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Today's News

  • Girls notes: Whightsil becoming a scorer

    Senior Morgan Whightsil is emerging as Vandalia’s much-needed third scorer.

    With 20 points in three games since the calendar changed to December, Whightsil has taken some of the scoring pressure off of senior Amber Bruno and junior Megan Godoyo.

    It all started at Southwestern on Dec. 1, when she had a season-high 10 points to help try to bridge the scoring gap that was left because Megan Godoyo was not playing after controversially being ejected the game before.

  • Wrestlers go 2-1 at home quad; demolish Hillsboro

    The Vandal wrestling team went 2-1 at a home quadrangular on Saturday, defeating Oakwood, 50-28, and Herrin, 45-34, before falling to Leroy, 53-16.

    “The effort was there all day,” said coach Jason Clay. “Nobody gave up and everybody was fighting.

    “We have a lot of young guys who just need to keep learning positioning and techniques,” he said.

    Dalton Blankenship, a sophomore, recorded three pins on the day, and senior Zach Jackson also had three wins, including a rematch against Herrin’s Tad Cravens.

  • PHOTOS: JV Corner (Dec. 13)

    Photos from JV contests from the past week.

  • Jr. Vandals place second at home tournament

    The seventh-grade boys basketball team got the rematch it wanted in the championship game of the Vandalia Tournament on Saturday.

    Unfortunately for the Jr. Vandals, the result was the same.

    Greenville posted a 47-43 win in that game to beat Vandalia for the second time in five days. Last Tuesday, the Blue Jays won, 47-38.

    The Jr. Vandals fell behind 25-9 after the first quarter, but stormed back with 22 points in the second period to close Greenville’s lead to just a point.

  • Jr. Wrestlers set for home tournament this Sunday

    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling club will be hosting a tournament at Vandalia Community High School on Sunday at 9 a.m.

    Wrestlers age 10-and-under will begin at 9 a.m., and those between ages 11-14 will immediately follow.

    Club wrestlers participated in a pair of the tournaments this past weekend.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Dec. 13)

    Jr. Vandals get two
    wins vs. Pana St. Pats
    The Vandalia seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams won against Pana St. Pats on Tuesday.
    For the seventh-graders, Matt Lidy had 10 points to lead the Jr. Vandals (9-5) to a 48-31 victory.
    For the eighth-graders, Richie Well led with 15 points to lead Vandalia to a 41-33 victory.
    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    Seventh-grade
    Vandalia 48
    PSP 31
    Points: Lidy, 10; Scott Shulman, 8; Marcus Zimmerman, 8.
    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    Eighth-grade
    Vandalia 41

  • Attend hearing on water wells

    In August, when the Vandalia City Council first heard a proposal for drilling wells to supplement the city’s sources of water, we said that the well proposal has merit, but we need to make sure we do the due diligence investigation before launching out in that direction.
    Though we know more about the plan now than we did then, we still have concerns about giving it the green light without more information.

  • Love of reading leads Blain to library post

    Jessica Blain acquired a love for reading when she was a child.
    She earned a business degree in college, and that love for reading led her to apply for the position as director of the Evans Public Library, which she has now filled for five years.

  • Filing period for April election extended to Dec. 26

    Individuals who are still debating whether to run for a municipal, park district or library district seat now have two more days to mull over their decision.
    Originally, the filing period for those seats was to run from next Monday through the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 23.
    But Vandalia City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the city council last week that city clerks throughout Illinois successfully lobbied to have the final filing date changed.
    Now, potential candidates have until the end of the day on Dec. 26 to file their petitions.

  • Hearing on proposed water pact is Monday

    As Vandalia officials have negotiated with a local partnership on a possible third water source for the city, some local residents have expressed concerns about that partnership affecting their water sources.
    In light of the concerns about a partnership with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., city officials have set a public hearing on the issue.
    That public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. on Monday at Vandalia City Hall. While it is scheduled as a committee meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman has urged all aldermen to be present.