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Today's News

  • Area's Class 1A teams all eliminated at regionals

    The three remaining Class 1A schools in the area were all eliminated on Wednesday.

    At the St. Elmo Regional, St. Elmo lost to Nokomis, 37-35.

    At the Woodlawn Regional, Patoka lost to Christ Our Rock Lutheran, 51-49, and South Central lost to Woodlawn, 54-25.

  • Vandals reach regional championship game

    The Vandals have reached the regional championship game for the second straight season after defeating sixth-seeded Hillsboro, 62-52, on Wednesday.

    No. 2 Vandalia will meet top-seeded Teutopolis at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Hillsboro High School. The Wooden Shoes defeated the Vandals earlier this season, when Vandalia allowed a big run in the third quarter after getting within two points.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Isac L. Fancher, 35, rural Edgewood, was arrested on Feb. 19 on an Effingham County warrant for a charge of aggravated batter.y Bond was $75,000.
    • Brandon E. Durre, 21, Altamont, was arrested on Feb. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of reckless driving. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jody L. Richards, 46, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, and Steven F. Stokes, 29, 1500 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, were arrested on charges of methamphetamine, meth precursor or anhydrous ammonia trafficking and possession of cannabis. Bond for each was $25,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 21

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.
    ✔ Midland States Bank, located at 1611 Veterans Ave., will host a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce business after-hours from 5-7 p.m. It will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Those planning to attend are asked to call 283-7035 by this Thursday.

  • All Signed Up

    Vandalia senior Blake Swofford on Tuesday signed a letter of intent to play golf at Rend Lake College.

    From left to right are: Rend Lake coach Lucas Cromeenes, Vandalia coach Brandon Taylor, Swofford and Swofford's parents.

  • Regionals up next after tough end to season

    CARLINVILLE – The Vandals closed the regular season last Friday with another disappointing loss, leaving them at 1-5 in the final six games.
    Coach Brian Buscher said after a 69-63 South Central Conference loss at Carlinville that despite the poor record – and at times, poor play – he wouldn’t change the way the year ended.

  • Vandals headed to state after rout at sectional

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

  • Vandal wrestlers struggle at state tourney

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

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Crime was on the rise in 1997. Courthouse figures show that there were 243 felony cases filed, 92 percent more than the 1996 total of 126. Juvenile cases were up by 101 percent.
    Joe Barth was named a partner in the Vandalia CPA firm of Luallen & Cearlock.
    Tom Harmon, owner of Harmon Foods IGA in Vandalia, confirmed that he had purchased land on Van Tran Avenue (now Veterans Avenue) for a new and larger store.
    Mt. Zion defeated Vandalia 45-24 to break the VCHS wrestlers’ 79-match win streak.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Lila (McFarland) Whitford.
    Identifying her were: JoAnn Corry, Louise (Campbell) Bilyeu, Joyce Cable, Pat Blankenship, Mary Cripe, Jeanie Whitford, Dean Elam, and Doris and Lyle Elam.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy lyrale nawt ot od ghitnemos, oyu ilwl dinf a yaw; fi uyo od ton, oyu lilw nifd na seecux.