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Today's News

  • Battling the Heat

    Isabella Walk, the daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, wipes the sweat from her brow while riding in the Prairie Days Parade on Saturday.

    She was riding with her sister, Jordan. Their entry promoted this year's FuNFest, set for Oct. 4. Jordan is fighting neurofibromatosis, and the FuNFest raises money for the battle against that disease.

  • Lincoln here on Sept. 6r

    As he did as a young lawyer, traveling from circuit to circuit, Abraham Lincoln will be traversing through Central Illinois.
    And the Vandalia Statehouse will be one of Lincoln’s stops.
    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced late last week that a Lincoln historic interpreter will visit state historic sites in Lerna, Bement and Vandalia next Saturday.
    The Statehouse is the final stop in his journey, with Lincoln scheduled to be at the state’s oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.

  • A Path is Chosen

    After holding a number of public hearings and receiving comments from residents, the Illinois Department of Transportation has formed preferred alternatives for four lanes of U.S. Route 51 through this area.

  • Bradley's TD, 3 INTs highlight scrimmage

    VANDALIA – Junior Bobby Bradley scored on a 40-yard touchdown run one play after an interception by sophomore Preston Ruckman for the only scoring in last Friday’s Red/White scrimmage, giving the Red team a 6-0 victory.

    Bradley rumbled down the field and scored with 3:44 left in the 20-minute scrimmage for the longest play of the game. He finished with 59 yards on five carries.

  • Report: Patton will get called up

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton will soon be called up the Texas Rangers, according to a report in Monday’s edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    According to the report, Patton is the only Rangers prospect that General Manager Jon Daniels would confirm will get a September call-up when MLB rosters expand to 40 players.

  • Smith, Peters lead South Central to win in opener

    KINMUNDY – South Central’s defense of the National Trail Conference championship got off to a good start in Monday’s season-opener.

    The two-time defending regular season champs got a two-run home run from senior Dylan Smith in the sixth inning, senior Dylen Peters tossed a complete game three-hitter and the Cougars earned a 2-1 win against NTC rival Altamont.

    Smith singled in his first at-bat of the season, and then clobbered a pitch from Altamont’s Klaiton Wolff over the left-field wall in his third at-bat to secure the victory.

  • Aces to meet Odin for Ramsey title

    RAMSEY – Mulberry Grove will meet Odin on Friday to determine the champion of the Ramsey Tournament.
    The Aces and Eagles are both 2-0 in the tournament after each team defeated Ramsey and Patoka.
    The deciding game will be played at 5:15 p.m., while Ramsey will play Patoka for third place at 3:15.
    Mulberry Grove opened the tournament with an 8-1 win against Patoka on Monday, and then handled Ramsey, 12-2, on Tuesday.
    In other games, Odin beat Patoka, 11-0, on Tuesday, and Ramsey lost to Odin, 11-4.
    Tuesday, Aug. 26

  • Prep sports schedule picks up in next week

    The high school sports season will open this week for the rest of Fayette County’s teams.

  • Blythe takes over as coach of Vandalia tennis team

    VANDALIA – For the second straight season, Vandalia’s tennis team has a new coach.

    Bill Blythe takes over control of the team from Dana Kern, who last season took over for long-time coach Kevin Schroeder, and he brings with him some familiarity with the current squad.

    Blythe’s daughter, Hannah, will be a junior on the team, so the elder Blythe has been watching the team for the past two seasons, and has always wanted his chance to help the athletes learn the game.

  • PHOTOS: VYO returns home

    The Vandalia Youth Organization football teams played their first home games of the season last Saturday.