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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-May 5, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • Get rid of junk during annual cleanup week

    Are you wondering what it’d be like to be able to park your car in the garage again?
    Are you sick of looking at that old green refrigerator sitting in the back yard?
    Are you tired of trying to make a discarded air conditioner look like modern art in your flower bed?
    Well, hope is on the way.
    Next week, Vandalia residents will be able to dispose of old appliances and other large items through the city’s annual Cleanup Week.

  • 'French 500' had connection in Fayette

    One of the “perks” of being involved in history and historical research is that, from time to time, I am contacted by people with fascinating stories about their Fayette County family.

  • Lady Vandals place seventh at SCC Championships

    CARLINVILLE – Led by two second-place finishes from sophomore Sierah Ruffner, the Vandalia girls track team finished seventh at the South Central Conference Championships on Tuesday, with 28 points.

    The meet also marked the final SCC Championships for Vandalia coach Mike Travelstead.

    “I didn’t think about, but I guess it is,” he said. “It’s starting to sink in; 23 years is a long time. I’ve enjoyed it.”

  • Senior Spotlight: Christina Pennington

    CARLINVILLE – Christina Pennington was never going to be tall.

    “It was given that I’d be short,” she said. “It’s in the family genes. If I want to be taller, I wear my heels.”

    The 4-foot-11 senior hasn’t let that deter her from pursuing an athletic career, however, and even though she is rarely among the top finishers, she is one of the most important athletes on Vandalia’s girls track team.

  • IHSA announce regional seeds, schedules

    The Illinois High School Association announced last week the seeds and schedules for this season's baseball and softball regional tournaments.

    Seeds and schedules for the tournaments involving area teams are listed below.

  • Greenville ends Lady Vandals' run at perfection

    GREENVILLE – The timing of the Vandalia softball team’s 10-2 loss to Greenville on Monday was both good and bad.

    It was good, because beating a team three times in a season is difficult, and that could have been the task facing the Lady Vandals in the regional tournament had they swept the regular-season series on Monday.

    It was bad, because it was a conference game, and a loss always makes winning a conference title a bit more difficult.

  • After week of rainouts, Vandals defeat CORL

    Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s were a far cry from the conditions that had canceled six Vandalia baseball games in the nine days before the Vandals met Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday.

    But on a field that still had some wet spots, the Vandals punched out five runs and survived a late surge by the Silver Stallions against their backup defense to beat Christ Our Rock, 5-3, after rain had soaked the area for almost a week.

  • NFHS creates new HS wrestling weights

    Sweeping changes have been made the weight classes in high school wrestling after the National Federation of State High School Associations’ wrestling rules committee approved an upward shift that changes 10 of the 14 weight classes.

    The four weight classes that did not change are 145, 152, 160 and 285 pounds. The new weights are: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (April 16)