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Today's News

  • Rev. Dan Rush celebrates 25 years at Bethel Baptist

    It was 25 years ago on Nov. 1 that the Rev. Dan Rush arrived in Vandalia to pastor the Bethel Baptist Church, bringing his wife, Kathy, and their two young children, Brittany, age 4, and Micah, age 2.

  • Ruot to seek second term as circuit clerk

    With more than three decades of experience in the circuit clerk’s office, the woman who has headed up that office for the past 3¼  years wants to continue doing so for four more.

  • Jim, Joyce Staff are grand marshals for Lions' Halloween parade

     A long-time member of the Vandalia Lions Club, Jim Staff currently serves as the chairman of the committee organizing the club’s annual Halloween parade.
    The duties of the committee include selecting a grand marshal for the parade. But this year, the current club president told Staff that his committee would not need to do that.
    “Les (Smith) told that whatever choice we would come up with would be overruled,” Staff said.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with thefts

    A Brownstown man who was charged with theft from the Brownstown School District last fall has now been charged with the theft of funds from a township.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel has charged Rodney L. Deal with the theft of Otego Township monies while he served as the township supervisor.
    Deal, 55, has been charged with two counts of theft, including a Class 1 felony which alleges that he stole between $100,000 and $500,000, and a Class 2 felony alleging the theft of up to $100,000.

  • Lady Vandals advance to regional title game

    FLORA – Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Smith probably didn’t even know what a regional championship was the last time the Lady Vandals won one.

    It’s been 26 seasons, but the hope is that the drought will end on Thursday.

    “I think this team is really eager to get a championship,” Smith said. “They keep saying, ‘1985.’ I say, ‘Yes, in 1985, I was 5 years old, so let’s get this done.’”

  • Vandalia hosting Pana in playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team learned on Saturday night that it will be hosting conference foe Pana in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night at 7 p.m.

    “It’s something we probably didn’t expect,” said coach John Stout of playing at home. “It’s always good to start the first round at home, and I think it’s a big advantage for us.”

    Just two weeks ago, Pana (6-3) came to play in Vandalia, with the Vandals (6-3) holding on for a nail-biting 20-14 win.

  • Two schools to play for regional titles

    The South Central and St. Elmo High School volleyball teams will play for regional championships on Thursday.

    The top-seeded Lady Cougars had little trouble in defeating No. 4 Wayne City, earning the win on their own floor, 25-15, 25-10.

    In Altamont, No. 2 St. Elmo defeated third-seeded Ramsey in the semifinals, 22-25, 28-26, 25-16.

    For South Central, it was seniors Kinzie Neilson and Emily Atwood who led the offensive attack, with eight and seven kills, respectively.

    Junior Kellie Crain added four service aces.

  • Senior Spotlight: Blake Mills

    It's hurt for a while now.

    Injured during a game against Marquette Catholic almost a month and a half ago, Blake Mills' ankle has yet to fully heal, but that hasn't stopped the Vandalia senior from taking the field every game this season.

    Playing exclusively on the defensive side of the ball since his injury, save for a couple of snaps at center last Friday, Mills has established himself as the Vandals' top tackler, with 54 solos and six for a loss on the season.

  • Sperry, Scholes named co-MVPs of EIC; area players dominate selections

    St. Elmo High School seniors Ben Sperry and Blaine Scholes were named co-MVPs of the Egyptian-Illini Conference to lead a group of area players  who made up the entire all-conference first team.

    In total, area players filled all but six of the spots on the second team and honorable mention team, with players from Beecher City rounding out the selections.

    2011 EIC All-Conference

  • St. Elmo wins EIC

    ST. ELMO – The St. Elmo High School volleyball team won the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Friday, defeating Christ Our Rock Lutheran in three sets.

    Junior Megan Maxey led the Lady Eagles with nine kills and junior Katie Stites added eight of her own during the 25-18, 23-25, 15-10 victory on St. Elmo's home floor.