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Today's News

  • All Signed Up

    Vandalia senior Blake Swofford on Tuesday signed a letter of intent to play golf at Rend Lake College.

    From left to right are: Rend Lake coach Lucas Cromeenes, Vandalia coach Brandon Taylor, Swofford and Swofford's parents.

  • Regionals up next after tough end to season

    CARLINVILLE – The Vandals closed the regular season last Friday with another disappointing loss, leaving them at 1-5 in the final six games.
    Coach Brian Buscher said after a 69-63 South Central Conference loss at Carlinville that despite the poor record – and at times, poor play – he wouldn’t change the way the year ended.

  • Vandals headed to state after rout at sectional

    ROBINSON – Will the fourth time be the charm for the Vandals?

  • Vandal wrestlers struggle at state tourney

    CHAMPAIGN - The Vandals struggled offensively in dropping all four preliminary bouts in the championship bracket at the individual state wrestling tournament.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Crime was on the rise in 1997. Courthouse figures show that there were 243 felony cases filed, 92 percent more than the 1996 total of 126. Juvenile cases were up by 101 percent.
    Joe Barth was named a partner in the Vandalia CPA firm of Luallen & Cearlock.
    Tom Harmon, owner of Harmon Foods IGA in Vandalia, confirmed that he had purchased land on Van Tran Avenue (now Veterans Avenue) for a new and larger store.
    Mt. Zion defeated Vandalia 45-24 to break the VCHS wrestlers’ 79-match win streak.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Lila (McFarland) Whitford.
    Identifying her were: JoAnn Corry, Louise (Campbell) Bilyeu, Joyce Cable, Pat Blankenship, Mary Cripe, Jeanie Whitford, Dean Elam, and Doris and Lyle Elam.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy lyrale nawt ot od ghitnemos, oyu ilwl dinf a yaw; fi uyo od ton, oyu lilw nifd na seecux.

  • Miller treasured baseball memories

    With the Cardinals in spring training in Jupiter, Fla., it seems appropriate to tell a story about baseball.
    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, from Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.
    The mere mention of the word "baseball" in a conversation would start Floyd reminiscing about his early days with the Mulberry Grove team.

  • Good luck to area athletes

    It’s the time of year when all the preparation and all the hard work come together to give our local high school athletes a shot at post-season glory.
    They’ve endured the conditioning. They’ve mastered the drills of their sport. And they’ve pulled together as a team to give it their best shot.
    Now is payoff time.

  • FFA Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring this week FFA Week in Vandalia, recognizing that the organization promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success while being a part of the students' agricultural education.

    From left to right, are Vandalia FFA chapter adviser Todd Ehlers, Sentinel Betty Carroll, Secretary Dakota White, President Jacob Rau, Gottman, Vice President Dalton Forehand, Treasurer Colton Draege and Reporter Renee Smith.

  • Johnson hopes for success in musical career

    He works at McCarty’s Auto Body by day. He likes his job and enjoys the “music” of his daytime occupation.