Today's News

  • Senior Spotlight: Alex Henna

    Senior catcher Alex Henna showed off her strong arm on Monday, throwing out several runners in key situations during an 8-5 loss to Lincolnwood.

    One of those throws squashed a rally from the Lady Lancers.

    “She threw out at least two runners (today),” Buscher said. “On one, she blocked the pitch, picked it up and still threw her out.

    “It could have been a nightmare, but we got out of it because of her great play.”

  • State way behind on funds to schools

    Eight months into the fiscal year, the Vandalia Community School District has received only one of the quarterly categorical payments from the state. That amounts to a shortfall of about $500,000 in funding for items such as transportation, special education and the food program.
    Additionally, the district has received no state funds for the Pre-K program that it reintroduced this year.
    In the vocational area, the district has received only one of the four annual payments.

  • Loitering ban on city lots planned

    The Vandalia City Council took action to prohibit loitering on a downtown parking lot, then discussed at length taking the same action for two city lots.

  • Vandals walk off with season-opening victory

    It’s just one game into the season, but the Vandals already look like a different baseball team.

    After losing a 1-0 lead by committing two errors in the fourth inning, the Vandals rallied to score a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to beat Lincolnwood, 3-2, in their season-opener.

    “I’ve seen our team get in the situation where a team scores two runs and the wind comes out of our sails and we deflate,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “That’s the way this team has been, but today we came through and finished strong.”

  • Council talks about a switch to angle parking, violations

    Now that the streetscape has improved the appearance of Vandalia’s downtown business district, one alderman said the city should consider action to make it more convenient for downtown shoppers.
    But, Mayor Rick Gottman said, the city might not even be able to consider that action.
    “I suggest that we begin a conversation on parking downtown,” Alderman Andy Lester said at Monday’s city council meeting.
    “I would like to see us at least discuss … getting rid of parallel parking,” Lester said.

  • Vandal notes: Brick provides motivation

    It’s not toilet humor at all.

    A brick that sits on top of the water cooler in Vandalia has the words “flush it” written on it eight times, and the message doesn’t pertain to bathrooms.

    It actually has become a very serious motivator in the mental approach for each of Vandalia’s baseball players, who use the phrase to get over mistakes.

  • No local races = low voter turnout

    With only one local contest on the ballot, light voter turnout was expected in Fayette County for Tuesday’s primary election.

  • Errors causing problems for Vandalia softball team

    Vandalia’s softball team has struggled with defense in its first few games of the year, but coach Brian Buscher still believes his team can have a successful season.

    “We’re 0-3, but we are good enough to be 3-0,” he said. “We are better than this, but by no means are we playing well.”

    In the team’s three official games, the Lady Vandals have committed 17 errors. In two innings of a game against

    Hutsonville that was canceled by rain last Saturday, there were two more committed.

  • Eagles 'turn corner' in losses at Greenville

    GREENVILLE – St. Elmo came away from two games at last Saturday’s Greenville Round-Robin without any wins, but with some positive momentum.

    In the first of back-to-back games, the Eagles lost a back-and-forth affair to Harvard, 8-7, and then stifled defending sectional finalist Greenville’s offense in a 2-0 loss.

    “Today, I think we turned the corner,” said coach Ryan Beccue. “Last week, I thought we were so-so (in two games). Today, we were swinging better, so I’m not worried about being 1-3.”

  • St. Elmo notes: Maxey impresses at plate

    GREENVILLE – Though he is just a sophomore, Levi Maxey showed tremendous plate discipline during Saturday’s 8-7 loss to Harvard.

    In four plate appearances, Maxey did not swing and miss at any of the 14 strikes he saw, fouling off 12 of them.

    “Doing that as a sophomore is a pretty big deal,” said coach Ryan Beccue.

    He fouled off the first four pitches of his at-bat in the third inning before singling to start a two-run rally, and he drew a walk on five pitches in the fourth inning to load the bases during a four-run inning.