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Today's News

  • Doing battle with soybean cyst nematode

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale is helping Midwest soybean farmers combat a parasitic roundworm – the soybean cyst nematode, sometimes referred to as the “billion dollar pest.” And they are using the soybean itself to do it.

  • Waiting on the Weather

    Though area farmers got in a little fieldwork before the rains returned, much of that work came to a halt last week when heavy rains hit the area.

    This tractor and tillage equipment sits stranded in a soggy field north of Vandalia. Very little of the state's corn has been planted.

  • Local boy in contest for wheelchair vehicle

    Southern Bus & Mobility, a dealer for wheelchair accessible vans and buses along with wheelchair/scooter lifts and other mobility equipment, joins the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association  to kick off the third annual National Mobility Awareness Month.

  • Miller – Whalen

    Crystal R. Miller and Jacob C. Whalen of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding plans.

  • Three local Girl Scouts receive GS Silver Award

    Girl Scouts were shining stars during Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ (GSSI) All That Glitters Award ceremony on April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon.
    Each year, the banquet recognizes Girl Scouts from across Southern Illinois who achieve significant accomplishments in community service and leadership.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 96th birthday on April 24.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Laue-Kramer

    Brittney Leila Laue of Altamont and Brady Joseph Kramer of Farina were united in marriage in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, with the Rev. Robert Zwilling officiating.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Huskey family are pictured above. Dorothy Huskey, seated, is holding Mariah Mahon-Jackson.

    In back are Tonja Wilkerson, Jeanne Thomas and Gaige Jackson.

  • Schaal pitches Vandals to first back-to-back wins since '12

    VANDALIA – Preston Ruckman made sure arguably the best pitching performance of Zach Schaal’s career wasn’t wasted.

    Ruckman scored as a courtesy runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Schaal pitched a five-hitter, striking out 11 Pana hitters over eight innings, for a 1-0 win in last Friday’s South Central Conference opener to give the Vandals their first back-to-back wins in more than two years.

  • Lady Vandals on losing side of pitcher's duel

    VANDALIA – Senior Megan Godoyo extended her hitting streak to eight games, but that would be the only hit for the Lady Vandals on Tuesday, as they finished on the losing side of a pitcher’s duel.

    Deidre Ledbetter struck out 11, using a stifling rise ball to lead Altamont past Vandalia, 4-0.