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Today's News

  • Powell continues work with Locks of Love

    Teresa Powell is a advocate for children with cancer who have lost their hair. In fact, Teresa is just passionate about kids.

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    Special luminaria – paper lanterns lit to represent those lost to cancer and those who have survived - will be showcased during the 17th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fayette County this Saturday.
    The Relay for Life will again be held at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia, but the time has been changed. This year’s event will be held from noon-midnight.

  • Cougars outfielders show off defensive skills

    GREENUP – His coach called it unbelievable.

    A long-time teammate said there must have been a trampoline in the outfield.

    His acrobatics left part of the crowd stunned and part of the crowd in a frenzy over one of the finest catches a person will see at the high school level.

    It was a good day to be South Central senior Austin Schwarm last Wednesday, as he made a leaping catch in left field to rob a two-run double, and also homered as part of a 16-hit barrage that gave the Cougars an 11-3 win against North Clay in the sectional semifinals.

  • Streetscape project going well

    Despite regular interruptions due to bad weather, Vandalia’s most-recent downtown streetscape project appears to be moving along at a good pace.
    “I think it’s going very well,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at last week’s city council meeting.
    The city’s director of public works agreed with the mayor.
    “It’s just going real good,” said John Moyer, giving good marks to the general contractor, Kinney Construction of Raymond. “They’re real particular.”

  • Riley betters time at state prelims

    As the only freshman in the 200-meter dash state preliminaries, South Central’s Chase Riley was facing tough odds as he competed against athletes who are closer to being men than boys.

    With the slowest qualifying time, Riley had little chance to make the event finals, but he was able to run a faster time than he did at sectionals and better his seed last Thursday.

    Running for the Patoka/South Central co-op, Riley ran the race in 23.87 seconds to finish 29th out of 31 runners on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Involving our youth

    As local residents involved in Vandalia’s tourism efforts discussed possible projects that could take advantage of grant funding through the state’s Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, two ideas surfaced.

  • Several Vandalia athletes named All-SCC

    One Vandalia baseball player and four softball players were named all-conference in the South Central Conference.

    Senior Amber Bruno garnered the school's only first-team selection, being named one of the best infielders in the SCC.

    Also receiving honors for the softball team were: senior Morgan Whightsil, second team outfield; Kylie Sellers, second team outfield; and Taylor Well, third team designated hitter/utility player.

    For the baseball team, senior shortstop Leyton Godoyo was the lone honoree.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia softball awards

    The Vandalia High School softball team held its banquet last Thursday, and coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards during the event.

  • Band Boosters 5K A Success

    The Vandalia High School Band Boosters held a successful 5K run on Saturday morning, with a large number of individuals participating. Above, the 5K runners take off from the starting line of the race. At left, Dorothy Crawford addresses the runners prior to the race. Below, the 5K walkers begin their walk.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (May 30)

    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.