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Today's News

  • Stokke will speak at third Lenten Luncheon

    The Rev. Krista Stokke, who began her ministry at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee in January, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon, which will be held at St. James Lutheran Church.

  • Enbridge explains plans for pipeline at open house on Tuesday

    A company that plans to lay a pipeline through the center of Fayette County came to Vandalia on Tuesday to explain those plans.

  • Rutherford considering run for governor

    During Dan Rutherford’s recent visit to Vandalia, it was intimated that he would be a gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

  • Vandal wrestlers lose heartbreaker at state

    BLOOMINGTON – After some of the early bouts didn’t go as well as Vandalia had planned, it was up to a pair of freshmen to keep alive the team’s hopes of advancing at state.

    Kolten Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey each refused to get pinned in their bouts, leaving the Vandals a chance to win the match against Litchfield in the first round of Saturday’s Illinois High School Association dual team state tournament.

    But it wasn’t to be, as Vandalia fell just short in a 31-29 loss.

  • Vandals fall to T-Town in regional title game

    HILLSBORO – Unlike the first time the teams matched up on Feb. 5, Teutopolis was not going to let the Vandals hang around in last Friday’s regional championship game.

    Vandalia trailed by as few as two points in the second half of that first matchup, but the Wooden Shoes used strong man-to-man defense and transition offense to take a 12-point lead after the first quarter of an 85-48 rout.

  • Schroeder steps down as tennis coach

    VANDALIA – For the first time since 1995, the Vandalia tennis program will have a new coach when the girls begin the season in August.

    Citing family reasons, Kevin Schroeder has resigned as coach of the team after 18 seasons.

    “I am getting out of it because (my youngest son) Alec is in high school sports, and when (my oldest son) Christian was in high school, I never really got to see him,” Schroeder said. “I missed at least three-fourths of his soccer matches and baseball games.”

  • Area teams out in regional semis

    None of the area's Class 1A boys basketball teams were able to advance to a regional championship game last week.

    Three of the six teams made it into last Wednesday's semifinals, but none of them were able to come away victorious.

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    At the St. Elmo Regional, the hosts of the event fell in a heart-breaking 37-35 loss to eventual champion Nokomis.

    Junior Levi Maxey finished his stellar season with a game-high 21 points to end the season with 500 points (17.2 per game).

  • Two Brownstown girls make state in 3-point contest; two boys advance

    Two Brownstown girls basketball players reached the state level in the 3-point showdown, but neither of them were able to advance to the finals.

    Junior Danie Austin and sophomore Audriana Pruett shot with the best Class 1A girls sharpshooters in the state last Thursday, with Austin making one 3 and Pruett making seven. Nine makes were needed to make the finals.

    The event took place at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal.

    On the boys side, two local players advanced out of the regional 3-point showdown.

  • Eighth-grade volleyball team No. 1 seed at regionals

    The Vandalia Jr. High eighth-grade volleyball team has earned the No. 1 seed in the Teutopolis Regional, and will open play there on Saturday.

    Vandalia will meet either No. 4 Cowden-Herrick or No. 5 St. Elmo at 10 a.m. at Teutopolis Jr. High, with the winner advancing to next Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional championship game.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals enter the game with a 14-5 record after sweeping Jr. Mid-State Conference play.

  • Seven Jr. Vandals earn wrestling regional titles

    Seven Jr. Vandals earned regional championships on Saturday at the South Regional in Herrin, with five of them advancing to this weekend’s sectional.

    In the Novice Division for 11- and 12-year-olds, champions were: Jarek Wehrle (62), Tanner Swain (89) and Garret Stewart (130).

    In the Senior Division for 13- and 14-year-olds, champions were: Jarrett Pasley (89) and Shane White (166).

    All five of them will compete at this Saturday’s South Sectional at Highland High School. The event begins at 9 a.m.