Today's News

  • Lady Vandals off to 2-0 start

    The Vandalia girls basketball team's defense is already in midseason form.

    South Central and Alton Marquette can attest to that after suffering a combined 60 turnovers against the Lady Vandals in their first two games.

    VCHS's offense isn't quite there yet. But thanks to the former, it hasn't mattered, as the Lady Vandals have raced out to a 2-0 start with a pair of defense-dominated double-digit wins.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 22


    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will serve a free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home, located at 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. No reservations are required. To make transportation or delivery arrangements, call First Baptist Church in Vandalia, 283-0313, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any weekday before Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    Saturday, November 24

  • Bombers win in new coach's debut

    Adam Bussard hoped to instill a defense-first mentality in his first year as Brownstown's boys basketball coach.

    And the early returns indicate he's done just that after the Bombers' season-opening 49-39 win over Mt. Olive Monday night at the Mulberry Grove Tournament.

    After closing the first half with a 14-1 run that erased a nine-point deficit and gave the Bombers a 27-23 lead at intermission, Brownstown held Mt. Olive to just 16 second-half points on 6-for-27 shooting.

  • South Central looks to join the NTC

    The National Trail Conference and South Central High School have always seemed to be a perfect match.

    Problem is, the Fayette County school never had a serious opportunity to court the storied small-school league.

    Until last week.

    Long reluctant to expand, the NTC officially welcomed Dieterich into the fold last Tuesday, bringing the number of member schools in the league to an undesirably uneven total of 11.

    South Central saw this development as an opportunity to make its move. And it did not hesitate to act.

  • Turnovers doom Vandals in season-opening loss

    EFFINGHAM - Under normal circumstances, 53 percent shooting from the field is more than good enough to earn a victory.

    And that's the shooting percentage the new-look VCHS boys basketball team finished with Monday night in its season opener.

    But, unfortunately for the Vandals, there was nothing normal about the circumstances they found themselves in against the host team at the Effingham-St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?

    Most of us could tick off a substantial list of things that are near and dear to us. And when we consider the plight of others around the world, we undoubtedly have ample reason to be grateful. Here are a few:

    Our family (which is a source of support and love through the good times and the bad).

    Our community (which, thanks to the commitment of many of our leaders and business owners, is growing and moving forward).

  • Memories of Thanksgiving on the farm

    One of my favorite childhood memories is of our family gatherings at my grandparents' farm to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    It was the one holiday when our entire family (on my mother's side, anyway) would get together. There must've been more than 50 of us on most Thanksgivings.

    In addition to mountains of great food, we had all kinds of other attractions on my grandparents' farm.

  • Remington family had Vandalia connection

    While not a common name among Vandalia citizens, Henry J. Remington, "closely related to the Remingtons of firearm fame," chose Vandalia as the place to live out his last years.

    Henry J. Remington was born on June 8, 1839, in Savoy, Berkshire County, Mass., the son of Aaron Remington, a veteran of the War of 1812. Both of Henrys grandfathers served in the Revolutionary War.

    He was an interesting enough fellow that the editors of the "Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County," published in 1910, included him in their volume.

  • Vandalia Main Street, Whiteman recognized by state

    Vandalia's Main Street Program and its manager were both recognized last week as being among the best in the state.

    A third award presented to the local program honored a new Vandalia business.

    At the 14th annual Illinois Main Street Conference in Danville, Vandalia Main Street was one of six community Main Street programs receiving a Premier designation. Also at the conference, Vandalia Main Street Program Manager Dana Whiteman was one of three finalists for manager of the year.

  • Firm offers to help county get E911

    A Lockport-based company has offered to Fayette County its assistance in making Enhanced 911 phone service available in this county.

    Mike Gende of GenDesign told county board members at their meeting last Tuesday that his company can provide the path to Enhanced 911, and at a monthly rate that is much lower than what was proposed in two earlier referendums in the county.

    Our goal is to help you overcome barriers in making Enhanced 911 phone service available to county residents, Gende said.