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Today's News

  • Vandalia softball beats county rival St. Elmo

    The Vandalia softball team pounded out double-digit run totals in both games of a doubleheader against St. Elmo last Thursday, picking its first two wins of the summer.

    “It feels better to win,” said coach Brian Buscher

    A winning streak would not ensue, however, as the Lady Vandals were swept by Greenville on Tuesday, 18-5 and 25-11.

    After allowing eight runs in the top of the first inning of game one, the Lady Vandals stormed back to win, 14-12.

    In game two, Vandalia took a 9-0 lead after three innings of a 12-6 victory.

  • Vandalia golfers finding success on SIGA Jr. Tour

    Two rising seniors at Vandalia Community High School have been finding success on the Southern Illinois Golf Association Junior Tour this summer.

    Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken have a combined seven tournament wins in nine chances this summer.

    Most recently, each won in the 16-18 age division at the Gambit Junior Cup in Vienna by shooting a round under par, and Leiken won the Jackson Junior Tournament in Murphysboro on Monday, with an 82.

  • Area pro ballplayers struggling at season's start

    Two South Central High School graduates have started their seasons in professional rookie leagues.

    Tanner Bushue and Spencer Patton opened their seasons in late June, but have both struggled thus far.

    Bushue, a Houston Astros prospect who was demoted from the Class A Lexington Legends in May, was 0-2 with a 4.70 earned-run average in four relief appearances for the Greeneville Astros, who are based in Greeneville, Tenn.

    He has struck out six in 7 2/3 innings pitched.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball (July 3 and 10)

    Monday, July 9
    Game 1
    Montgomery Plumbing 11
    Rielde Law Firm 10
    Mont: Josh Lawson, 2B, GW run; Nick Metzger, 3B; Jeff Lucas, 2B.
    Riedle.: Marcus Small, 2B.
    Game 2
    Riedle 13
    Montgomery 2
    Riedle: Dallas Gray, 3B, 2B; Ryan Thiele, 3B.
    Game 3
    Copper Penny 10
    Buckstop Archery 6
    CP: Cody Wimberly, 3-run HR; Joe Eddy, HR.
    Buckstop: Justin Atwood, HR; Steve Hosick, 2B.
    Game 4
    Buckstop 21
    Copper Penny 8

  • Hill, Craig, Sasse win fair crowns

    Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair 2012 and Shelby Sasse of Brownstown won the Little Miss Fayette County title on Monday night.

    In the Miss Fayette pageant, Jenna Hunt of Ramsey was first runner-up, and Hannah Edwards of Vandalia was the second runner-up. Hill was the People's Choice winner, and Hunt won Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality honors.

  • Sarah Craig crowned Jr. Miss Fayette County

    Sarah Craig was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair on Sunday evening in Brownstown.

    Craig, 11, is the daughter of Andy and Kendra Craig of rural Vandalia.

    Candyce Stout was the first runner-up, and Cori Hispher was the second runner-up.

    Karingten Smothers was named Miss Photgenic, MaKenzie Parkson won Miss Congeniality, and Karsyn Garrison won the People's Choice Award.

  • Second alumni softball game moved to Thursday

    The second softball alumni game for this season has been rescheduled for next Thursday.

    Initially scheduled for next Tuesday, the game had to be moved due to a scheduling conflict with Greenville, which was scheduled to play Vandalia next Thursday.

    The Lady Vandals will now play Greenville on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the alumni on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

    Both will be home doubleheaders.

  • Fayette County Speedway cancels Friday's races due to heat
  • Reunion

    Doyle-Lawler
    The 57th annual Doyle-Lawler Reunion was held Sunday, June 24, at the Blue Mound Civic Center near Decatur.

  • Honor Long-Time Legion Members

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia honored four long-time members this spring.

    Those honored included 60-year members Lester Arnold (left) and David Crye (center). Post 95 Commander John Blythe (right) presented the awards. Not present were 60-year member Wendell L. Hoffman and 50-year member Louie Warner.