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Today's News

  • 'All hands on deck' approach to government drought aid

    President  Barack Obama has called the U.S. government’s approach to drought assistance an “all-hands-on-deck effort,” and he has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies to find additional ways to help those impacted by drought.
    To date, the USDA has taken a wide variety of administrative action – including streamlining the disaster designation process, which has allowed the agency to more quickly authorize emergency aid for producers. In Illinois, 102 counties have been declared primary disaster areas for drought.

  • Promoting 'Ag in Classroom'

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently recognized the volunteering efforts of Martha Cripe of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.

  • Church Briefs

    Sefton churches to meet this weekend

    The 130th annual Sefton Township Churches Convention will be held this year at Emmanuel Methodist Church this weekend.
    The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday with an ice cream social.
    Sunday morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the convention will conclude with a basket dinner at noon.
    The church is located at the intersection of 1200 E and 1850 N.

     The Chosen Ones concert is Saturday

  • Outdoor wedding vows prompt 'awesome silence'

    It was a wedding. One would expect us to speak of the promises of God on which we stand. Promises of love that will never let us go; promises that are certain. It is sure, God says, “I will never, never, never, never, ever forsake you or abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

  • Senior Spotlight: Shelby Foster

    ALTAMONT – As part of a senior class that features three front-row hitters who are good enough to play at the next level, Vandalia’s Shelby Foster sometimes can get lost in the mix of thunderous kills.

    Her contributions aren’t the ones that get the crowd on its feet or create a collective gasp from everyone in a gym.

    But they are the ones that help a team like the Lady Vandals start the season 7-0.

  • Lady Vandals win Altamont Tournament

    ALTAMONT – Seniors Austyn Krueger and RaeChelle Leiken combined for 59 kills in four matches, leading the Lady Vandals to the championship at the Altamont Tournament on Saturday.

    Each player more than doubled her season total in kills to lead Vandalia past South Central for the first time in many years in the final game of pool play and then by Cumberland in the title game to give the team a 6-0 start for the first time since coach Allison Smith took over the program in 2004.

  • Lady Vandals stay perfect at 7-0

    The Lady Vandals stayed undefeated on Tuesday night, winning their third conference match of the season by beating Carlinville in thrilling fashion, 20-25, 28-26, 28-26.

    The match marked the fourth time that at least one set in a Vandalia match has gone past the 25-point threshold.
    “This is my team’s demeanor,” said coach Allison Smith.

    The match was decided late in the third set, when superior efforts from three Vandalia players broke a match-point serve for Carlinville and resulted in a deflating kill that tied the set at 26.

  • Cavalier run game again gets best of Vandalia in loss

    Carlinville’s potent running game proved to be too much for the Vandalia defense, as the Cavaliers ran away to a 32-14 win last Friday in a game that was marred by downpouring rain in the second half.

    In one of the premier games on the Vandals’ schedule this season, Carlinville showed its offensive might on its second possession, when Brendan Stewart carried the ball 77 yards for a touchdown, breaking several tackles along the way.

  • Football notes: Tough game looms

    A new conference rival will be another big challenge for the Vandalia football team on Friday, when the Vandals travel to Staunton.

    The Bulldogs (2-0) have returned to the South Central Conference this season, and have already showed that they came to contend for championships, having held both Pana and Hillsboro to just seven points.

    Staunton is led by dual-threat quarterback Jake Bruhn, who has thrown for at least 115 yards and run for at least 59 yards in both games this season.

    Rainy night

  • Soccer team gets first goal in loss

    The Vandalia soccer team scored its first goal of the season on Tuesday, but the Vandals weren’t able to come away with the win as Christ Our Rock Lutheran won, 3-1.

    “We did some things right, but we did a lot of things wrong,” said coach Walt Kinney. “Right after they scored that first goal in the first five minutes, we deflated and played that way for the next 15 minutes.”

    Senior Sawyer Dickenson connected on the goal, with an assist from Jussi Craycroft.