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Today's News

  • Local schedule/scoreboard

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship - Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game - Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 - Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

    Alton-Marquette 5, Vandalia 3

  • Grand slam propels Marquette over Vandals

    Thomas Hentrich's fourth-inning grand slam knocked the wind out of the VCHS baseball team Monday, turning a scoreless pitcher's duel between Hentrich and VCHS sophomore TK Kinkead into a comfortable 4-0 Alton-Marquette lead.

    Fortunately, the Vandals were eventually able to get their breath back.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't in time to pull out a come-from-behind win on an otherwise picturesque Senior Day, as a seventh-inning rally fell a little short in a 5-3 nonconference loss to the Knights.

  • Mahon off to 8-0 start at KC

    Kaskaskia College's Logan Mahon could not have dreamed up a better first year as a Blue Devil.

    The St. Elmo grad earned his eighth victory, against no defeats, in a 4-1 win over John A. Logan Junior College recently. Mahon, who worked five innings, allowing three earned runs. He fanned six hitters and walked four.

  • Hemminghaus to play football at Illinois College

    Curtis Hemminghaus has always been enamored with hitting - whether it be the weight room or opposing players on the football field.

    And, in a matter of a few weeks, he'll be hitting the books at Illinois College in pursuit of a degree related to one of his other favorite things.

    "I know I want to be a teacher," said the VCHS senior. "I think I want to start out teaching biology, because that's my passion. I really like it."

  • Booher one-hits Bombers again, drives in game-winner

    Strange as it sounds, Colton Booher was starting to seriously question his ability to hit a baseball Tuesday night.

    To such a degree, that following the St. Elmo senior's second strikeout against Brownstown ace Jared Winters, Booher stepped outside the dugout, tossed a baseball up in the air, and proceeded to smash a long drive into the woods adjacent to the first base dugout at Deken Park - just to remind himself what it felt like to make contact.

  • Wall vandalism is unacceptable

    As noted in two letters to the editor, printed elsewhere on this page, the Veterans Wall at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia has been the target of vandals recently.

    Though no form of vandalism makes sense, this one is especially disturbing. In a time when patriotism runs high and our society honors the sacrifices of our men and women who have served or are serving in the military, it's baffling that anyone would feel the need to deface a monument such as the wall.

  • Uncle Jake's Model T Ford still kicking

    My dad, Edmund Torbeck, was born and reared one mile south of St. Paul in Wilberton Township.

    The farm on which he was reared was also the birthplace of his mother, Anna Yund, and had been given to her by her parents when she married Henry Torbeck in 1903.

    About a mile south of dads house lived his mothers bachelor brothers, Jacob and Albert Yund. Their unmarried sister, Wilhelmina "Minnie," moved in with them following their mothers death in 1929.

  • New budget includes new pumps at Vandalia Lake

    The city of Vandalias budget for the coming fiscal year is pretty much like the current budget, as far as the total and some of the projects being funded.

    But it does include some new items, including monies for an important infrastructure project.

    The new budget has a bottom-line total of $13.4 million, which City Administrator Jimmy Morani said is unchanged from the current budget.

  • Dedication, ribbon-cutting held for KC Vandalia Campus

    "I am pleased to say that now, Vandalia is truly a college town."

    Speaking at the dedication of the new Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus last Friday, KC President Dr. James Underwood said that the new facility on West Fillmore Street became a reality only because so many people in the community worked toward that goal.

  • Soil and water conservation district, Extension learn that state funds being released

    Under the bright sunshine on a warm spring afternoon, Vandalia sixth-graders ventured out of the classroom to learn about Vandalia Lake, water quality, soils and other conservation issues. A week ago, the agency that organized Vandalia Lake Appreciation Day were thinking that Mondays event would be the last of its type.