Today's News

  • Lady Vandals earn tourney title at Effingham

    EFFINGHAM — The Vandalia Lady Vandals lost a game and won a tournament.
    The Vandals suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night. But moments later, they were posing with a trophy.
    Pana edged Vandalia, 47-46, on the final night of the Effingham Round-Robin Girls Basketball Tournament. But despite the loss to the Lady Panthers, the Lady Vandals were crowned the tourney's champions after going 3-1 in the annual event.
    "It's bittersweet," Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said. "A few things just didn't go our way at the end.

  • Vandals unable to win at Okawville tourney

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's last-second shot was off the mark, and the Gibault Catholic Hawks held on for a 71-68 win over the Vandals on Saturday afternoon at the Okawville Invitational.
    The Vandals nearly overcame an 11-point deficit in this one, and they had a chance to tie the game on their final possession. But the late comeback fell just short, as Gibault survived a scare.
    Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said he was proud of his team's effort.

  • Vandals suffer tough loss to Okawville

    OKAWVILLE —After a disappointing loss to start the Okawville Invitational, the Vandalia Vandals were looking to bounce back in a big way.
    It didn't happen.
    Host Okawville blew out Vandalia, 79-49, on Wednesday night.
    The Vandals suffered a lopsided loss to Madison on the opening night of the tourney. And one night later, it was more of the same, as the Vandals didn't get enough defensive stops and couldn't get much going offensively.


    The Vandalia Lady Vandals pose after winning the Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Vandals went 3-1 in the tourney.

    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Two rail cars derail near Mulberry Grove; section of Old Ill. Route 140 closed temporarily


  • Tea Party changes dates of meetings, re-elects officers

    Conflicts on meeting dates was a major topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party.
    In the future, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
    It was noted that the annual report on tea party officers and directors is due soon.
    As a result of voting, President Todd Slingerland, Secretary David Schaefer and Treasurer Jane Willenborg were re-elected to new terms.
    Directors of record are Patty Russell, Roger Stevens and Wayne Russell.

  • Salvation Army workers collect more than $14,000

    The 2014 Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign in Fayette County raised more than $14,000.
    This was the result of more than 270 hours of volunteers ringing the bells and shoppers donating money at the red kettles placed at Walmart, Rural King and County Market.
    The money raised is used excusively in Fayette County to help families who face a financial crisis due to illness, disability, fire, medical emergency or other unforeseen event.
    This interdenominational ministry will help more than 450 individuals and families throughout the year.

  • Ryan hired at NY university

    Dr. Ryan M. Jones has accepted a teaching position at State University of New York in Geneseo.

    Jones is teaching Latin American history and is part of a cluster interdisciplinary hiring initiative that includes faculty members intent on working together across departments for research projects and teaching.
    Jones is the son of Janice and Jerry Jones of Ramsey, and the grandson of Virda Forbus and Shirley Jones of Vandalia.

  • Births

    Aubree Elise Gaylord
    Mikayla Roach and Andrew Jordan Gaylord of Troy are the parents of a girl born at 7:08 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2014, at a St. Louis, Mo., hospital.

  • Catholic Daughters members hear reports

    The Mother of Dolors’ Catholic Daughters meeting on Jan. 5 was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened with the pledge to the flag and one decade of the rosary for Brian and Virginia Garner. Everyone was asked to finish this rosary on their own.
    Correspondence included thank-you cards from Bonnie Murray, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, and a letter from George Green with correct address for his mother, Gertrude Green.