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Today's News

  • Fourth of July activities in three area communities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated in three area communities.
    VANDALIA
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again providing a carnival in the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds. This year, the carnival is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    On Saturday evening, at dusk, the Lions will again provide the community’s fireworks display over the lake.
    FARINA
    The village of Farina’s Fourth of July celebration begins in the middle of Friday afternoon and runs until late that evening.

  • Hours cut likely at Statehouse

    While they hope to keep all of the state’s historic sites – including the Vandalia Statehouse – open, officials of the agency overseeing those sites are faced with reducing hours of operation.

  • Leak cleanup continues

    Three days after a leak at the Patoka Tank Farm, Marathon Pipeline operations are “pretty much back to normal,” according to a company spokesperson.

  • Post 95 reaches semis of Firecracker Classic

    Hitless games have been few and far between for Vandalia’s Brett Mueller this season.

    And after going hitless for back-to-back games for the first time in Sr. Legion action this summer, he bounced back with a hit in the semifinals of the 29th annual Mattoon Firecracker Classic.

    That single, however, was one of just four for Post 95 last Saturday, as Vandalia lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after being shut down, 4-0, by eventual tournament champion Mattoon.

  • Post 95 wins another District game

    VANDALIA – Jacob Behrends remained perfect with another complete game, Noah Powless drove in three runs and Post 95 rebounded from its first back-to-back losses with a 7-2 win against Salem in Sr. Legion District play.

    Behrends fired his second straight complete game, striking out seven to earn his third win in District action and move his overall record to 6-0.

    “He’s been throwing strikes like crazy,” said outfielder Austin Schwarm. “A big part of his success is that he doesn’t walk many people.”

  • Vandals have tough time in shootout

    The Vandals closed the home portion of the summer season with just one win last Thursday and Friday in the final Vandal Shootout.

    Vandalia beat St. Elmo/Brownstown, 59-41, in pool play for its lone victory. The Vandals lost to Litchfield, 34-25, in the first round of the tournament, after having won the first round game in the three previous events this summer.

    Vandalia finished the final shootout at 1-6, and closed the summer at 9-23.

    Nashville topped Princeton, Ind., 32-13 to win the final shootout.

  • Jr. Legion headed to Greenville College tournament

    Vandalia will spend the weekend at the Greenville College Jr. Legion Tournament, playing two games this Friday and Saturday in the inaugural event.

    Post 95 is in Pool A, and will face Shelby County at noon on Friday and take on Highland at 8 p.m. Both games will be played at Robert E. Smith Field on the campus of Greenville College.

    On Saturday, Vandalia meets Teutopolis at 1 p.m. and Carlyle at 5 p.m., with both games at Greenville High School.

    Winners of each pool will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Robert E. Smith Field.

  • PHOTO: Iron Sharpens Iron Wrestling Camp

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team recently traveled to the Iron Sharpens Iron Camp in DeWitt, Iowa. The Vandals placed fifth among more than 30 teams in the camp's dual team tournament. 

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (July 3)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • PHOTO: Local Bowlers Win State Championship

    The women's bowling team sponsored by H&R Block of Vandalia was the handicap team winner of the Illinois Women's Bowling Association State Championships.