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Today's News

  • Sewer cost figures indicate need for rate increase

    Unless the Vandalia City Council takes action later this month to prevent it, city residents will see an increase in their sewer rates.
    While presenting the audit on the city fiscal year ending on April 30, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd. presented city officials with water and sewer expenses during that same period.
    The water system expenses for the last fiscal year totaled $1,670,912, or $79,270 lower than that for the previous fiscal year, $1,750,182. That’s a decrease of 4.53 percent.

  • City OKs bid for more streetscape work

    A Highland firm which was one of the major players in streetscape improvements for four blocks in downtown Vandalia has been picked for similar improvements in a fifth block.
    Mettler Development of Highland submitted the lowest of six bids that the city received for streetscape improvements on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.
    Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers of Carlyle, the project engineer, produced the bid tabulations, which included Mettler’s bid of $346,563.37.

  • Racing briefs (Sept. 8)

    Demo derby and ATV races coming to fair

    The Montgomery County Fair Association will hold a demolition derby and ATV races this weekend at the fairgrounds in Butler.

    The demo derby will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the races will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    The derby will feature modifieds, super modifieds, compacts, mid-size cars, vans, full-size trucks and mini trucks.

    The top prizes are: $800 for modifieds, $500 for compacts and stock cars and a jackpot for all other classes.

  • Eagles Best the Aces

    The St. Elmo Eagles beat Mulberry Grove, 12-3, last Wednesday.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 25

    UMP DIRTcar Modified - 18 cars  
    Heat 1   
    1 28 Michael Bolyard  
    2 20 Cody Clark  
    3 66 Michael Fox  
    4 11M Michael Rauch  
    Heat 2   
    1 G1 Gabe Menser  
    2 41M Brent Mullins  
    3 808 Colby Simmons  
    4 89 Norm Wood  
    Heat 3   
    1 25 Brent Keyes  
    2 4L Tim Lewis Jr.
    3 48 Bill Wagoner  
    4 6B Dave Baldwin  
    Dash
    1 G1 Gabe Menser  

  • Senior Spotlight: Blaine Scholes

    MULBERRY GROVE – St. Elmo senior Blaine Scholes reached base and scored three times last Wednesday during a win at Mulberry Grove, but that was nothing compared to the performance he had against Beecher City earlier this season.

    During that game, a 17-5 win for St. Elmo, the Eagles’ leadoff hitter had his first career five-hit game.

    “I was hitting the ball hard and picking out my pitch,” Scholes said. “I had a lot of confidence. It’s easier to have a 5-for-5 day at the plate when everyone is hitting well, too.”

  • Vandals come up short against Carlinville's rushing attack

    CARLINVILLE – After Carlinville scored on a 30-yard touchdown run after intercepting Vandalia junior Tim Ritchey, the Vandals looked disappointed that they were trailing 14-0 at halftime.

    The players, however, changed their attitude at halftime, and came out to manufacture an 80-yard touchdown drive to open the second half.

    Vandalia would tie the game at 21 as well, but a pair of sacks late in the fourth quarter forced the Vandals to punt and allowed Carlinville to hold the ball for the final 2:42 of the game to win, 28-21, last Friday night.

  • South Central tops Vandalia in tourney

    ALTAMONT – With coach Mary Brimberry back on the bench with her team after missing a game due to an unexpected death in the family, the South Central High School volleyball team rallied around its coach to beat Vandalia in three sets during the opening game of the Altamont Tournament.

    South Central took that match, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14, but it would not muster another win in pool play to finish seventh.

    Vandalia, meanwhile, would fall to Cumberland and beat Greenville before downing Altamont in the third-place game.

  • Running for the Score

    The VYO football teams won four games against EAWR on Saturday. Scores can be found in the prep scores and schedules or on Page 3B of the print edition.

  • The College Report: minor leaguers closing seasons as colleges begin play

    It is probably better than Spencer Patton could have dreamed.

    The Idaho Falls Chukar hurler, a South Central grad, has been working for the Kansas City Royals affiliate all summer. In 39 2/3 innings of work, the former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville pitcher has compiled a 3-1 mark, with two saves. He has allowed only 15 earned runs on 42 hits for a 3.40 earned run average. Patton, who has appeared mostly in relief, has fanned 56 batters while walking only 15.