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Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Aug. 9)

    Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt University

  • Sports Briefs (Aug. 9)

    First Vandalia tennis practice is Aug. 14

    The Vandalia High School girls tennis team will hold its first two practices on Aug. 14-15 at the high school tennis courts, from 8-11 a.m.

    All athletes must have a physical on file to participate.

    Questions should be directed to coach Kevin Schroeder at 283-0212.

    First SC volleyball practice is Aug. 13

    The South Central High School volleyball team will hold its first practice on Monday, Aug. 13, from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball (July 30 and Aug.6)

    Monday, Aug. 6
    Game 1
    Riedle Law Firm 7
    Copper Penny 5
    Riedle: Marcus Smalls, 3 hits.
    CP: Joe Eddy, 2B.
    Game 2
    Riedle 9
    Copper Penny 8
    Riedle: Marcus Smalls, HR; Kyle Hawkins, 3B, 2B, GW hit.
    CP: Joe Eddy, 2B.
    Game 3
    Keck's Marsh 10
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    Keck's: Jon Lotz, HR; Dustin Murray, 2B.
    Game 4
    Keck's Marsh 13
    Montgomery Plumbing 2
    Keck's: Jon Lotz, HR, 2B; Andy Hipsher, 3B.

  • College News

    SIUC
    Christopher E. Jorandby received his master’s of fine arts degree in theater from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on May 12.


    Jorandby is the son of Eugene and Sharon Jorandby of rural Brownstown, and the grandson of the late Kathryn Tedrick Brooks of Vandalia.
    He also holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from SIUC.
    Jorandby is currently a props master for the McLeod Summer Playhouse production season at McLeod Theater on the SIUC campus.

  • School registrations

    Patoka  
    The Patoka School District will hold registration next week.
    The schedule is:
    • Grades K-8 – Monday, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tuesday, from noon-6 p.m.
    • Grades 9-12 – Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    The district office will be closed from noon-1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
    The book/lab and meal fees are unchanged from the last school year – $40 book and $10 lab fee for grades K-6; $45 book and $15 lab fee for grades 7-12.

  • Substitute teacher training is next week

    Regional Superintendent of Schools, Julie Wollerman recently announced that her office is offering free training for current and prospective substitute teachers from 9 a.m.-noon next Tuesday at the Alternative Education Building, located at 1805 W. Fletcher St. in Vandalia.
    Assistant Regional Superintendent Bill LaDage, will present this training.
    LaDage prepared for substitute teachers when he was a teacher, and he hired subs during his tenure as a principal for the Vandalia Community Unit School District.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Aug. 2 – French toast bake, sausage pattie, hash browns, orange juice, fresh fruit and whole wheat bread.
    Friday, Aug. 3 – Fish on bun, creamy cole slaw, bean salad and peaches.
    Monday, Aug. 6 – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, spinach, blushing pears and graham crackers.
    Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Turkey tetrazzini, green peas, glazed carrots, orange and whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Chicken salad on bun, tomato medley, kidney bean salad and cantaloupe.

  • 'The Blacksmith King'

    The daughter of Vandalia natives Barry and Mindy Barenfanger has released her first novel at the age of 15.

  • MGHS class holds 60-year reunion

    The Mulberry Grove High School class of 1952 celebrated its 60th reunion on Friday evening, June 1, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

  • Kerkhoff Honored

    The Council of Catholic Women of Mother of Dolors Parish recently honored Rebecca Kerkhoff by nominating her to be a "Woman of Distinction."

    She was recently presented that award by Bishop Paprocki during a Mass in Springfield. She was cited for her volunteer efforts at the church, The Pantry in Ramsey, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia and the Catholic Charities office in Effingham. Pictured with Kerkhoff, left, are Paprocki and Connie Simburger, president of Mother of Dolors Council of Catholic Women.