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Today's News

  • Miller treasured baseball memories

    With the Cardinals in spring training in Jupiter, Fla., it seems appropriate to tell a story about baseball.
    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, from Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.
    The mere mention of the word "baseball" in a conversation would start Floyd reminiscing about his early days with the Mulberry Grove team.

  • Good luck to area athletes

    It’s the time of year when all the preparation and all the hard work come together to give our local high school athletes a shot at post-season glory.
    They’ve endured the conditioning. They’ve mastered the drills of their sport. And they’ve pulled together as a team to give it their best shot.
    Now is payoff time.

  • FFA Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring this week FFA Week in Vandalia, recognizing that the organization promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success while being a part of the students' agricultural education.

    From left to right, are Vandalia FFA chapter adviser Todd Ehlers, Sentinel Betty Carroll, Secretary Dakota White, President Jacob Rau, Gottman, Vice President Dalton Forehand, Treasurer Colton Draege and Reporter Renee Smith.

  • Johnson hopes for success in musical career

    He works at McCarty’s Auto Body by day. He likes his job and enjoys the “music” of his daytime occupation.

  • Rutherford addresses state issues

    The state treasurer was in town last Thursday to promote a program in his office that returns property being held by the state to its rightful owners.
    While here, Dan Rutherford also addressed comments by local residents on how the state’s financial woes are impacting this community.

  • Another eatery in the works

    It took more than seven years to get a restaurant at the land that houses the Holiday Inn Express. Now, it looks like there may be two eateries at that location.
    Robert and Vicki Ellsworth of Greenville, who announced last month that they will build a Huddle House near Holiday Inn Express, are now involved in negotiations for a second restaurant in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Vicki Ellsworth was at Tuesday’s Vandalia City Council meeting as the council heard the first reading on a liquor license request filed by the Ellsworths.

  • One administrator post cut

    The impact of reduced state funding continued to reverberate through the Vandalia Community School District on Tuesday night as the board of education approved a plan to reorganize the administration team, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

  • Vandals headed to state after rout at sectional

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

    Vandalia has advanced to the dual team state tournament for the fourth straight year and will look to get out of the first round for the first time since 2007 when it meets Litchfield in the state quarterfinals on Saturday after blowing out Murphysboro, 59-6, on Tuesday at the Robinson Sectional.

    The state dual will begin at 9 a.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, with the winner meeting either Plano or Mercer County in the 2 p.m. semifinals.

  • Vandals lose final game of regular season

    CARLINVILLE - The Vandals were unable to win their final regular season game of the season, falling at Carlinville, 69-63, on Friday in South Central Conference action.

    Vandalia closes the regular season by going 1-5 in the final six games, but has the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional. The Vandals will face either Hillsboro or Litchfield next Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m.

  • Dagen only Vandal to continue in consolation bracket

    Junior Tyler Dagen is the only Vandal wrestler to make the consolation bracket at the Illinois High School Association individual state wrestling tournament.

    His first-round opponent, Brandon Lizer of Dakota, was victorious in the championship quarterfinals, and according to tournament criteria, a consolation bracket qualifier is a wrestler who is beaten by a championship bracket wrestler who advance the semifinals.