Today's News

  • In Uniform

    PFC Ryan Schmollinger
    Private First Class Ryan Schmollinger, 18, of Shobonier, graduated from Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 16.

  • Reunions

    The 56th annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 15 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, with 79 in attendance.
    Those present discussed the family tree project that is in progress.
    The business meeting was called to order by the vice president, Virgil Richards. Jamie Elmore gave the 2012 minutes and treasurer’s report.
    Marcy Jones gave the historian’s report: one death, Everett R. Jarrett, on Dec. 20, 102; no marriages; and one birth, Rylee Jean Elmore, to Justin and Tasha Elmore on Dec. 1, 2012.

  • Patoka senior to take the hill in EIC Tournament title game

    VANDALIA – For Johnnie Clift, being a part of last season’s championship team in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament was a thrill.

    Now a senior, he wants to lead Patoka to back-to-back titles.

    Clift will have that opportunity on Thursday night, when the top-seeded Warriors meet No. 2 Brownstown/St. Elmo at 7 p.m. to decide the championship at Vandalia Mutual Field in a rematch of a 1-0 Patoka win from Sept. 11.

  • Vandals looking for first win at Litchfield

    VANDALIA – With the two quarterbacks to be featured in this Friday night’s game having combined for 583 passing yards last week, the defensive backs better be ready to play.

    Vandalia junior Collin Nestleroad and Litchfield senior Alex Hull will face off in a quarterbacking battle in Litchfield, as Vandalia searches for its first victory on the season against the 1-3 Purple Panthers, who have posted plenty of points this fall.

  • Passing game prolific, but Vandals struggle to find stops in loss

    VANDALIA – It’s been awhile since the Vandals had a passing performance like they got from junior Collin Nestleroad last Friday night.

    But his offensive showcase wasn’t enough to propel the Vandals to their first win of the season, as an inability to stop Roxana on third down allowed the Shells to pile up points in a 49-36 win to spoil Vandalia’s homecoming night.

  • Runkel returns to full health to record breakout game

    VANDALIA – The Vandals offense was finally back at full strength, and with that came a return to its best offense.

    And what that means is that senior C.J. Runkel’s production went up.

    Runkel doubled his carries and nearly doubled his season yardage total during last Friday’s 49-36 loss to Roxana.

    “C.J.’s leg is finally at 100 percent,” said coach John Stout. “He felt really good for the first time this week, and in our main offense, the fullback has to run a lot to set up other things.”

  • Lady Vandals finish second at own tournament

    VANDALIA – Prior to Saturday’s Vandalia Tournament, Lady Vandals coach Allison Hall wasn’t sure that it was going to be a good day for her team.

    With the homecoming football game and dance the night before, players could have sluggishly opened tournament play at 8 a.m.

    But instead, they showed they were going to do everything they could to have a strong showing for the home fans.

  • Vandalia evens conference record with win vs. Litchfield

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals had little trouble evening their South Central Conference record on Tuesday, defeating Litchfield in straight sets for the 10th overall win of the season.

    Junior Mercedes Reynolds paced Vandalia’s attack with eight of the team’s 23 kills, which is one short of the team’s season-high for a two-set match, and junior Johanna Walton added seven in the 25-16, 25-20 victory.

  • Fayette County selling real estate, mobile home items through sealed bids

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2009 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2010 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public. They will offer approximately eight real estate items and 10 mobile home items through a sealed-bid auction sale.

  • News Briefs

    Evans Library's Wee Read
    program is now under way

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia invites local youth to sign up for the library's Wee Read Program, "Have Book, Will Travel."
    The program is open to children age 3 through first grade. Children may sign up individually, or teachers may sign up their entire classes.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the program, and special events will be offered at the library in October to go along with the program.