Today's News

  • Eggs-citing weekend

    Easter weekend featured a variety of activities in Fayette County.

  • Vandals drop doubleheader to Okawville

    Vandalia squandered opportunities to win both games of a doubleheader against Okawville on Saturday, leaving the team at what may become an early-season crossroads.

    After starting 6-3, the two losses came from a team that has struggled for many years, and if the Vandals don’t learn from their mistakes, the season could go in the wrong direction.

    “We will come away from this day learning some things,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We’ll have to be tough mentally.

  • LaDage named assistant regional superintendent

    The new assistant regional superintendent of schools for this area is a familiar face to educators in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, and especially to those in Vandalia.

  • Vandal notes: Godoyo shows bounce-back ability

    A day after striking out four times, Vandalia junior Leyton Godoyo put the struggles behind him and had six quality at-bats during a doubleheader against Okawville.

    The Vandals lost both of those games on Saturday, but Godoyo getting himself straightened out was definitely a bright spot.

    “He had a rough day yesterday, but he rebounded well for us today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Once he bunted for a hit, you knew he would have a nice day.”

  • Child batterer gets 11 1/2 years in prison

    A Vandalia man has agreed to serve 11½ years in prison for the aggravated battery of a child.
    Jason A. Eller, 34, 1320 W. Madison St., entered an Alford plea to the offense in front of Judge Allan Lolie Jr. in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to committing the crime, but does admit that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
    Aggravated battery of a child is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Vandals win first meet at new VCHS facility

    Vandalia welcomed threeteams to town for the first high school meet here since the 1980s, and the home teams didn’t disappoint a decent-sized crowd.

    The boys team placed first in 12 of 18 events to win, and the girls added six top finishes to place second last Thursday during a meet that was slowed just once.

    Boys coach Jane Bell had been admittedly nervous going into the meet, and when it ended with the only delay having been due to the set-up of the 300-meter hurdles, she was satisfied.

  • Lady Vandals have tough week with three losses

    The Lady Vandals ended a tough week with a poor defensive performance in an 18-2 loss to Altamont on Tuesday.

    Vandalia committed 10 errors during the game and struggled against the hard-throwing Katie Lang of Altamont, getting seven base runners in five innings.

    Altamont jumped out to just a 2-0 lead in the first inning, despite four errors from Vandalia, but the Lady Vandals were able to get a run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by senior Alex Henna.

  • PHOTOS: Ramsey softball wins

    The Lady Rams defeated Neoga, 8-2, last Wednesday.

  • Patoka tops Aces in local rivalry

    MULBERRY GROVE – Though Patoka’s offense got somewhat stagnant after building a lead on Monday, the Warriors came away with a 7-3 victory against local rival Mulberry Grove.

    Patoka scored twice in each the first, second and fourth innings, but entering the fifth with a 6-1 advantage seemed to take the aggressiveness out of the Warriors, who would have just one runner in the fifth and sixth innings.

  • The Next Level: College/professional athlete roundup (April 12)

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

    •Earnest, a Vandalia grad, will bowl with Vanderbilt in the NCAA Championships from April 12-14 in Wickliffe, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. If the Commodores make the championship game, it will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. central time on the 14th.

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Lexington Legends