Today's News

  • Senior Spotlight: Brandon Budds

    MULBERRY GROVE – There’s a stark contrast between Brandon Budds the ballplayer and the Brandon Budds that rides the bus to and from games.

    The Patoka senior is one of the leading players and jokesters on the teams, slinging Will Ferrell one-liners on the way to games, but slinging words of advice inside the fences.

    “Usually our funniness stays on the bus,” he said. “We’ll joke on the ride here, but once we are on the field, there‘s no more joking.”

  • King's Treasure is ending its 12-year daycare run

    Twelve years ago, Vicky Blackerby,  decided to give up teaching school for two very good reasons – her and husband Rob’s new twin babies.  

  • Murrell's gem leads to SCC win for VHS

    Senior Ian Murrell remained perfect after tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout against Pana last Friday.

    The win, which also included 13 strikeouts, was his fifth of the season.

    “We got what we needed from our pitcher today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “He was ahead of all the hitters, changed speeds well and had a lot of confidence.”

    Just three batters got three balls in the count, and only two of them got ahead with a 2-1 count. Among them, only one got a hit.

  • Eggs-citing weekend

    Easter weekend featured a variety of activities in Fayette County.

  • Vandals drop doubleheader to Okawville

    Vandalia squandered opportunities to win both games of a doubleheader against Okawville on Saturday, leaving the team at what may become an early-season crossroads.

    After starting 6-3, the two losses came from a team that has struggled for many years, and if the Vandals don’t learn from their mistakes, the season could go in the wrong direction.

    “We will come away from this day learning some things,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We’ll have to be tough mentally.

  • LaDage named assistant regional superintendent

    The new assistant regional superintendent of schools for this area is a familiar face to educators in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, and especially to those in Vandalia.

  • Vandal notes: Godoyo shows bounce-back ability

    A day after striking out four times, Vandalia junior Leyton Godoyo put the struggles behind him and had six quality at-bats during a doubleheader against Okawville.

    The Vandals lost both of those games on Saturday, but Godoyo getting himself straightened out was definitely a bright spot.

    “He had a rough day yesterday, but he rebounded well for us today,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Once he bunted for a hit, you knew he would have a nice day.”

  • Child batterer gets 11 1/2 years in prison

    A Vandalia man has agreed to serve 11½ years in prison for the aggravated battery of a child.
    Jason A. Eller, 34, 1320 W. Madison St., entered an Alford plea to the offense in front of Judge Allan Lolie Jr. in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to committing the crime, but does admit that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
    Aggravated battery of a child is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Vandals win first meet at new VCHS facility

    Vandalia welcomed threeteams to town for the first high school meet here since the 1980s, and the home teams didn’t disappoint a decent-sized crowd.

    The boys team placed first in 12 of 18 events to win, and the girls added six top finishes to place second last Thursday during a meet that was slowed just once.

    Boys coach Jane Bell had been admittedly nervous going into the meet, and when it ended with the only delay having been due to the set-up of the 300-meter hurdles, she was satisfied.

  • Lady Vandals have tough week with three losses

    The Lady Vandals ended a tough week with a poor defensive performance in an 18-2 loss to Altamont on Tuesday.

    Vandalia committed 10 errors during the game and struggled against the hard-throwing Katie Lang of Altamont, getting seven base runners in five innings.

    Altamont jumped out to just a 2-0 lead in the first inning, despite four errors from Vandalia, but the Lady Vandals were able to get a run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by senior Alex Henna.