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Today's News

  • Twisters & TIF

    After Dennis Grubaugh’s request for city assistance to put a new roof on the Twisters building was tabled, Grubaugh asked for help in tearing it down.
    Both of those alternatives were discussed in the past week by a city advisory committee and the city council.
    Grubaugh initially asked for a $75,000 Tax Increment Financing grant for the roof replacement, estimated at $260,000, and the council tabled that request, asking for more information.

  • First Day of School
  • Bomb Technicians' Training

    All members of the Illinois Secretary of State bomb technicians and dog handlers were at Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School for training sessions late last week.

  • News Briefs

    Library now has Home School Group

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia now has a Home School Group.
    Home-schooling parents are invited to meet at the library to discuss home-schooling issues and other topics while their children socialize with each other and make a seasonal or holiday craft with the children's librarian.
    Meetings will be held twice a month from September to May, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m., at the library.
    For more information, contact Shawna Sprague, children's librarian, at 282-2824.

  • YMCA to offer new ball program in 2015

    VANDALIA – Traditional baseball and softball leagues for ages 9-14 will no longer be organized at the Family YMCA of Fayette County starting next summer, and another organization in Vandalia may offer a way to help continue the development of traveling teams.

    Starting next June, the YMCA will offer a five-week co-ed ball program for kids ages 9-14, which will better teach fundamentals, as well as expose youth to a broader spectrum of sports.

  • Defensive side of the ball should be improved for the Vandals

    VANDALIA – The Vandals allowed an average of 45 points per game last season and surrendered at least 40 in seven of the nine contests.

    But those days should be over.

    With sophomores, at times, making up half of the defense last season, it wasn’t a surprise that Vandalia faced some struggles.

    Now, those same sophomores will step into full-time starting roles, taking the final step in coach John Stout’s plan for the group.

  • Competition is early theme for Vandalia netters

    VANDALIA – Despite nine seniors on the Vandalia volleyball roster, there is still room for underclassmen to find plenty of playing time.

    With a freshman class that went to state as eighth-graders and several well-developed juniors, coach Allison Hall will have some decisions to make once play begins on Aug. 28 at St. Elmo.

    “We have a lot of kids competing for positions,” Hall said. “We’ll see who works the hardest and earns those positions.

    “They have to show me day in and day out they want to play.”

  • Vandals 8th at Hickory Stick

    VANDALIA – And another season opens.

    The Vandals began the season on Monday at the annual Hickory Stick Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course in East Alton-Wood River, placing eighth, 51 strokes off of the pace.

    Sophomore Richie Well led the Vandals with an 85 on the 18-hole course. Seniors Zach Schaal and Jake Bowen, and freshman Scott Shulman each shot a 96, and sophomore Alec Schroeder posted a 99.

  • Soccer hopes to continue earning wins

    VANDALIA – Following one of the best seasons in school history, the Vandalia soccer team is hoping to continue the momentum and earn even more victories.

    The 2-15-2 record from last season isn’t strong from a percentage standpoint, but after back-to-back winless seasons, it was a step in the right direction for the Vandals, half of whose roster is filled by returning players.

    “One thing is that we have a lot of the same kids,” said coach Walt Kinney. “It’s probably about half and half returning players and new players.

  • Ramsey Tournament opens next Monday

    The annual Ramsey Fall Baseball Tournament will again help kick off the season for several area teams.

    Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove will be joined by Odin in the round-robin event next Monday, Tuesday and Friday at Ramsey High School.

    Games will be at 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. each day, and all games will be on a time limit of 1 hour, 45 minutes.

    The team with the best record will be crowned champion, and in the event of a tie, the tie-breaking criteria are: head-to-head results, fewest runs allowed and fewest strikeouts on offense.