Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 29

  • Changes to area sports schedule

    Due to the recent rains, several games have been rescheduled around the area.

    So far reported are:

    •South Central baseball vs. Windsor is now on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. in Kinmundy.

    •St. Elmo baseball vs. Neoga is now on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. -- THIS GAME HAS BEEN CANCELED

    •Vandalia soccer vs. Greenville is now on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

  • NTC Tournament schedule released

    The schedule for this season's National Trail Conference baseball tournament has been released.

    Games will start on Friday, with two local teams in action.

    South Central has the No. 1 seed in the event.

    Friday, Sept. 28
    •Game 1: 4 p.m. – (9) Brownstown at (8) Dieterich
    •Game 2: 4 p.m. – (10) Beecher City at (7) St. Elmo

  • Senior Spotlight: Jeff Lucken

    At just 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Vandalia senior Jeff Lucken isn’t a typical football lineman.

    But he doesn’t care.

    The list of successful football players of Asian decent is short.

    But he doesn’t care.

    Some of the biggest rivals in the South Central Conference will bring offensive linemen with much more girth.

    But, again, he doesn’t care.

    And why should he?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured about 35 years ago, grew up in the Vandalia area.

  • Despite fumbles, Vandals win for homecoming

    The Vandals scored on their first offensive play of the game, and despite losing seven fumbles after that, Vandalia still came away with a big 47-6 win against Litchfield last Friday in front a large homecoming crowd.

    Senior Alex Newsom rushed nearly untouched for 49 yards on the first play. It was the third time he has gained more than 30 yards on Vandalia's first play this season.

  • Football notes: Vandals can become playoff eligible

    Following this Friday’s game against Hillsboro, the Vandals hope to be playoff eligible.

    Carrying a 4-1 record into the game, Vandalia will be in search of its fifth win to put a check mark next to the season’s first big goal.

    “That is one of our goals, and then we start working for seeding after that,” said coach John Stout. “It’s a big game for us on Friday night.”

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was continuing to fight the spread of odor from its sewage treatment plant on the north edge of town.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new welcome sign, which resembles the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Charles Metzger received a pin for 50 years of service with Temperence Lodge No. 16 in Vandalia.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a four-way stop at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street.

  • The lost 'Brick Cemetery' has been found

    I write a bi-monthly genealogy and history query column for The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper, and one of the first questions I was asked came from a gentleman in Dallas, Texas.

  • Enjoy this weekend's Grande Levée events

    Every year, residents of the Vandalia area are treated to a glimpse into our past during the Grande Levée celebration. As we enjoy that annual trip back in time, we have the opportunity to learn more of our heritage.
    That opportunity is upon us. This Friday evening and all day Saturday, we will be able to enjoy the unique activities of the Grande Levée.