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Today's News

  • Alderman gets free help with river intake

    As it has worked to get its financial house in order, the city of Vandalia has allowed one costly project to fall by the wayside for the time being.
    But one alderman doesn’t want that to continue.
    Terry Beesley told Mayor Rick Gottman and other city aldermen on Tuesday night that he had contacted a number of governmental agencies about providing some advice on the city’s raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Beesley said he finally found someone willing to listen to him, and to consider providing some assistance.

  • Vandal wrestlers hope to make state semifinals for first time since '07

    Vandalia seniors opened and closed Tuesday’s team sectional match against Herrin, but without the efforts of some underclassmen throughout, the Vandals probably would not be going back to state.

    Senior Anthony Fladeland scored a pin in the first bout, and senior Levi Ulmer’s 10-7 decision put the Vandals ahead by enough to secure a 39-33 victory against Herrin, giving the Vandals their seventh trip to state in eight years.

    But, the team hasn’t won a first-round match since 2007, when it placed second in the state.

  • Ulmer places fifth at individual state tournament

    CHAMPAIGN – After a one-year hiatus, the Vandals had a wrestler back on the medal stand at the individual state tournament.

    And while it wasn’t the medal that senior Levi Ulmer was hoping to win on Saturday, he ultimately was pleased to place fifth in the 195-pound weight class after an 11-4 victory.

  • Seniors use late play to win regional game

    PANA – It was a play that seniors should make.

    And Bryan Hosick and Dathan Berning made it seem easy.

    Hosick stole an inbounds pass with just more than a minute to play and quickly passed to Berning, whose 3-pointer gave the Vandals their first lead since the halfway point of the second quarter and propelled the team to a 49-45 win against Hillsboro in first-round regional action.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (Feb. 23)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are athletes who played in the past two weeks.

  • County teams have mixed results at regionals

    Two area teams are still alive in boys basketball regional action at Altamont.
     

    South Central vs. Brownstown
    In first-round action on Tuesday, a late surge from South Central moved it by Brownstown for a 35-28 win.

    Neither team scored more than eight points in any of the first three quarters, and third-seeded South Central led by only two entering the fourth period.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Feb. 23)

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Friday, Feb. 17
    St. Elmo 62
    Beecher City 29
    SEHS:  16-6-22-18—62
    BCHS:  10-8-4-7—29
    Points: Blake Pruett, 15; Ben Sperry, 14; Connor Beasley, 8; Jake Mansker, 8; Jacob Denton, 5; Blaine Scholes, 5; Levi Maxey, 3; Willie Magnus, 2; Patrick Schaal, 2.
    Record: 20-7 (8-2 NTC, 7-0 EIC)
    BCHS: Miller had 9 points.

  • PHOTO: Enlow wins at Indy Nationals

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow, 9, placed first at the Indy Nationals in Indianapolis on Sunday. Enlow is wrestling with the King Select Wrestling Club.

  • Fredbird, Joe Cunningham visit Brownstown Elementary
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jevon D. Gaston, 24, Belleville, was arrested on Feb. 20 for failure to appear in Montgomery County court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $5,100.
    • Melissa P. Workman, 49, 927 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 19 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.
    • Brandon V. Oertel, 18, 314 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 19 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. No bond information was listed.