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Today's News

  • It's all about appreciating what we have

    It's not uncommon for people to not fully appreciate their hometown ... and its people. Ed Taylor Jr. is not one of those people.

    Taylor was one of two people honored recently by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for community service. As he accepted the award, Taylor explained why he has given a lifetime of service to the Vandalia area and its people.

  • Chelsy Durbin to play softball at McKendree

    McKendree University softball coach Evelyn Bean admits Chelsy Durbin came in "under the radar" when she participated in a recent Bearcats tryout.

    Initially, not much was known about the St. Elmo High School senior.

    But by the time Durbin left the camp, her ability to play all over the diamond was just one aspect that helped raise Durbin's profile to the point that Bean felt compelled to make her part of McKendree's up-and-coming program.

  • IHSA does Lady Vandals few favors

    Pop quiz.

    What does a 21-4 record, two tournament titles and a second-place finish in a conference featuring the top-ranked 2A team in the state get you in the opening round of the postseason?

    A matchup against a sub-.500 would seem to be the obvious answer.

    But it's not in bizzaro world.

    And, unfortunately, the IHSA has set up permanent residence there.

  • Vandals win 14th straight regional title

    The only thing more profound than the Vandalia wrestling team's Cumberland Regional title run Saturday was the reaction of the opposition after the Vandals' 14th-straight regional victory was announced.

    You could here a pin drop.

    The silence spoke volumes to the Vandals' status as the New York Yankees of the regional wrestling scene - a role they have openly embraced.

    "It's like that every year," said VCHS coach Jason Clay of being the team everyone roots against, but nobody can seem to beat. "That's just part of the territory. It's fun. The kids feed off of it."

  • Vandals shock South Central on Senior Night

    Something unusual was in the air Tuesday, both literally and figuratively, as the Vandalia boys basketball team closed out the home portion of its 2007-08 slate.

    As an unseasonable thunderstorm lit up the night sky outside the VCHS gymnasium, the electricity generated inside by the Vandals' Senior Night festivities was palpable as the home team took the floor against Fayette County rival South Central.

    It carried on throughout the game, as the Vandals hung with another favored opponent right up until crunch time.

  • Should VCHS be closed campus?

    If you drive in the area of Vandalia Community High School around noon, its clear that the school has an open-campus lunch hour. In all kinds of weather, dozens of students can be seen walking to nearby fast-food restaurants and convenience stores.

    Should we care if high school students eat their lunch at school or go to one of the fast-food restaurants within walking distance? What are the concerns, the potential liabilities, the disruptions to the educational process that would prompt school officials to consider closing the campus?

  • Lincoln Museum worth the wait

    “The luck of the third adventure is proverbial,” writes Elizabeth Barrett Browning. When translated, that means, "Third time’s a charm."

    Well, third time was a charm for me, recently, because along with my husband and son, I finally made it to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield.

    What an experience!

    The parking garage across the street makes access to the museum easy, and from the moment we entered the "gateway" or portal, we were greeted with smiles and knowledgeable volunteers and staff.

  • Obama holds slight edge over Clinton here

    Barack Obama posted an overwhelming victory in Illinois on Super Tuesday, but he edged Hillary Clinton by only a slight margin in Fayette County.

    In this county, Obama defeated Clinton by only 34 votes, 1,093-1,059. Clinton, however, did win the majority of 24 states in the contest for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election.

    On the Republican ballot, John McCain posted a comfortable victory both statewide and in Fayette County. Here, McCain garnered 1,119 votes, while Mike Huckabee had 648 votes and Mitt Romney received 436 votes.

  • Storm damages South Central High School

    Students at South Central High School were not in class on Wednesday morning, but many of the teachers showed up for work though they were doing work of a different kind.

    Instead of giving lectures or tests, those teachers were busy helping district employees take care of storm damage.

    The roof covering over the high schools library and media center was ripped off by high winds that were part of a major storm that moved through the area on Wednesday night.

  • Closed campus discussion is Monday night

    The Vandalia Board of Education will hold a roundtable discussion next Monday about the possibility of moving to a closed-campus lunch hour.

    The roundtable, during which the public is invited to discuss the issue with school board members, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Community High School cafeteria.

    The purpose of the meeting, Superintendent Rich Well said, is to allow for a conversation between administrators, staff, parents and community members.