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Today's News

  • Circle K & gaming machines

    As a representative of a company explained its desire to install gaming devices at its local convenience store to the Vandalia City Council, some aldermen expressed their concerns about that plan.
    John Stanisz, business manager for Circle K’s Midwest Division, told the council that even though state law states that gaming licenses can only be granted to businesses that have liquor licenses, “The intent (of Circle K) is to not sell alcohol.”

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    Separately, Rick and Maranatha Cripe have established and grown successful businesses. A couple of years ago, Rick brought up the idea of the two going together on a project.

  • Ledbetter signs with Greenville College

    Colin Ledbetter, a 2014 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play men's soccer at Greenville College, becoming just the second player in Vandalia soccer history to play in college.

  • Post 95 goes 2-2 at Greenville Tournament

    GREENVILLE – Post 95’s hopes of winning the Greenville College Sr. Legion Tournament were quickly dashed when eventual second-place finisher Florissant (Mo.) won the opening game 10-2.

    But after winning the next two games with strong efforts from the pitcher’s mound, Vandalia was hoping to salvage a 3-1 finish by beating New Baden for a second time this season.

    Post 95, however, had just two hits on offense, and its pitchers struggled to keep New Baden runners off base in an 8-0 loss on Saturday afternoon at Greenville High School.

  • Lady Vandals 2nd in summer tourney

    VANDALIA – Vandalia continued its summer volleyball schedule with a second-place finish to Effingham in its own tournament on Monday.

    The Lady Vandals defeated Olney in the semifinals of the playoff bracket, but lost a close match to Effingham in the title game to earn its second second-place finish of the summer. The team will play in seven tournaments during the summer.

    Vandalia held several leads against Effingham, but the Lady Hearts picked up five kills in the final 10 points to earn a 19-17 set win.

  • Girls take third in lone home shootout

    VANDALIA – Rising sophomore Emma Meyer scored 13 points, and the Lady Vandals held Altamont scoreless for the first 12:16 on their way to a 30-18 win in the third-place game of Tuesday afternoon’s Lady Vandal Shootout.

    Rising junior Karlie Bright made three straight layups as part of a 14-0 run to start the game, which featured two 16-minute halves, before Altamont made a pair of free throws with 3:44 left on the clock.

    Those shots sparked a 6-0 run for the Lady Indians, who kept Vandalia off of the board for the final 5:14 of the first half.

  • Vandals again finish tournament at 1-1

    VANDALIA – Though their overall record was worse, the Vandals still made the quarterfinals of the tournament in the second Vandal Shootout of the summer.

    Vandalia went 1-1 in tournament play last Friday for the second straight shootout, but went 2-6 overall, a drop from the 3-5 mark in the summer-opening event.

    In the tournament’s opening round, the Vandals knocked off Wayne City, 29-23.

  • Vandalia, SEB in third shootout

    Two local teams will be among 15 to take to the courts in the third Vandal Shootout of the summer, which will be held next Monday and Tuesday at the four schools in the Vandalia district.

    Vandalia’s varsity and junior varsity squads will be in the field, as will St. Elmo/Brownstown.

    Following pool play on Tuesday, a tournament will be played in the early afternoon. Games will be played at Vandalia Community High School, Vandalia Junior High School, Vandalia Elementary School and Jefferson Primary School.

  • Schaal Ks 15 in sweep of Centralia

    VANDALIA – Zach Schaal struck out 15 and was one of three players with two RBI as Post 95 broke a four-game losing streak with a 7-2 win against Centralia in the first game of Tuesday’s Jr. Legion doubleheader.

    Schaal struck out at least one batter per inning, and three times recorded three punch outs in an inning to even his season record at 2-2.

  • Superstitions in focus for Friday the 13th races in Brownstown

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    The 10th week of racing at Fayette County Speedway came on a beautiful June day last Friday night, with cool weather, green grass, a prepared race track and plenty of race cars.

    By all accounts, the perfect night for racing.

    Except, of course, that it was Friday the 13th and everyone knew to expect a big full moon rising from over the backstretch wall.

    Superstition is in the heart of all racers.