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Today's News

  • Well: AYP goals are not realistic

    Students in the Vandalia School District showed improvements in standardized test scores in math and science this year, but according to the state’s current yardstick, the district is failing.
    Superintendent Rich Well begs to differ.
    “The reality is that the goals they have set are a setup for failure,” Well said at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. “We improved our scores this year, but we didn’t meet the state’s standard – which goes up by 7.5 percent each year.”

  • Gallatin work about done

    The streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street is so far ahead of schedule that the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade can follow its long-standing route.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told city aldermen on Monday that the general contractor for the project, Mettler Development of Highland, has only some minor work left on the project for the time being.
    The contractor will be able to finish the project when the period street lights arrive at the beginning of December.

  • Speaker lists suicide warning signs

    As Dr. Elizabeth Ladin-Gross talked to area students and parents last week about suicide, she was speaking from experience.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Stinebring

    EFFINGHAM – By the time this season is finished, Brownstown senior Morgan Stinebring will have her name littered among the statistical leaders since coach Toby Harms took over the program in 1998.

    As the team’s primary setter, Stinebring, who has started since her freshman season, is already the school’s all-time leader in assists, with 687 through Monday, and is in the top five in several other categories.

  • Vandalia makes playoffs for first time since '08

    On the night they were honored for their years of dedication to the team, several seniors made big contributions last Friday night to a 20-14 win against Pana, which gave the Vandals an automatic berth to the football playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    “We told them at halftime, ‘Seniors, hopefully not, but this could be the last time you play on this field,’” said coach John Stout. “‘Think about all the times you have played on this field since fifth grade.’

  • Swofford gets 12th, Leiken 29th at state

    Two Vandalia juniors participated in the state golf tournament this past weekend, and both came away with top-30 finishes.

    Blake Swofford finished in a tie for 12th place at the boys tournament, and RaeChelle Leiken finished in a tie for 29th on the girls side.

    Leiken, who was making her third overall appearance at state, but her first at the Illinois state tournament, said she was disappointed in her finish at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.

  • Vandalia gets big win in Wollerman's final home game

    The night was all about the team’s lone senior, and by the end of the night, every varsity player that entered the game had given her a fitting tribute.

    Haley Wollerman has never missed a game in her four years with the Lady Vandals and has never taken a play off during a game. And by playing with that same desire, all her teammates helped lead Vandalia to a 25-19, 28-26 win last Thursday against Taylorville in Wollerman’s final home game.

  • Midland Trail volleyball title goes to South Central

    The South Central High School volleyball team finished with a perfect season in the Midland Trail Conference after winning the conference tournament last Friday.

    The win marked South Central's fourth straight in the tournament, and also marked the final MTC Tournament for the Lady Cougars (28-4), who next season will participate in the National Trail Conference

    It took the Lady Cougars three sets to get the championship game win against Woodlawn, winning the first set, 25-20; losing the second, 20-25; and winning the third, 15-5.

  • Lady Aces get comeback win

    ST. ELMO – The Mulberry Grove High School volleyball team allowed Beecher City to earn 18 aces through the first set and a half of an Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament game on Monday.

    But then something changed, and while coach Natalie Goestenkors isn't sure why that happens to her team so much, she doesn't mind as long as wins follow, just like on Monday during a 20-25, 26-24, 15-7 victory.

  • Brownstown struggling in tourneys

    EFFINGHAM – Small mistakes plagued the Brownstown High School volleyball team during the National Trail Conference and Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournaments this past week.

    With two wins in seven games over the two tournaments, the Lady Bombers did show some signs of improvement against Beecher City in the final game of the NTC Tournament on Saturday, during a 25-27, 25-17, 25-22 loss.