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Today's News

  • Honor Chorus concert is this Saturday

    The Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus will present its spring performance at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday in the Vandalia Elementary School gym.

    The chorus will be singing songs from "High School Musical."

    The concert is free, but donations will be accepted in honor of Carol Osborne, the Honor Chorus founder. The proceeds will go to Fayette County Relay for Life, which will be held on Saturday, June 7, on the high school track.

  • Watson works to stabilize VCC operations for future

    State Senator Frank Watson (R-Greenville) says hes disappointed the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) is proceeding with its ill-conceived plan to close the farm operation at the Vandalia Correctional Center (VCC), but hes hopeful commitments to enhance the Beverage and Meat Processing plants stabilizes the facility for the future.

  • Local scoreboard/schedule

    Wednesday, April 9

    High School Baseball

    South Central 12, Louisville-NC 1 (5 innings)

    Mt. Olive 10, Mulberry Grove 0

    Patoka 12, Odin 2

    High School Softball

    Vandalia 3, Flora 1

    Flora 10, South Central 0

    St. Elmo 6, Ramsey 0

    Mulberry Grove def. Sandoval (SNA)

    Thursday, April 10

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia at Shelbyville, ppd.

    Odin at Patoka, ppd.

    CTH Lutheran at Brownstown, ppd.

    St. Elmo at Ramsey, ppd.

    Altamont at Mulberry Grove, ppd.

  • Banal earns all-conference honors for GC

    Next year, it will be time for an encore.

    Vandalia grad Meredith Banal earned postseason honors for her play on the basketball court this year.

    Banal, a junior guard for Greenville College, was recently named to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's first team. Banal scored a team-high 13.9 points per game and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per game in SLIAC action. In addition to her 223 points and 53 rebounds, she also had 43 steals and 20 assists.

  • Brewer signs with Greenville College

    Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes likens the scene to what used to happen when Mark McGwire or Barry Bonds came to the plate.

    "People stop what they're doing to see what she's going to do," said Barnes of the MGHS senior slugger Rachel Brewer's at-bats. "She's a show stopper."

    Oftentimes you don't even have to watch Brewer hit to appreciate her ability to pulverize a softball - you can just listen.

  • Vandals drop fifth straight

    Things simply have not been going the VCHS baseball team's way over the last five games.

    That was never more evident than in the third inning of Tuesday's contest at Altamont.

    With runners on first and second and two out, the Vandals appeared to have emerged from a serious threat unscathed, as first basemen Jared Herker scooped a low throw from shortstop Dallas Gray to record the final out of the inning.

    The base umpire didn't agree, however, ruling that Herker had not secured the ball, allowing the run to score and extending the inning.

  • Lady Vandals on a roll

    Not known as a flamethrower by any means, VCHS senior Emily Shields' game plan is to throw strikes and let her defense do its thing behind her.

    It's a philosophy that helped Shields toss a shutout against Lincolnwood Saturday, and lead the Lady Vandals to their fourth win in five games with a 3-1 victory over Altamont Tuesday.

    Shields followed that same game plan Monday at South Central.

    The results, however, would never give the indication that Shields was pitching to contact.

  • IHSA, IPA settle suit over photos

    After months of acrimonious banter and legal maneuvering, the Illinois High School Association has agreed to abandon its efforts to control the states newspapers access to IHSA state championships and the use of photographs taken at those events.

    In a court-sanctioned binding settlement announced Tuesday, IHSA and the Illinois Press Association agreed to four key points:

    Newspapers are allowed unrestricted use and sale of images taken at IHSA events.

  • LaBille earns Congressional Medal for bravery

    In 1972, a new stone was set at the grave of Joseph S. LaBille in the Catholic Cemetery. The reason? The veterans marker set at his grave in 1911 did not reflect the fact that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor, and his name was misspelled as LaVille.

    LaBilles Medal Of Honor was awarded for his actions on May 22, 1863, when the 26-year-old was laying within four feet of Confederate troops at Stockade Redan near Vicksburg, Miss.

  • City restricts parking at senior center

    The Vandalia City Council discussed at length on Monday whether to impose parking restrictions for the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center.

    And while a couple of aldermen questioned whether to limit parking there, or even whether it is the citys place to do so, an ordinance amendment putting those controls on the books was approved unanimously.