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Today's News

  • Former librarian pleads guilty

    The former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning.
    Terri E. Gillespie signed an open guilty plea to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 of government funds.
    An open plea resulted from plea bargaining through which Gillespie admitted committing the theft, but terms of a sentence were not agreed upon.

  • PHOTOS: First Annual St. Elmo Kickball Tournament

    The St. Elmo Tourism Committee held its first annual kickball tournament in Deken Park on Saturday morning, with three teams competing.

  • PHOTO: National champion tumbler

    Vandalia resident Kassidy VanUytven, 8, recently won a gold medal in tumbling at the AAU Jr. Olympics in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Keith and Kayla VanUytven.

  • Von Behren hired by Maryville University

    A Vandalia Community High School graduate has been hired as the head baseball coach at Maryville University, a Division II school in St. Louis.

    Seth Von Behren is the ninth coach in Maryville’s history, and the Saints will be the fourth team he has coached for at the collegiate level.

  • Leiken wins SIGA player's title

    Rising Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken won the player's championship and the points championship on the Southern Illinois Golf Association's Jr. Tour.

    With a 72, Leiken won the SIGA JGT Vogler Ford-Linoln-Mazda Player's Championship by seven strokes in the 16-18-year-old girls division at Franklin County Country Club on Monday.

    It was Leiken's 10th victory of the summer in 12 events, giving her a wide margin in the points championship, which she won, 160.25-139.

  • PHOTOS: Cardinals Motorcycle Powers Through Town

    Hobi Timmons of Germantown and his award-winning customized St. Louis Cardinals Harley Davidson motorcycle made a stop in Vandalia last Thursday, when Timmons was visiting the Krueger family.

    Timmons' motorcycle has twice been driven on the field at Busch Stadium and has placed in motorcycle shows in several states.

    The bike includes hand-painted details, such as a photo of Busch Stadium and baseball cards of 13 Cardinal legends, and a seat modeled after a baseball glove.

  • 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.