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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Longtime Vandalia attorney Joe Dees was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    A large crowd was present as Kelly McGinnis was led into the Bond County Courthouse to face charges of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer.
    Massac County defeated the Vandalia Community High School football team, 26-2, to end the Vandals’ post-season playoffs. The Vandals ended the season with a 10-1 record.

  • Senior Spotlight: Fearsome Four

    FARINA – They’ve shared one office space of 900 square feet for some 35 games this season, and yet, they still aren’t sick of each other.

    The Fearsome Four – the eldermost players on South Central’s high school volleyball team – often work in unison, combining their strengths to wreak havoc on opponents.

    These Lady Cougars probably aren’t the finest foursome in all of the state, but among area 1A schools, it’d be tough to argue that another team’s core is better.

  • Lady Cougars earn regional title

    FARINA – On its own floor, the South Central High School volleyball team won its third straight regional championship last Thursday, defeating North Clay in two sets, 25-16, 25-15.

    Senior Kinzie Neilson paced the offense with 14 kills – giving her 22 during the two games of the regional tournament – and junior Natalie Chapman had 16 assists and three service aces to help earn the victory.

    Senior Emily Atwood added six kills, and senior Sarah Kramer had 12 assists and a kill.

  • Book tells of first murders in Fayette County

    Over the years, I have written about many of the first murders committed in our county,  with the information coming from the “History of Fayette County, Illinois,” published in 1878.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in close playoff game

    Six seniors played their final football game in front of a home crowd during the first round of the state playoffs last Friday night, taking a tough loss to Pana, 14-7.

    Those players – Levi Ulmer, Bryan Hosick, Blake Mills, Quenten Austin, Daniel Edwards and Anthony Fladeland – all played significant roles in allowing the Vandals to place third in the South Central Conference and earn the team’s first playoff berth since 2008.

  • Halloween shows city's sidewalk shortcomings

    Vandalia has a sidewalk problem.
    Though it’s an issue that’s been noted by city officials before, driving around on Halloween night underscored the dangerous conditions to which our pedestrians are subjected.
    Young trick-or-treaters swarmed in the streets all along Locust Street and up Shelley Drive. And even though the trunk-or-treat event in the parking lot of Sunset Plaza was off the road, parking and pedestrian traffic on Sunset made it truly scary to drive through that area.

  • Lady Vandals run into one of state's top teams

    FLORA – Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith said she will not be surprised if Breese Central finishes its season at the state tournament.

    So after the Lady Cougars defeated her squad in the regional championship game last Thursday, Smith made sure to remind her team of all the accomplishments that were achieved throughout the season.

  • Vandalia resident set to line judge at state

    An official from Vandalia will be a line judge at the state volleyball tournament next Friday and Saturday.

    Ruth Holliday, who has been an Illinois High School Association volleyball official for 33 years, for the first time in her career was selected to take part in the state tournament in Normal.

    “It’s an honor and a thrill,” Holliday said. “It’s the first time I have gone this far.”

    In other postseason action this fall, she will also officiate at a super-sectional match.

  • St. Elmo falls in regional championship game; ends season with 21 wins

    The St. Elmo High School volleyball team put up a challenge against Altamont in a Class 1A regional championship game last Thursday, but the Lady Indians were able to scrape out a win in three sets, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23.

    The loss put the Lady Eagles' final record at 21-15 for the season, and the team achieved that mark without any senior starters.

    Seniors Patricia Guerrero and Taylor Spain were both role players, and made key contributions throughout the season.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 3

    • Kevin L. Hughes, 39, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 1 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $250 cash.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Oct. 31 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Phillip L. Allison, 33, Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 31 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.