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Today's News

  • Bowling at State Tournament

    The five local bowlers pictured above will compete in the Illinois Pepsi State Championships May 11-12 in Addison.

    More than $80,000 in college scholarships will be awarded at that event. Pictured above, from left to right, are Sophia Richardson, Aurora Richardson, Kobi Stokes (front), Kyle Miller and Madison Ferguson.

  • Fourth at State Free Style

    Baelynd Brown, left, and Tanner Swain both earned fourth-place finishes at the Free Style State Championships at the University of Illinois Armory in Champaign over the weekend.

    Brown had a 1-2 record in the Intermediate 60 class, and Swain was 2-3 in the Schoolboy 120 class.

  • Greenville blanks Lady Vandals Monday

    Greenville held Vandalia to just one hit in a five-inning contest on Monday.

  • Bombers record two victories this week

    Landon Feezel tossed a three-hitter as Brownstown/St. Elmo defeated Beecher City/Cowden Herrick, 12-2, on Tuesday.

  • Patton back in the majors

    The South Central High School graduate who made his major league debut last fall has returned to the majors.

    The Texas Rangers on Monday called up Spencer Patton from its Class AAA affiliate, Round Rock, as it sent down Roman Mendez.
    Patton, a right-hand reliever, has had a strong season at Round Rock, having an ERA of just .096 after giving up just one earned run in eight appearances.
    In those eight appearances, Patton has struck out 14 batters while walking four and giving up eight hits. Opponents’ batting average against him was .216.

  • Two more girls track records fall

    Two more school records were set as the Lady Vandals finished fourth at the South Central Conference track meet in Roxana on Tuesday.
    Emma Meyer set a new mark in the triple jump, at 33 feet 4½ inches, and Anna Miller set the school record in the 300-meter hurdles at 48.93 seconds.
    Meyer recorded three firsts for the Lady Vandals, taking the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.99 seconds and winning the pole vault with a 10-foot vault.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three sisters are from the Woodyard area. One lives in Chicago, one lives in Tennessee and one lives in Brownstown.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kyle Barker uploaded to Vandalia Memories on Facebook this photo of Flack's Hotel.

    In 1836, Col. Robert Flack took over the the three-story frame building and operated it under the name of Vandalia inn. The building originally stood at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets and was later moved a block south to Johnson Street.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Representatives of several Vandalia businesses participated in Vandalia Night ceremonies at Busch Stadium.
    Jeremy Miselbrook and Jill Neal were crowned king and queen at the South Central High School prom.
    Fayette County Hospital received state-of-the-art mammography equipment.

  • Relatives tell about Bosco Sears

    I can still remember the way she said the name Bosco Sears and then shuddered.
    I was visiting with Bernice Spires, in Bingham when her 90-year old brother, Wilbur Meyer, stopped for a visit. Uncle Wilbur had made the acquaintance of some long-lost Sears relatives in Bond County and had come to tell Grandma of his findings.
    The talk continued on to other Sears’ relatives, and then she said the name as if dredged up from a long-distant memory – “Bosco Sears – ooh, I was afraid of him. He was mean.”