 7th-grade boys win sectional; eight headed to state

    Coming off a perfect 7-0 regular season, the VJHS seventh-grade boys track and field team somehow found a way to outdo itself Saturday at the Effingham Sectional.

    By virtue of a strong late push in the final four events of the day, the Junior Vandals stormed from fourth place in a pack of 13 teams all the way to the top of the standings - taking the first sectional title by a Junior Vandals team in coach Kevin Schroeder's 28 years at the helm in the process.

  • VCHS softball falls in postseason opener

    The setting for the Vandalia softball team's postseason opener was much like the final three weeks of the regular season.

    Unexpected... and unpleasantly so.

    The Lady Vandals were originally slated to host Shelbyville and celebrate Senior Day Monday afternoon.

    Instead, wet field conditions - similar to those that wiped out VCHS' final two home games, pushing Senior Day back in the process - greeted the Lady Vandals again, forcing their Effingham-St. Anthony Regional quarterfinal game to be played at Shelbyville.

  • Matthews to play football at Eureka College

    Despite growing up in a town where wrestling and basketball are king, VCHS senior Devan Matthews's focus has always been football.

    "As a little kid growing up, everything revolved around football," Matthews said. "That's all I wanted to do. I didn't want to play any other sports."

    It's an obsession that began in grade school, when Matthews first started watching his older brother, Chris, play for the Vandals.

    The opportunity to don a helmet and pads finally presented itself during Matthews' fifth-grade year, when he first suited up for the VYO program.

  • Five Lady Vandals headed to state

    Longtime VCHS girls track and field coach Mike Travelstead is beyond elated at the moment.

    In fact, it might be safe to say Travelstead is five times happier than he's ever been this time of year during his previous 18 seasons as the Lady Vandals' mentor.

    "I'm about ready to burst inside," said Travelstead, who saw five VCHS student-athletes qualify for this weekend's state meet in five events at Friday's Robinson Sectional. "I've never had more than one (advance)."

    For the past two seasons, that one person has been Lady Vandals junior Kayla Houston.

  • Process needed to study prisons

    With the announcement early last week that the Blagojevich administration wants to close the maximum-security prison in Pontiac, the disruptive process that gripped Vandalia several years ago has now enveloped Pontiac.

    As was the case when the governor released his plan to shutter the Vandalia Correctional Center, the Pontiac area is faced with a daunting economic blow if hundreds of jobs evaporate.

  • Cherokee Indian chief buried in Vandalia

    Chief Bull Moose made his last stand in Vandalia on April 7, 1952.

    The 70-year-old man, along with his wife and daughters, had been staying at Bill Mareks DX Motor Court, located on U.S. Route 51, just south of the former Coca-Cola Distribution Center, when he suffered a heart attack.

    The brick building that housed the Coca-Cola Distribution Center became home to the now-defunct Waggoner Trucking Co., and is adjacent to the Chuckwagon Restaurant.

  • Phone operators reconnect at reunion

    Many remember the good old days, when you picked up a telephone receiver, a pleasant voice asked, Number, please. The helpful operator directed your call to the proper destination with without further ado.

    There were no electronic voices recordings with options and directions to press this number or that, no instructions to return to the main menu if none of the options were suitable, no If you want to speak to a representative (meaning a real, live person) or Sorry, your call cannot be completed as dialed.