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Today's News

  • Cougars win their 14th MTC Tournament title

    Poor perimeter shooting plagued South Central during a so-so start to the 2007-08 season.

    What a difference a month and a few shots beyond the arc can make.

    The Cougars (14-5) continued their resurgence last week at the Midland Trail Conference Tournament, as a pair of 3-point barrages helped South Central claim the program's 14th MTC Tournament title.

    The top-seeded Cougars hit 7 of 13 from long distance in the first half of last Wednesday's semifinal against Cisne, enjoying a 13-point halftime lead before holding off a late Lions' comeback for a 60-50 win.

  • Vandals top PORTA, fall to O'Fallon

    Quantity is good. Quality is even better.

    And the combination of the two is downright fantastic - especially when there's an element of revenge involved.

    Those facts considered, the Vandalia wrestling team could not have had a better week last week, as it went 4-0 and improved to 21-1 on the season.

    One of those wins came against a team that topped the Vandals a year ago - a team that is ranked fourth in the state this season.

    The Vandals went 3-0 Saturday at the Clinton Quad, with the highlight of the day being a 41-25 victory over Petersburg PORTA.

  • Hillsboro holds off Vandals' comeback attempt

    Vandalia's boys basketball team had its best offensive game of the year Tuesday, hitting 50 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the foul line on its way to a season-high 67 points.

    Unfortunately, the Vandals had one of their worst defensive nights as well.

    The combination led to another frustratingly close defeat, as Vandalia dropped its 10th game by 10 points or fewer this season, falling to visiting Hillsboro, 74-67.

  • Miller's 31 points powers Bombers past Rams

    Brownstown center Josh Miller is the kind of player that will stick to the gameplan no matter what.

    And on most nights, the gameplan calls for the 6-foot-3 senior to rebound, defend and contribute a basket here and there - so long as he adheres to the "two-dribble limit" imposed on him by coach Adam Bussard.

    But the gameplan changed a bit Friday night, wisely calling for a guy nicknamed "Moose" to get as many touches as possible against an undersized Ramsey team featuring just one player over 6 feet tall.

  • Lady Vandals win 10th straight

    Success has not gone to the Lady Vandals' heads.

    In fact, some members of the VCHS girls basketball team may be oblivious to the fact that they are on the verge making history.

    "Some of them probably don't even know what our record is," said Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler, whose team is closing in on the program's all-time victories mark.

    "They just come to play hard every night."

  • Nancy Lee Cook, 63, Ramsey

    Nancy Lee Cook, 63, of Ramsey, died at 9:22 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey, with the Rev. Glenn Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Mound Cemetery, rural Oconee. Visitation will be held an hour before services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

  • Route 51 hearing vital to our future

    One doesnt have to stand along Interstate 70 very long to realize just how much east-west traffic travels through Vandalia on that four-lane highway. Hopefully, the same will be true for north-south traffic in the not-too-distant future.

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing here next Thursday as it progresses with its four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51. We hope that the hearing draws a good crowd of local residents.

  • Jack Ruby spent time in Fayette County

    I can remember this so clearly," Gene Etchason said. "My dad was reclining in his easy chair, while mom was in the kitchen getting dinner ready. We were watching the mid-day news, when, all of a sudden, dad sat up straight and said 'Jack Ruby!'

    "On the television screen was the scene where (Lee Harvey) Oswald was being taken from the Dallas jail when a dark-haired man holding a gun stepped forward.

    Within 15 minutes, there was a banging on the front door. There stood Wilson Hill, and he rushed in the room saying, Ruby! Jack Ruby!

  • Chamber banquet is next Thursday

    Tickets are now on sale for the annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The event will be held next Thursday at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. The meal will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the program.

    During the banquet, the Chamber will present Abe Awards to one chamber member and to one non-chamber member. Addresses by outgoing president Dave Bell and incoming president Doug Knebel are also on the agenda.

  • New elementary school principal chosen

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday promoted two people from within the district to fill the positions of elementary school principal and high school guidance counselor, and added duties to an existing employee's job description to create the position of part-time business manager for the district. All three positions start with the 2008-09 school year.

    Thirteen-year employee Stacy South, who currently serves as a reading specialist at Vandalia Elementary School, was named principal of the school. She will replace Gary Rahe, who is retiring after the current school year.