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Today's News

  • School board likely to vote Tuesday on discontinuing open campus at VCHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education is likely to vote next Tuesday night on closing the Vandalia Community High School campus.

    If approved, VCHS students will no longer be allowed to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day, including lunchtime.

    Based on discussions at a public meeting on Monday evening, there is heavy sentiment for Vandalia to become the final district within Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties to go to a closed campus.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 14

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Friday, February 15

  • Seven Vandal wrestlers heading to state

    Five Vandalia wrestlers won titles Saturday at the Class A Robinson Sectional, and a grand total of seven VCHS grapplers will be heading to Champaign this weekend for the individual state tournament.

    Seniors Josh Eller (112), Cody Pyle (135), Adam Bowling (145), Matt Shroyer (189) and Nate Stone (285) all won championships in their respective divisions, while senior Curtis Hemminghaus and sophomore Alex Foster clinched their first-ever state appearances with thrilling wins in their respective third-place matches.

  • Lady Vandals in regional final

    The Lady Vandals advanced to the championship game by virtue of a 52-35 win over Effingham St. Anthony on Thursday night.

    Vandalia, which is now 22-4, will face Teutopolis in the championship game, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m. at VCHS.

    For more information, check out the Sports section of our Web site.

  • Lady Vandals advance to regional title game

    In fitting fashion, the Vandalia girls basketball team broke the program's single-season wins mark by dominating on the defensive end against an overwhelmed St. Anthony squad Thursday, rolling to a 52-35 victory in a semifinal game of their own Class 2A Regional.

    Vandalia (22-4) will go for its first regional title since 1993 tonight at 7:30 against Teutopolis. The Lady Wooden Shoes (26-4) will be shooting for their 17th regional crown.

  • Should VCHS be closed campus?

    If you drive in the area of Vandalia Community High School around noon, its clear that the school has an open-campus lunch hour. In all kinds of weather, dozens of students can be seen walking to nearby fast-food restaurants and convenience stores.

    Should we care if high school students eat their lunch at school or go to one of the fast-food restaurants within walking distance? What are the concerns, the potential liabilities, the disruptions to the educational process that would prompt school officials to consider closing the campus?

  • Lincoln Museum worth the wait

    “The luck of the third adventure is proverbial,” writes Elizabeth Barrett Browning. When translated, that means, "Third time’s a charm."

    Well, third time was a charm for me, recently, because along with my husband and son, I finally made it to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield.

    What an experience!

    The parking garage across the street makes access to the museum easy, and from the moment we entered the "gateway" or portal, we were greeted with smiles and knowledgeable volunteers and staff.

  • Obama holds slight edge over Clinton here

    Barack Obama posted an overwhelming victory in Illinois on Super Tuesday, but he edged Hillary Clinton by only a slight margin in Fayette County.

    In this county, Obama defeated Clinton by only 34 votes, 1,093-1,059. Clinton, however, did win the majority of 24 states in the contest for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election.

    On the Republican ballot, John McCain posted a comfortable victory both statewide and in Fayette County. Here, McCain garnered 1,119 votes, while Mike Huckabee had 648 votes and Mitt Romney received 436 votes.

  • Storm damages South Central High School

    Students at South Central High School were not in class on Wednesday morning, but many of the teachers showed up for work though they were doing work of a different kind.

    Instead of giving lectures or tests, those teachers were busy helping district employees take care of storm damage.

    The roof covering over the high schools library and media center was ripped off by high winds that were part of a major storm that moved through the area on Wednesday night.

  • Closed campus discussion is Monday night

    The Vandalia Board of Education will hold a roundtable discussion next Monday about the possibility of moving to a closed-campus lunch hour.

    The roundtable, during which the public is invited to discuss the issue with school board members, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Community High School cafeteria.

    The purpose of the meeting, Superintendent Rich Well said, is to allow for a conversation between administrators, staff, parents and community members.