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Today's News

  • Summer Breeze planning wedding show

    A wedding show will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday,  Feb 17, at Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James.
    Hours for the show are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
    Several vendors already have signed up to attend, including Davis Bakery, Jill Wright Photography, Serenity Therapeutic Massage and Fayette County Real Estate, with others pending. Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning will be a vendor  and will be selling new wedding dresses from the former Queen Bee bridal shop.

  • Laack Flooring Innovations

    For the past 13 years, Jason Laack has been installing floor coverings and ceramic tile for area stores and individuals.

  • Legislators must address finances

    The Illinois General Assembly’s lame duck session ended Tuesday with a whimper, as legislators once again refused to deal with the state’s out-of-control finances.
    After failing to come up with a plan to begin fixing the $96 billion (billion!) pension shortfall, the house and senate adjourned – kicking the can down the road to be dealt with by the next legislative session.
    Or the next. Or the next.

  • Several bridges have spanned the Kaskaskia

    According to the Jan. 18, 1823, issue of the Illinois Intelligencer newspaper, a bridge built by A.H. Muckel spanned the Kaskaskia River by that date.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Elvis Presley commemorative stamps went on sale at the Vandalia Post Office, and all were gone within an hour.
    Maranatha Felmlee, the reigning Miss Fayette County, was competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant in Springfield.
    A logjam in the Kaskaskia River threatened to damage the city of Vandalia’s river intake and a United Cities Gas Co. Line.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows the cast of a play, "The Eyes of Faith," performed in about 1955 at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia's Josie Earnest returning to Team USA

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest has qualified for Team USA in women’s bowling for the second straight year.

    Placing third at the Team USA Trials in Henderson, Nev., Earnest is assured a spot on the team, a place in the QubicaAMF World Cup and prize money.

    Defending trial champ Danielle McEwan took first in the national field on Monday, while Diandra Asbaty, a 15-time team USA selection, finished second.

    In the championship ladder semifinals, Earnest lost to McEwan, 199-181, but the third-place finish was good enough to qualify for Team USA.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Whightsil

    VANDALIA – Morgan Whightsil does all of the little things well.

    And while those small things may not generate many headlines or highlight plays, they do help earn wins, respect of coaches and teammates, and potentially a spot on a college roster.

    The 5-foot-5 defensive guru is the best post defender for the Lady Vandals this season, using strong fundamentals to make up for her small stature.

  • Vandals beat Altamont with potent attack

    VANDALIA – After losing to Pinckneyville on Saturday in what may have been the worst performance of the season, first-year boys basketball coach Brian Buscher gave the Vandals a homework assignment.

    Players were required to write down 10 reasons why they play basketball, and at Monday’s practice, they worked together to learn each other’s answers and set new team goals.

  • Lady Vandals begin 2013 with three straight wins

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals have opened the calendar year with three straight wins after beating county rival South Central, 72-11, on Monday.

    Eleven Lady Vandals scored in the game against the inexperienced Lady Cougars, with senior Amber Bruno pacing the offense with 18 points.

    Junior Megan Godoyo had 15, while junior Kaitlyn Kershaw had a season-high 10 and freshman Karlie Bright matched her career-high with seven for the Lady Vandals (8-11).