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Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Dec. 13)

    Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

    •Dec. 8 – Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, started and played 34 minutes for Greenville in 70-69 loss to Robert Morris-Springfield. She scored a game-high 21 points on nine field goals (two 3-pointers), and was 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds, had three steals and dished out two assists. Greenville is 6-3 (2-0 SLIAC) on the season.

  • PHOTO: Cain honored for 1,000th point

    Patoka's Jered Cain was recently recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point for the Jr. High basketball team.

  • This week's schedule (Dec. 13-19)

    VANDALIA
    Boys basketball
    •Dec. 14 – at Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 18 – at Carlyle, 6 p.m.
    Girls basketball
    •Dec. 13 – at Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 15 – vs. Altamont, 11 a.m.
    •Dec. 17 – at Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Wrestling
    •Dec. 15 – at Gibson City JV Tourney
    Jr. High boys basketball
    •Dec. 13 – vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 17 – at Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    F/S boys basketball

  • Deer numbers down locally; up state-wide

    Firearm deer hunters in Illinois harvested nearly 100,000 deer during the two weekend seasons, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    The 99,324 deer taken are 1,504 more than in 2011. The first season (Nov. 16-18) saw 72,111 deer killed, and the second season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) added another 27,213 to the total.

    There was a statewide increase of 5,610 deer killed in the first season, and a decrease of 4,046 in the second season.

  • YMCA Briefs (Dec. 13)

    Women's self-defense course begins in January

    A six-week women's self-defense course will begin on Jan. 2 at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

    The program will be held every Wednesday night through Feb. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Registration cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, and the course will be instructed by Don Theirry and Jessie West.

    The program is designed to improve awareness and de-escalate situations, while learning in a safe environment.

  • Vandalia Field of Dreams committee elects officers for 2013

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee elected 2013 officers at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Tom Lucken was elected to remain president of the committee, and Steve Ledbetter retained his spot as vice president.

    New elects were treasurer Gayna Montgomery and secretary John Ashdown.

    Appointments were also made for several posts at the meeting, which was only attended by three members of the organization.

  • Two double-doubles lead Vandals to win in conference-opener

    GILLESPIE - Double-doubles from Chase Woolsey and Michael Wells plus 20 points from Tim Ritchey propelled the Vandals in a fast-paced 76-60 South Central Conference win at Gillespie on Friday.

    Woolsey had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Wells had 16 points and 10 rebounds, in his first career double-double. Aaron Harter added 14 points.

    The Vandals pulled out to a 42-25 halftime lead, but Gillespie battled back in the third period, coming out of the break with a more physical style that alowed the Miners to get back within six points at one time.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Hillsboro

    The Lady Vandals held an early advantage, but Hillsboro’s Shelby Gray stole the show in the second half of a 58-40 loss to Hillsboro on Thursday.

    Gray had a game-high 29 points for the Lady Toppers, including all of their second-quarter points.

    The win also marked the 200th in the career of Hillsboro coach Brett Tuetken.

    Senior Amber Bruno had 13 points to lead Vandalia, and junior Morgan Cripe had a career-high 12 rebounds.

  • Wrestlers pick up first win of the season

    On Thursday, Vandalia dismantled South Central Conference opponent Hillsboro, 65-15, recording seven pins during the dual meet.

    At 285 pounds, freshman Kendrick Woolsey recorded a pin in 1:59 in his first-ever varsity match, and freshman Bobby Bradley (170) was also in his first varsity match, but he was pinned in 1:28.

    Sophomore Ryne Lipsey (113) had the fastest pin of the night, taking down Nichole Vieweg in 23 seconds.

  • Conservation loans available

    Funds are now available from the Illinois Farm Service Agency for guaranteed conservation loans.  
    Those loans allow farmers to implement conservation practices on their land that will help protect natural resources.  
    “Guaranteed Conservation Loans are a useful alternative to help operators implement any Natural Resources Conservation Service-approved conservation practice, including waste management systems, conservation structures or water conservation measures,” said Scherrie V. Giamanco, FSA state executive director.