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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Monday, Jan. 5

    ✔ The Women of the Moose will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    ✔ The Vandalia City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

    Tuesday, Jan. 6

    ✔ The Vandalia Rotary Club meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Lucas K. Ephron, 20, 928 W. Johnson St., Apt. C, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 29 on a warrant for aggravated battery. Bond was $25,000.
    • Kenneth R. Turner, 21, 527 W. Gallatin St., Apt. 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 29 on a charge of unlawful restraint. Bond was $25,000.
    • Spencer M. McCulley, 25, Overland Park, Kan., was arrested on Dec. 28 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.

  • Smith is youth minister at Northside Christian

    Tracy Smith came to Vandalia on Dec. 1 as the new youth minister at Northside Christian Church, with 15 years of experience in his chosen occupation, for which he felt a strong calling.

  • New laws in 2015

    On New Year's Day, a number of new Illinois laws will go into effect. Some of those new laws are as follows:
    Gray wolf, American black bear, cougar
    Adds the gray wolf, American black bear and cougar to the list of protected species in Illinois, while spelling out conditions that allow landowners to kill the animals if they are causing an immediate threat of physical harm or death to a person, livestock, domestic animals, or harm to structures or other property.
    Cyber bullying

  • Body cams

    Long before protestors across the nation were calling for police officers to wear body cameras, a Fayette County deputy broached that idea to the county’s state’s attorney.

  • South Central, BSE girls face off at Dieterich tourney

    South Central and Brownstown/St. Elmo met in the fifth-place game of the Dieterich Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday.
    The BSE Lady Bombers held off the Lady Cougars for a 59-51 win. Morgan Brown scored 19 points for BSE, and Emily Bone added 12. Abby Hahn led South Central with 19 points.  
    Hahn and Brown were listed on the all-tourney team.

    Dieterich Girls Tournament
    Fifth-place game
    BSE 59, South Central 51
    SC   19   12    10   10  — 51

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament: Monday's scores, Tuesday's schedule

    Monday, Dec. 29 scores
    Altamont 57, S. Central 49
    Maroa 65, SEB 54
    Shelbyville 65,
    South Central 56
    Vandalia 65, SEB 39
    Flora 55, St. Anthony 50
    Greenville 62, Pana 42

    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Ninth-place, 2 p.m.
    SEB vs. Pana  

    Seventh-place, 3:30
    Maroa-Forsyth vs.
    South Central

    Fifth-place, 5
    Vandalia vs. Shelbyville

    Third-place, 6:30
    St. Anthony vs. Altamont

    Title game, 8 p.m.

  • 43rd Vandalia Holiday Tournament Day 2

    Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    Saturday's scores

    South Central 45, Pana 43

    Flora 67, St. Elmo/Brownstown 52

    Altamont 62, Shelbyville 55

    St. Anthony 56, Maroa-Forsyth 50

    Flora 68, Vandalia 66

    Greenville 64, Shelbyville 38

    Pana 71, Altamont 65

  • VHT Day One: Vandals get first win, St. Anthony, Greenville go 2-0

    The 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament began on Friday.

    The host Vandals picked up their first win of the season, beating Maroa-Forsyth, 74-63.

    Vandalia dropped its second game of the tourney, falling to No. 2 seed St. Anthony, 74-59.

    The other top stories from the opening day of the tourney would be Greenville and St. Anthony both going 2-0.

    All scores are below. Saturday's schedule is also below.

  • St. Anthony hopes to repeat at VHT, Greenville is No. 1 seed

    Cody Rincker will likely never forget the 2013 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    It's not hard to see why.
    Rincker's St. Anthony Bulldogs topped the field and took home the tourney title.
    And what made the accomplishment even sweeter for the Bulldogs was the fact that not many expected the Class 1A St. Anthony squad to take the crown as the event's No. 3 seed.
    Now, the Bulldogs will look to defend their crown in 2014. As the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament arrives, the Bulldogs are hoping to pull off the repeat.