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Today's News

  • Leiken ninth after day one, Swofford 17th at state golf tournaments

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken is tied for ninth after the first day of the Class 1A girls state golf golf tournament in Decatur, also shooting the only two eagles in the tournament.

    She eagled holes 4 and 6 at Red Tail Run Golf Course, which are both par four.

    Leiken trails by six strokes after day one. She is in the last group to tee off on Saturday, beginning at about 10:27 a.m. on hole 1.

    Vandalia senior Blake Swofford is tied for 17th after the first day of the Class 1A boys state golf tournament in Bloomington.

  • Five local players named All-NTC in baseball

    Four South Central players and one from St. Elmo were named all-National Trail Conference.

    Dan Diss, Fischer Tharp and Noah Powless were named all-conference for South Central, joining St. Elmo's Connor Beasley. South Central's Kyle Bray was named honorable mention.

  • EIC Volleyball Tournament schedule announced

    The Egyptian-Illini Conference Volleyball Tournament schedule has been released. St. Elmo High School will host all games.

    Monday, Oct. 15 (Pool A)
    •5 p.m. – Brownstown vs. Patoka
    •6 p.m. – Beecher City vs. CORL
    •7 p.m. – Patoka vs. Beecher City
    •8 p.m. – CORL vs. Brownstown

  • Swofford, Leiken advance to state

    Two Vandalia seniors will be taking part in state golf tournaments this weekend.

    Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken each placed high enough in their respective sectionals to qualify for their gender’s state tournament, which both will be played on Friday and Saturday.

    Leiken shot an 86 at the Teutopolis Sectional, which was played at Effingham Country Club, to place 11th and beat the cut-off for state by four strokes. Last Wednesday, Leiken was the medalist at the same course during the Effingham Regional, shooting an 81.

  • Vandals charge into playoffs

    PIASA – Vandalia had to work for each of its offensive yards on Saturday, but once the game was over, it was the Vandals who were celebrating an automatic berth to the playoffs.

    Senior Tim Ritchey had his best rushing and passing days of the season, accounting for four total touchdowns and 244 yards, as the Vandals picked up their sixth win of the season with a 36-14 victory at Southwestern.

  • Football notes: Goal is to finish strong

    With postseason qualification secured, the Vandals will now shift their focus to getting the highest playoff seed that they can.

    And neither of the next two games will be easy wins.

    Vandalia travels to Pana (4-3) on Friday and will host Greenville (6-1) next Friday in the final two games before the postseason starts, and coach John Stout said that the opposition doesn’t matter as well as the team executes well.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman was about 15 when this picture was taken nearly 70 years ago.

  • Lady Vandals get to 20 wins

    HIGHLAND – The Lady Vandals earned their 20th win of the season and senior RaeChelle Leiken was named to the all-tournament team as Vandalia placed fourth at the Highland Invitational this past weekend.

    Leiken recorded 39 kills and five aces in the five matches, during which the Lady Vandals went 2-3 to move their season record to 21-4.

    Vandalia and Wesclin were the only Class 2A schools in the tournament, and the Lady Vandals fell to Class 4A O’Fallon and Class 3A Breese Central and Highland, while defeating Wesclin and Class 3A Carbondale.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on four tracts of land. The offer included three tracts at or near the former site of the Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory and a vacant lot in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.
    Brownstown School District officials and district teachers were to meet with a mediator concerning a new contract for the teachers.

  • Protect yourself, possessions with common sense

    Each day, the Vandalia Police Department issues to the media a list of the calls its officers responded to the previous day.
    In the report we received on Monday, it wasn’t hard to pinpoint what the officers were focused on last weekend. Of the 11 items listed for Sunday, seven of them were burglaries to motor vehicles. Most were within eight or 10 blocks of the downtown area.