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Today's News

  • Council increases reward in caboose case

    Five days after the Vandalia Police Department offered a reward for help in finding out who damaged the Little Red Caboose, the city council more than doubled the reward amount.

  • City gets funds for Sunset work

    The city of Vandalia on Tuesday received state transportation funds to cover the costs of preliminary work on a project to upgrade Sunset Drive.
    The $150,000 in reallocated money was presented to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon). It will be used for design and engineering work on the portion of Sunset Drive between Jefferson Street and Veterans Avenue.
    “This will get the project ‘shovel ready’ when other funding becomes available,” said Gottman.

  • Weather delays line extensions

    The Vandalia City Council met for only about 15 minutes on Monday, and much of what was discussed was, of course, about the weather.
    One of the few decisions made by the council was to give a contractor two more weeks to complete the extensions of water and sewer lines in the city’s west Interstate 70 interchange.

  • Major meth conviction

    A Vandalia man faces a prison sentence of up to 120 years after being convicted of four methamphetamine offenses last week.
    A jury found Michael Fickes guilty on the felony offense at the conclusion of a three-day trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Fickes, 40, was convicted of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing (400-900 grams), participation in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession of meth-manufacturing materials and unlawful disposal of meth-manufacturing waste.

  • Vandals fight to finish despite odds

    BLOOMINGTON – Tasked with beating arguably one of the best small-school wrestling teams in Illinois history, the Vandals put forth one of their best efforts of the season against Dakota in last Saturday’s state quarterfinals.

    But even at their best, it wouldn’t be enough for the Vandals to get past the eventual state champions, who won 11 of 14 bouts in a 45-9 victory.

    “We battled them hard, all the way through,” said coach Jason Clay. “We didn’t give them anything or curl up into the fetal position.

  • Wrestling season was one of Vandalia's best

    It was one of the best winters ever for the Vandalia wrestling program, with the Vandals seemingly adding to their list of accomplishments on a weekly basis.

    Starting with a team championship at the Civic Memorial Tournament on Dec. 7 and ending in the state quarterfinals last Saturday, the season was peppered with milestones, tournament titles and big dual wins.

    Below is a season summary, featuring the achievements of the team and each individual wrestler.

  • HARNER: Flawed system hurt Vandals' shot at state trophy

    BLOOMINGTON – The Vandals went into last Saturday’s state quarterfinal dual against top-ranked Dakota truly believing that they could be giant slayers.

    They battled with acute focus in each bout, surrendering just two pins, holding eight bouts to minor decisions and taking two bouts into overtime.

    By the end of the match, there was little doubt that Dakota – a 45-9 winner – was the superior team, but by the end of the state tournament, it was clear that Vandalia had wrestled the Indians better than any other team.

  • Warriors earn first regional title in 25 years with win vs. Odin

    MULBERRY GROVE – Two of Patoka’s players scored 80 percent of the team’s points in last Friday’s regional championship game, but it was smaller contributions from several others that ultimately gave the Warriors their first regional title in 25 years.

  • Odin struggles to contain Cain, Clift in title game

    MULBERRY GROVE – Johnnie Clift was his old reliable self.

    Jered Cain found another level.

    Together, they led Patoka to its first regional championship since 1989 by scoring 55 of the team’s points in last Friday’s 68-61 win against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Regional.

    Cain, a standout freshman, had a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Clift, a fourth-year starting senior, had a double-double, with 23 points and 10 boards.

  • Warriors have improved since season-opening loss to Odin

    MULBERRY GROVE – When Patoka opened the season on Nov. 25 against Odin at the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament, there were a lot of unknowns.

    Gone was the team’s best post player from a year before and a scrappy guard, and in to replace them were a talented freshman and a junior transfer student.

    And on that night, the Warriors lost.

    The 67-62 defeat was the first of six losses on the season, but that five-point margin turned out to be the third widest margin in a loss during the regular season.