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Today's News

  • 14 counts filed against Vandalia man after crime spree

    Sixteen counts of criminal charges have been filed against a Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a crime spree covering a wide area.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed charges against Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, 330 S. Coles St., Vandalia, on Friday, two days after he was taken into custody south of Mulberry Grove.
    Weldon appeared in court late last week, with his bond set at $300,000.
    The charges filed by Friedel’s office include the following allegations:

  • Riddle succeeding Cole as Statehouse superintendent

    For close to three decades, Mary Cole has been helping to keep alive Vandalia’s history as a former state capital and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career. This week, her tenure in that role comes to an end.

  • Vandals 3-0 through first two days of own tourney

    The Vandals are 3-0 through the first two days of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, and they had a showdown with Pana Wednesday night that decided who would represent Pool B in Thursday's championship game.

    The results of that game and the entire championship day schedule will be available at www.leaderunion.com by Thursday morning.

    In the first three games of the tournament, Vandalia rallied to beat Stew-Stras, 55-46, on Tuesday, while on Monday grinding out a win against St. Elmo, 48-43, and using a fast start to down Shelbyville, 57-37.

    Vandalia vs. Stew-Stras

  • Vandalia grad has memorable senior season at Illinois College

    During his college career, Brock Doehring has been through a lot.

    But as he exits Illinois College, he leaves a team that is on the rise.

    This year, the IC Blueboys finished second in the Midwest Conference and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history.

  • South Central streaky in pair of losses at Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    South Central had stretches of good play during losses to Flora and Wesclin in its first two games of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but until the Cougars play more consistently, wins could be hard to come by.

    Coach Rick Simmons said that there were positives in both a 55-45 loss to Flora on Monday and a 47-36 loss to Wesclin on Tuesday, but that the Cougars have yet to play well throughout a whole game.

  • Eagles fail to upset Vandalia or Pana

    For the Eagles to better their seed in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, they would have had to had upset either second-seeded Vandalia or third-seeded Pana, but fifth-seeded St. Elmo was unable to do so.

    The Eagles did get a 67-49 win against No. 8 Stew-Stras on Monday morning, before falling to Vandalia, 48-43, that night, and Pana, 60-44, Tuesday afternoon.

    St. Elmo vs. Pana

    The Eagles led by two at halftime, but Pana used a 12-2 run in the third period to take a 10-point lead, which would be all it needed during a 60-44 win Tuesday afternoon.

  • After two days, the Vandalia Holiday Tournament is far from decided

    Through the first two days of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, the top three seeds – Flora, Vandalia and Pana – are tied at the top of the standings with 3-0 records.

    Following with one loss are No. 4 Wesclin and No. 6 Greenville, both at 2-1.

    No. 5 St. Elmo stands at 1-2, while No. 7 Altamont and No. 8 Stew-Stras are 0-3, and No. 9 Shelbyville and No. 10 South Central are 0-2.

    Tuesday, Dec. 27
    Flora vs. Greenville
    Flora held Greenville to just two points in the first quarter during a dominating 30-point win on Tuesday night.

  • Girls basketball scores (Dec. 29)

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Dec. 27
    at Mattoon Tourney
    East Richland 58
    Vandalia 51
    VHS: 16-17-10-9—51
    ERHS: 11-12-21-14—58
    Points: Amber Bruno, 18; Megan Godoyo, 12; Hannah Edwards, 6; Morgan Whightsil, 6; Morgan Cripe, 5; Haley Wollerman, 5.
    Record: 6-7

    Tuesday, Dec. 27
    at Mattoon Tourney
    Vandalia 47
    St. Anthony 40
    VHS: 15-15-13-4—47
    SAHS: 8-6-9-17—40
    Points: Amber Bruno, 16; Hannah Edwards, 10; Haley Wollerman, 10; Megan Godoyo, 7; Morgan Cripe, 2; Morgan Whightsil, 2.
    Record: 5-7

    Thursday, Dec. 22
    Pana 65
    Vandalia 35
    VHS: 7-12-9-7—35
    PHS: 23-15-14-13—65

  • FCHD receives info on Enfamil

    The following information was received by the Fayette County Health Department on Thursday morning:

    An infant in Lebanon, Mo., has died from a bacterial infection. The infant was being fed Enfamil Premium Newborn.

    There are no recalls, but there is testing of the formula, water, hospital, etc., being conducted to determine where the bacteria came from; the results will not be known for a few weeks.

  • KC adding music degree

    At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved an associate in fine arts in music degree that will allow KC students the opportunity to complete an associate’s degree that prepares them to enter into a baccalaureate program in music with junior status.
    Students who enroll in the program will receive a solid foundation in music theory, music history and applied music performance skills.
    The degree will prepare students for transfer to a bachelor of fine arts degree program at a senior college or university.