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Today's News

  • Fun at the Circus

    Evans Public Library held a special circus program as part of its summer reading program on Tuesday, though it had to move the program inside due to the heat.

    In the first photo, Jayden Payne has some success at the bean bag toss. In the second photo, Emmalee Newsome watches as a rainbow is painted on her face. In the third photo, 2-year-old Brody Emerick tries the ring toss game during the circus program at Evans Public Library on Tuesday morning.

  • Man arrested after stabbing

    Charges are pending against a Shobonier man who allegedly stabbed another individual early Sunday morning.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, officers were called to Cages at 215 S. Third St. at 12:31 a.m. for a report of a disturbance.
    As a result of information gathered upon responding to the bar, police arrested Carl H.M. Sprague, 24, on charges of aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and armed violence.

  • Zoning change OK'd after debate

    After the city attorney made a revision to a proposed ordinance amendment in the middle of the discussion, the Vandalia City Council approved that amendment that accommodates a new business on the city’s north side.
    That amendment was approved over the objection of one alderman who said that he believed the city had a better option available for this situation.
    The ordinance amendment allows for the sale of golf carts, compact and utility tractors and attachments, and small skid loaders in areas zoned as general commercial.

  • Senior Spotlight: Ian Murrell

    Ian Murrell dreams in purple and orange.

    Deciding to attend the University of Evansville on a music scholarship, the 2012 graduate of Vandalia hopes to add to his college experience by walking on to the Evansville baseball team and trading his Vandalia red for Evansville purple and orange.

    “Thinking about it, if I were to make the team – and that is a huge if – I will be the only Division I athlete coming out of my class,” Murrell said. “I would have been the last kid to tell that I would be a Division I athlete.

  • Sr. Legion splits against Effingham

    Facing two standout pitchers who will be pitching in college, the Sr. Legion team on Tuesday was able to split a doubleheader against Effingham.

    In game one, Effingham used Nick Gardewire, who will be attending Kaskaskia College, and he allowed just two hits to earn a 3-0 shutout victory.

    “We weren’t very good offensively, but they threw a very, very good pitcher,” said Post 95 coach Andy Rincker. “He’s an upper 80s/lower 90s guy who shut us down.”

  • Childress has two walk-offs for Jr. Legion team

    Derek Childress and the rest of the Jr. Legion squad could get used to this.

    The rising sophomore from Mulberry Grove had a pair of walk-off at-bats in the past week, stroking a double to beat Carlyle last Wednesday and reaching on a two-base error to beat South Central on Saturday.

    “I just try to hit the ball,” Childress said. “I thought it would be the third out (on Saturday).”

  • Vandals make tournament semifinals in second shootout

    After struggling to a 0-4 record on day one, the Vandals came back with two wins in pool play and a 2-1 record in the tournament of the second Vandal shootout last Thursday and Friday.

    It wasn’t necessarily that the Vandals played poorly on the first day – among the losses included a 35-32 loss to North Mac and a 56-55 loss to Olney – but Vandalia opened day two with an exciting 8 a.m. game.

  • Softball team drops home doubleheader to McArthur

    The first home games of the summer didn’t go quite as Vandalia had planned on Tuesday night, as the softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to McArthur.

    Vandalia lost the games, 8-4 and 17-1.

    In the first game, Morgan Whightsil and Kadi Metzger had back-to-back doubles in the third to get the Lady Vandals on the board, and Caitlin Alverson followed with an RBI single.

    In the fourth, Madison Click singled to open the inning, and she would score on a sacrifice fly from Whightsil, who scored on an error the inning before.

  • PHOTOS: Lady Vandal Shootouts

    Lady Vandal summer shootouts were held on Monday and Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. Vandalia was a combined 1-5.

  • Field of Dreams committee sells naming rights to high school baseball field

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee has sold the naming rights of the high school baseball field to a local insurance company.

    Willms and Yakel Insurance Agency has agreed to accept naming rights for the next 10 years. The Field of Dreams committee will receive $4,000 annually, starting with this year.

    A sign will be installed above the scoreboard. That will be purchased and installed by Willms and Yakel.