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Today's News

  • Johnson hopes for success in musical career

    He works at McCarty’s Auto Body by day. He likes his job and enjoys the “music” of his daytime occupation.

  • Rutherford addresses state issues

    The state treasurer was in town last Thursday to promote a program in his office that returns property being held by the state to its rightful owners.
    While here, Dan Rutherford also addressed comments by local residents on how the state’s financial woes are impacting this community.

  • Another eatery in the works

    It took more than seven years to get a restaurant at the land that houses the Holiday Inn Express. Now, it looks like there may be two eateries at that location.
    Robert and Vicki Ellsworth of Greenville, who announced last month that they will build a Huddle House near Holiday Inn Express, are now involved in negotiations for a second restaurant in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Vicki Ellsworth was at Tuesday’s Vandalia City Council meeting as the council heard the first reading on a liquor license request filed by the Ellsworths.

  • One administrator post cut

    The impact of reduced state funding continued to reverberate through the Vandalia Community School District on Tuesday night as the board of education approved a plan to reorganize the administration team, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

  • Vandals headed to state after rout at sectional

    ROBINSON – Will the fourth time be the charm for the Vandals?

    Vandalia has advanced to the dual team state tournament for the fourth straight year and will look to get out of the first round for the first time since 2007 when it meets Litchfield in the state quarterfinals on Saturday after blowing out Murphysboro, 59-6, on Tuesday at the Robinson Sectional.

    The state dual will begin at 9 a.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, with the winner meeting either Plano or Mercer County in the 2 p.m. semifinals.

  • Vandals lose final game of regular season

    CARLINVILLE - The Vandals were unable to win their final regular season game of the season, falling at Carlinville, 69-63, on Friday in South Central Conference action.

    Vandalia closes the regular season by going 1-5 in the final six games, but has the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional. The Vandals will face either Hillsboro or Litchfield next Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m.

  • Dagen only Vandal to continue in consolation bracket

    Junior Tyler Dagen is the only Vandal wrestler to make the consolation bracket at the Illinois High School Association individual state wrestling tournament.

    His first-round opponent, Brandon Lizer of Dakota, was victorious in the championship quarterfinals, and according to tournament criteria, a consolation bracket qualifier is a wrestler who is beaten by a championship bracket wrestler who advance the semifinals.

  • Thursday blood drive in St. Peter

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. next Thursday at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.

    It was incorrectly stated in this week's issue that the blood drive is in Vandalia. We apologize for the error.

  • Vandals unable to get victory in individual state preliminaries

    CHAMPAIGN - The Vandals struggled offensively in dropping all four preliminary bouts at the individual state wrestling tournament.

    Battling at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois on Thursday, none of the Vandals who qualified for the event were able to come away with a victory, and only one of them ever had a lead.

  • LIVE UPDATES: IHSA individual wrestling tournament

    CHAMPAIGN -- Please check back throughout the afternoon to see live results and some photos of Vandalia's four matches at the Illinois High School Association individual state tournament.

    The event began on Thursday, and individuals participating are: Chaston Womack (106), Dalton Blankenship (138), Tyler Dagen (145) and Zach Jackson (160).

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