Today's News

  • Area roundup: Hahn leads South Central girls to victory

    COWDEN — Abby Hahn put on a show in the season-opener.
    A sophomore guard, Hahn scored a career-high 30 points in the first game of the season as the South Central Lady Cougars knocked off Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 44-35, on Monday night in girls basketball action.
    "The girls played hard tonight to pick up a win in our first game of the year," South Central Coach Gary Kapper said. "We moved the ball pretty well and were patient in our offense for the most part. We just need to get more aggressive in attacking the basket when we can."

  • Lady Vandals heading to Litchfield tourney

    The Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team will be competing at the Litchfield McDonald's/Niehaus Cycle Girls Round Robin Tournament.
    The event features five teams — Mount Olive, Carlinville, Vandalia, Nokomis and host Litchfield.

  • Lady Vandals cruise in season-opener

    VANDALIA — A huge first-half spurt propelled the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team to a dominating 43-20 victory over Altamont on Tuesday night in the 2014-15 season-opener.
    The Lady Vandals forced turnover after turnover on one end, and used a balanced offensive attack on the other in the lopsided win.
    In fact, Vandalia put together a 19-0 run in the first half to pull away for good.
    Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said it was a great way to start the season.

  • Local players earn NTC volleyball honors

    The area was well-represented on the 2014 National Trail All-Conference Volleyball Team.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown's Gabi Moore and South Central's Maria Brasel were both recognized as first-team all-conference selections.
    Both schools also had two selections on the second team — St. Elmo/Brownstown's Elizabeth Guerrero and Emily Bone, and South Central's Emily Chapman and Diedra Schaal.
    Megan Nuxoll of Effingham St. Anthony was chosen as the conference's Most Valuable Player.

  • Vandals had memorable football season

    Call it a season to remember.
    After a disappointing 2013, the Vandalia Community High School football team bounced back nicely in 2014.
    The Vandals advanced to the playoffs, earning several memorable victories along the way. The team finished the season with a record of 5-5.
    "We rebounded this season," Vandalia Coach John Stout said. "We had a bad season last year (1-8). But the seniors rededicated themselves. I can't say enough about our senior class and the commitment they made in the offseason."

  • Winter sports practices under way

    Winter sports practices have arrived around the area and throughout the state.
    Vandalia Community High School is once again fielding teams in boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling.
    Here's a quick look at each team as the 2014-15 season arrives.
    Girls Basketball
    The VCHS girls basketball team was the first to begin practicing, as girls teams around the state started practices on Monday, Nov. 3.

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  • Calderaro joins the Law Group

    LeFcvre, Oldfield, Myers, Apke &. Payne Law Group Ltd. has announced that Ariana E. Calderaro has joined the firm in the practice of law.
    On Nov. 6, Calderaro was formally sworn in to the Illinois Bar.
    Calderaro was born in Pasadena, Calif., in 1986, and her family moved to Hannibal, Mo., in 1996.

  • FS Promotion Helps Varsity Club

    Representatives of South Central FS recently presented to the Vandalia Community High School Varsity Club a donation of $1,110, which was raised through a special promotion in September.

    During that month, FS donated one cent from every gallon of unleaded fuel sold at its Travel Center and Fast Stop. The promotion ties in with the FS slogan of "Supporting Our Community." Above, Trevor Apke (left), manager of the Travel Center, and Tina Tinker (center) manager of the FastStop, present the donation to VCHS Assistant Principal Greta Krueger.