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Today's News

  • Outdoor opener goes well for track teams

    LITCHFIELD – Both the Vandalia boys and girls track teams earned three first-place finishes at their first outdoor meet of the season on Tuesday.

    Senior Quenten Austin won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and junior Sierah Ruffner won the high jump and was part of two winning relays teams to lead the way for each team.

    By the end, the boys placed third and the girls took fourth, leaving both girls coach Gena Nance and boys coach Jane Bell satisfied.

  • Coach Feezel honored by NTC and IBCA

    St. Elmo boys basketball coach Greg Feezel was recently named Coach of the Year by two entities.

    At the National Trail Conference banquet on March 12, Feezel was selected as the winner of the J.H. Griffin Coach of the Year Award. The Eagles had an 8-2 record in NTC play this past season to finish in a tie for second place.

    Feezel was also honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia wrestler awards

    Vandalia wrestling coach Jason Clay handed out several awards during the team's banquet last Thursday.

  • Prep roundup (March 29)

    Vandalia, South Central combine for 20 runs

    The Vandalia high school softball team picked up its first victory of the season in a 16-4 rout of South Central on Monday.

    Four Lady Vandals had three hits in the game, and four other players had an extra-base hit.

    Senior Molli Tedrick, who picked up her first win from the pitcher's circle with a complete-game effort, paced the offense with a 3-for-4 day, including three RBI and two runs.

  • Help needed for home track meet

    Volunteers are needed to help make Vandalia's first home track meet in years a successful one.

    The meet will be held next Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Anyone interested in helping at the meet should contact the high school at 283-5155 or boys track coach Jane Bell at 704-5515.

    Helpers will also be needed at the second home meet of the season, which will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 29)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are some recent achievements.

    Taylor Parrish, a 2011 graduate of Vandalia High School and a current freshman volleyball player at Franklin University was honored by the NCAA on National Student-Athlete Day.

    Parrish was one of 60 NCAA athletes in Indiana to be honored for "achieving excellence in academics and athletics while making a significant contribution to the community."

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  • NEW: Double fatality ruled suicide-homicide

     After an extensive investigation by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen into the Feb. 19 crash on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia, a conclusion as to the cause of the crash has been reached.

    Two people lost their lives in this crash, 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval  and 74-year-old Robert Norris of Vernon.

  • Vandals baseball game canceled

    Vandalia baseball vs. Ramsey has been canceled this afternoon due to the weather.

  • Card Shower

    Edna Irene Sidwell
    A card shower has been requested for Edna Irene Sidwell, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on April 3.
    She would appreciate cards from family and friends. Cards may be sent to: Edna Irene Sidwell, c/o Friendship Manor, 221 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Voicing Their Opinions

    Members of the Vandalia Woman's Club are shown writing letters to this area's U.S. senators and to Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) asking that they deny the transfer of land from the Shawnee National Forest to Peabody Coal Co.

    From left to right are Mary Truitt, Euna Francisco, Darleen McKenna, Grace Lebold, Rae Evans, Wilma Brown, guest Elaine Bush and Peg Dees.