Today's News

  • Wrestlers at State
  • Patoka ousts South Central

    Patoka jumped out to an early lead in defeating South Central in regional play on Tuesday night at Odin.
    Jared Cain scored 20 points as four Warriors hit double figures in the regional win.
    Patoka led 9-6 after one quarter and outscored South Center 13-8 in the second to take a 22-14 lead into the locker room.
    The Warriors increased their lead with a 12-10 edge in the third quarter and sealed the win by holding a 27-20 edge in the fourth.
    Patoka – Ja. Cain 20, Belcher 15, S. Cain 10, T. Back 12, Dy. Back 2, Organ 2.

  • Mulberry Grove eliminates St. Elmo/Brownstown

    Mulberry Grove advanced to the second round of the regionals by defeating St. Elmo/Brownstown, 53-47, in an overtime contest on Monday.
    Ty James scored 18 points for the aces, and Austin Redfern added 15 as the Aces advanced to a second-round game against No. 1 seed Odin on Wednesday.
    Mulberry Grove scored seven points in the opening quarter while limiting the Eagles to a basket by Cole Smithson.

  • Senior Vandals Honored

    Vandalia Community High School honored the senior members of the boys basketball team prior to last Thursday's final home contest of the year.

    From left, with their parents, are Collin Nestleroad, Robby Lott, Austin Durbin and Drake Dokey.

  • Joins 1,000 Point Club

    Jered Cain of Patoka scored the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career when the Warriors hosted Sandoval on Feb. 6.

  • Vandals top Staunton in regional play

    Two weeks after losing to Staunton on a three-pointer with less than 10 seconds left in the game, the Vandals exacted their revenge on Monday night.


    Kendrick Woolsey had lost to his heavyweight opponent from Belleville Althoff twice this season, both times by the narrowest of margins. But, when his team needed it the most, Woolsey defeated Rodney Baker.

  • Sheriff's scholarship available

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $ 53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-16 academic year.
    The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only.
    The student applicants must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith will be awarding one $500 scholarship.

  • Pentecosts raise funds for Brazil church

    During the flight home from his first missions trip to Brazil in 2013, the Rev. Daniel McDonald, pastor of First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia, felt a calling to provide a church for a Brazil village.

  • Two I-70 projects slated to begin next Monday

    Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner.
    But, in addition to warmer weather, the arrival of spring also signifies the start of road construction season.
    Two projects along Interstate 70 in Fayette County are scheduled to get underway soon, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    The first is the improvement of I-70 from milepost 62, a mile east of Vandalia’s eastern exit, to milepost 64.
    That improvement project is slated to begin on Monday and be completed by Nov. 16.