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Today's News

  • O'Dell marks 50th anniversary in the ministry

    Rev. John O’Dell is observing his 50th year in the ministry next month.
    The two church families he pastors, Haley Chapel United Methodist and Mt. Carmel United Methodist, have survived through the generations, and have grown or sometimes diminished in number over the years, but the church doors are still open and life pulsing within to worship and serve the Lord.

  • Gallatin project ahead of schedule

    The final streetscape work on Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia is progressing ahead of schedule.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that curbs and gutters had been poured in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street, and that sidewalks were to be poured on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Gottman also said that the new approach to the parking lot for the county courthouse and jail has been completed.
    By the end of the week, weather permitting, the new road surface would be poured, Gottman said.

  • Thomason wins federal lawsuit

    Just about two years after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish removed Ken Thomason from the city’s chief of police position, a federal jury ruled that Tish did so improperly.
    After deliberating for several hours, a jury in U.S. Southern District Court in East St. Louis ruled that Tish fired Thomason without giving him due process.
    In issuing its verdict, the jury awarded Thomason only $1, with that award covering such things as lost wages and anguish caused by the firing.
    The jury also ruled that the city must pay Thomason’s legal fees and court costs.

  • Senior Spotlight: Chelsey Stewart/Erika Blackwell

    In their first seasons as varsity players, seniors Chelsey Stewart and Erika Blackwell have been a pleasant surprise for Vandalia tennis coach Kevin Schroeder.

    Having combined for eight of the team’s 25 singles wins this season (32 percent), the two are now counted among the most important players on the team, each having once won a decisive singles match during the season.

    Schroeder said it was at the beginning of this season, when they both realized they had a chance to latch on to the varsity squad, that their games began to dramatically improve.

  • Lady Vandals beat hosts to win Pana Tourney

    PANA – For the first time since 2008, the Lady Vandals won the Pana Tournament, but they couldn’t even get the trophy out of the gym before breaking it.

    Shortly after taking group pictures, the ’11 snapped off the trophy, but there was no chance of that diminishing the happiness the team took away from Saturday’s effort.

    Vandalia finished 4-1 at the tournament – with the loss coming against Greenville – but because the Lady Vandals beat Pana, which also finished 4-1, they were named tournament champions.

  • Playoff contention looms after 4th win

    HILLSBORO – The Vandals are one win closer to making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    Likely to need just five victories to get into the postseason, Vandalia is now at four after knocking off Hillsboro, 27-20, last Friday night.

    Nothing is ever assured, but a good chance to get that fifth win will come on Friday night against Southwestern (3-3), which has given up the third-most points (209) in the South Central Conference.

  • Swofford, Herker advance to sectionals

    Vandalia senior Derrick Herker and junior Blake Swofford both advanced to the Illinois High School Association Sectional Golf Championships after finishing in the top 10 at the regional match on Tuesday.

    Swofford, who a shot a 69, lost a playoff hole to Marquette Catholic's Danny Selby to finish second.

    Herker placed 10th after shooting a 79.

    Junior Zach Jackson nearly made the sectional, but he lost a playoff hole for the final spot to Andrew Rybolt of Pana.

  • Lady Vandals 'proudly' wear pink in Voilley for the Cure win

    On the verge of losing their first Volley for the Cure game last Thursday, coach Allison Smith gave the Lady Vandals a moving message during a timeout toward the end of the second set.

    With Vandalia trailing 19-18, Smith reminded her club of what was at stake – and it wasn't centered on volleyball.

  • Cougars win MTC championship

    The South Central High School baseball team won its 17th and final Midland Trail Conference Tournament last Friday night, dispatching previously-unbeaten Woodlawn, 10-9.

    Shawn Meyer picked up his fifth win of the season after pitching 6 2/3 innings  and striking out eight. Luke Krajefska picked up the final out to earn the save.

    The Cougars opened the game with a four-run first inning, and added three more in the third and fifth innings.

  • The College Report: Brooke Maxey leading KC in kills

    The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels are 16-6 in volleyball action this year.

    And with only five sophomores on the Kim Potthast-Rahar-led team, the best may be yet to come. Especially if she can get a few more athletes like St. Elmo grad Brooke Maxey and South Central grad Katie Crain.