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Today's News

  • Book tells of first murders in Fayette County

    Over the years, I have written about many of the first murders committed in our county,  with the information coming from the “History of Fayette County, Illinois,” published in 1878.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in close playoff game

    Six seniors played their final football game in front of a home crowd during the first round of the state playoffs last Friday night, taking a tough loss to Pana, 14-7.

    Those players – Levi Ulmer, Bryan Hosick, Blake Mills, Quenten Austin, Daniel Edwards and Anthony Fladeland – all played significant roles in allowing the Vandals to place third in the South Central Conference and earn the team’s first playoff berth since 2008.

  • Halloween shows city's sidewalk shortcomings

    Vandalia has a sidewalk problem.
    Though it’s an issue that’s been noted by city officials before, driving around on Halloween night underscored the dangerous conditions to which our pedestrians are subjected.
    Young trick-or-treaters swarmed in the streets all along Locust Street and up Shelley Drive. And even though the trunk-or-treat event in the parking lot of Sunset Plaza was off the road, parking and pedestrian traffic on Sunset made it truly scary to drive through that area.

  • Lady Vandals run into one of state's top teams

    FLORA – Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith said she will not be surprised if Breese Central finishes its season at the state tournament.

    So after the Lady Cougars defeated her squad in the regional championship game last Thursday, Smith made sure to remind her team of all the accomplishments that were achieved throughout the season.

  • Vandalia resident set to line judge at state

    An official from Vandalia will be a line judge at the state volleyball tournament next Friday and Saturday.

    Ruth Holliday, who has been an Illinois High School Association volleyball official for 33 years, for the first time in her career was selected to take part in the state tournament in Normal.

    “It’s an honor and a thrill,” Holliday said. “It’s the first time I have gone this far.”

    In other postseason action this fall, she will also officiate at a super-sectional match.

  • St. Elmo falls in regional championship game; ends season with 21 wins

    The St. Elmo High School volleyball team put up a challenge against Altamont in a Class 1A regional championship game last Thursday, but the Lady Indians were able to scrape out a win in three sets, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23.

    The loss put the Lady Eagles' final record at 21-15 for the season, and the team achieved that mark without any senior starters.

    Seniors Patricia Guerrero and Taylor Spain were both role players, and made key contributions throughout the season.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 3

    • Kevin L. Hughes, 39, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 1 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $250 cash.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Oct. 31 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Phillip L. Allison, 33, Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 31 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • The College Report: Bowling begins

    Vanderbilt University could not have started off the bowling season much better.

    Although Vanderbilt has just one outing in the books, the women's bowling team, of which Jessica Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, is a member, won the Alabama A&M University Tri-Meet. In the head-to-head competition, Vanderbilt defeated Alabama A&M (970-948) and Alabama State University (960-850). In the win over Alabama A&M, Earnest bowled a 200. She rolled a 194 in the win over ASU.

  • News Briefs

    Vandalois orders being taken

    Orders for the 2011-12 edition of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, will be taken during both lunch hours at the school next week.
    The cost is $45, or $50 for yearbooks with a name engraved on the cover. Those wishing to order a yearbook are required to put down a $25 deposit.
    For more information, contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge by phone at the high school, 283-5155, or by e-mail at avieregge@vandals.k12.il.us.

  • Jr. High basketball scores (Nov. 3)

    Vandalia 7th-grade boys
    at Pana Tournament
    Monday, Oct. 31
    Central A&M 42
    Vandalia 11
    Points: Alec Schroeder, 5; Cole Horner, 3; Richie Well, 3.
    Rebounds: Well, 7.
    Record: 0-2

    Saturday, Oct. 29
    Taylorville 28
    Vandalia 25
    Points: Richie Well, 10; Kain DuFaux, 6; Dakota Graham, 4; Curtis Gordon, 3; Alec Schroeder, 2.
    Rebounds: DuFaux, 5; Schroeder, 5; Graham, 3; Gordon, 2; Well, 1.
    Record: 0-1