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  • Two Lady Vandals get all-conference honors

    Two Lady Vandals have been named given South Central Conference all-conference honors.
    Olivia Marquardt of Vandalia was named to the first team, and teammate Lanee McNary was named to the third team.
    First team – Nancy Fritzsche, Greenville; Olivia Marquardt, Vandalia; Sammi Matoush, Hillsboro; Paige Niemeyer, Gillespie; and Shania Schoonover, Pana.
    Second team – Ally Cantrill, Greenville; Aubrey Funneman, Pana; Megan Hallemann, Greenville; Rachel Olroyd, Carlinville; and Aubry Rupert, Hillsboro.

  • Eagles' season ends at regional

    Altamont outscored St. Elmo/Brownstown by five points in the fourth quarter on Friday to win the regional title.
    The Indians held a 20-10 lead after one quarter, but the Eagles narrowed the gap to just two at halftime by outscoring Altamont 16-8 in the second quarter.
    The Eagles also had a scoring edge in the third quarter, 11-7, but Altamont took the regional title by outscoring St. Elmo/Brownstown 23-18 in the final quarter.
    Lewis Brown led the Eagles with 20 points and Isaac Maxey contributed 15.

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  • Two Vandals SCC all-conference

    Two Vandals were named to this year’s South Central Conference all-conference boys basketball teams.
    Nathan Casey of Vandalia was named to the first team, and teammate Blake Morrison was named to the second team.
    First team – Nathan Casey, Vandalia; Caden Heyen and Ben Lowis, Southwestern; Chad Stearns, Greenville; and Kaiden White, Hillsboro.
    Second team – Blake Morrison, Vandalia; Justin Bailey, Southwestern; Jacob Beeson, Pana; Brady Kinder, Staunton; Brock Nelson, Greenville; and Dale Paden of Hillsboro.

  • Eleven Vandal wrestlers are all-conference

    Eleven members of this year's Vandalia wrestling team have been named to the South Central Conference all-conference team, eight receiving first team honors.
    The South Central first team included:
    • 106 pounds – Jarek Wehrle, Vandalia
    • 113 pounds – Dakota Gasaway, Vandalia
    • 120 pounds – Will Carlile, Litchfield.
    • 126 pounds – Tanner Swain, Vandalia.
    • 132 pounds – Zack Stephenson, Vandalia.

  • No. 2 in the state

    Vandalia’s wrestlers completed one of the best seasons in the history of the program, and the school, by finishing as one of the top two teams in the state.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Brandon Michael David Kirkland
    Cheyenne Elizabeth Jean McNealy

    Tim Ewing Mason
    Jeanie Eileen Martin

    Benjamin James Sporleder
    Mary Violet Schilling

    Brandon Lee Hamm
    Micah Danielle Dugan

    Bryan Anthony Johnson

  • Early voting now available at county clerk's office

    Due to a ruling handed down by the Illinois Apellate Court, the Fayette County Clerk and Recorder’s office is now open for early voting for the March 20 primary general election.
    Early voting is available in room 106 in the Fayette County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19.
    Grace period voting is available until 7 p.m. on election night, March 20.


  • We Apologize

    As a matter of clarification, the apartment complex mentioned in a story about a shooting incident in last week's issue is owned by Heart and Homes, not Heart and Home Realty.
    We apologize for any misunderstanding.

  • Vandalia Police

    Feb. 26
    • 10:22 a.m. – An officer responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of St. Louis Avenue and Remann Street. The officer was unable to find anyone.
    • 4:45 p.m. – A two-vehicle accident was reported at Second and Gallatin streets. No other information was given.
    • 6:34 p.m. – Charles R. Gifford, 35, 404 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, was arrested in the 400 block of West Fillmore Street on a Fayette County warrant.
    • 8:34 p.m. – An officer took a report of a theft.