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Today's News

  • Field of Dreams starts another project

    Beginning last Wednesday, the fencing at the high school softball diamond was removed to make way for the construction of new dugouts that will match those at the high school baseball field. The Field of Dreams committee is holding its monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., where more information will be shared. The public is invited to attend.

  • All-weather track nears completion

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was not completed by the initial Aug. 1 deadline, but it is nearing completion.

    Heavy rains have delayed construction at times this summer, but it does not appear that the track construction will have any effect on the first home football game, which is on Sept. 9 against Roxana.

  • Illinois gov't adopts IHSA concussion standards

    Gov. Pat Quinn last Thursday signed legislation that will help protect Illinois student-athletes from concussions and other brain injuries.

    The new law ensures that athletes who receive a concussion will not be allowed to return to play or practice until they are evaluated and receive written clearance from a licensed health professional.

    Additionally, the law ensures that student-athletes, parents and coaches are able to recognize the signs of a concussion.

  • VCHS tennis team to open practice on Aug. 15

    Practice for the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

    Practices will be on weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the high school tennis courts.

    Athletes must have a physical on file before attending.

    The season opens at home against conference foes Roxana on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Marquette Catholic on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

    Last season, the tennis team won five matches, which was a higher number than coach Kevin Schroeder expected.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball Results from July 26-28

    Tuesday, July 26
    Game 1
    K-Moe’s 8
    Montgomery Plumbing 1
    •Wyant Schnarre doubled twice and Justin Lowe doubled once for K-Moe’s.
    Game 2
    K-Moe’s 4
    Montgomery 1
    •Schnarre turned a triple play, and Keri Wilkinson, Nick Simmons and Drew Jones had extra-base hits for K-Moe’s.
    Game 3
    Ugly Koyote 15
    Goldsmith Farms 2
    •Nick Beard tripled, John Spier doubled and Joe Eddy doubled for Ugly Koyote.
    Game 4
    Ugly Koyote 9

  • Community Sports Briefs (August 4)

    YMCA to host sand volleyball tourney

    The Fayette County Family YMCA is hosting a double-elimination sand volleyball tournament on Sept. 24-25.

    The registration fee is $90 per team. A maximum of eight people high school-age or older can be on a team, but only six individuals will receive a T-shirt. At least two women must on the court at all times.

    Those younger than 18 will need a parent's signature to play, and all players must sign a waiver.

    The minimum number of players on the court is four, and the maximum is six.

  • SAFE Tournament P.M. Winners

    The members of the SAFE Charity Golf Tournament's first place p.m. women's team are pictured.

  • SAFE Tournament A.M. Winners

    The members of the SAFE Charity Golf Tournament's first place a.m. women's team are pictured.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (July 16)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, July 16.

  • Ron Stephens makes resignation official

    “I am resigning my position as State Representative of the 102nd District effective today.

    "While it was a very difficult decision to make, I have chosen to step down for personal reasons, and look forward to spending more time with my family.  My only regret is not being able to finish out my term.