Today's News

  • Grande Levée, Harvest Festival and Band Competition are this weekend

    Vandalia’s biggest celebration weekend of the year is this Friday and Saturday with the Grande Levée and Harvest Festival.
    The weekend also includes an inaugural band competition at Vandalia Community High School.
    The 43rd annual Grande Levée at the Vandalia Statehouse kicks off at 5 p.m. with a ham and beans dinner, and entertainment.

  • City continues talks for third water source

    The city of Vandalia is moving closer to obtaining a third water source.
    At a meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Rick Gottman and member of the city council’s water and sewer committee talked with Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. about a proposed agreement drafted by City Attorney Jack Johnston.
    Johnston drafted the agreement after two presentations by Barenfanger and his partner, Jeff Beckman.

  • Librarian sentenced

    The judge who sentenced former St. Elmo librarian Terri Gillespie acknowledged that he took into account numerous letters of support in deciding on her sentence.
    Gillespie, who was charged in January with two counts of felony theft for taking funds from the St. Elmo Library District, was sentenced to 30 days in jail during Friday’s hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    She pleaded guilty on Aug. 7 to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 1 felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

  • Seniors Swofford, Leiken are conference champs

    Senior Blake Swofford was the individual champion and the Vandals placed a surprising second as a team at the South Central Conference boys golf tournament at The Rail in Springfield on Monday.

    A day later, senior RaeChelle Leiken shot an 82 to take the title at the girls SCC meet at Litchfield.

    She birdied the 17th hole and eagled the 18th to win by 11 strokes.

    Roxana was the team champion.

  • Lady Vandals take first loss, but big season still looms

    PANA – The Lady Vandals’ perfect season is over, but a dream season is still in the works despite a tough loss at Pana last Thursday.

    Vandalia struggled on both sides of the ball in that non-conference game, falling to the Lady Panthers, 10-25, 19-25.

    “Offensively, we struggled. Defensively, we struggled,” said Lady Vandals coach Allison Smith. “We didn’t play our ball, and made too many errors.

  • Vandalia holds Athletic Hall of Fame inductions

    Three individuals and one team were inducted into Vandalia Community High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to last Friday’s football game against Litchfield.


    During his 14-year stay as coach of Vandalia’s wrestling team, Glenn Exton brought the program to prominence, advancing the team to state in his third season and going back eight more times.

  • Warriors win EIC Tournament

    VANDALIA – Patoka played as a cohesive unit last Thursday, winning the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament by beating fourth-seeded Beecher City.

    The No. 2 Warriors got big hits from several players along with a near pefect game from junior Clinton Hood to help lead them to a 7-2 victory.

    “The goal all along was to win the conference tournament,” said coach Joe Eddy said. “And we didn’t play our best game tonight, but we got a couple of bigs hits.”

  • Cougars earn at least share of NTC

    South Central’s baseball team  remained perfect in its first season of play in the National Trail Conference, clinching at least a share of the conference championship with a 5-4 win against Neoga last Thursday.

    Noah Powless homered  during a five-run third inning – his three-run blast being his fifth of the season for the Cougars (13-3-1, 8-0 NTC).

    Neoga scored twice in each the second and fifth innings.

  • Prep Roundup (Sept. 27)

    Lady Cougars take fourth at Herrin Tournament
    South Central’s volleyball team went 3-2 to finish fourth at Saturday’s Herrin Tournament.

    After winning the first three games in pool by defeating Marissa, 25-14, 25-20, Johnston City, 25-17, 25-14, and Crab Orchard, 25-9, 23-25, 15-9, the Lady Cougars ran in to trouble against Carterville in the final game of pool play and Herrin in the third-place match.

    Carterville beat South Central (15-5), 26-24, 25-21, and Herrin won a close match, 21-25, 25-16, 15-11.

  • Soccer team beginning to score more goals

    The offense has been picking up for Vandalia’s soccer team, as the Vandals scored three goals in the past week, but still weren’t able to come away with any victories.

    Vandalia (0-13-1) secured one goal against each Carlyle on Monday, Altamont last Thursday and East Alton-Wood River last Wednesday, but lost those games 4-1, 2-1 and 5-1, respectively.

    Senior A.J. Gaylord now leads the team with two goals, after scoring against Altamont, and Jussi Craycroft leads in assists with three.