Today's News

  • Vandalia 8th-graders move on while 7th-graders fall

    The Vandalia eighth-grade volleyball team advanced in the Staunton Regional on Tuesday, beating East Alton-Wood River, 25-17, 25-11.

    With the win, the Jr. Lady Vandals played again on Wednesday against Carlinville.

    Top-seeded Vandalia was led by Leah Francis, who had two aces and two kills. Mindy Ritchey and Karlie Bright each added three aces.

  • No IKWF state qualifiers for Vandalia; two younger wrestlers win at sectionals

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow won the intermediate 138-pound division at the Highland Sectional.

    He wrestles for the King Select Wrestling Club and plans to wrestle in next weekend's midget state meet in Danville.

    Vandalia Jr. Club wrestler Tanner Swain won the intermediate 79-pound division at Highland, and at the intermediate 55-pound division, Kyle Miller placed second and Jarek Wehrle placed third.

    Markus Isaiah also wrestled.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 8)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams.

    Audrey Matheny • Soph. • Lake Land College

    •2011-12 – Matheny, a South Central graduate, played in 27 games for Lake Land this past season. She scored 59 points (1.96 per game) in helping Lake Land to a 21-9 record.

  • St. Elmo falls in sectional semifinals

    BRIDGEPORT- The St. Elmo boys basketball team had trouble making shots from the field during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Senior Ben Sperry led the Eagles (22-8), with 14 points and eight rebounds, but that was not enough to overcome two first-half runs by Woodlawn that put St. Elmo behind 27-18 at halftime.

    After Sperry hit a layup to open the scoring, Woodlawn used a layup of its own and back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run that put St. Elmo behind, 11-2.

  • Church Briefs

    Sausage, pancake supper March 8

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held next Thursday, March 8, from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Women's Bible study Tuesday

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    As people were entering Evergreen Outreach on Monday, SoftFire was playing Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” Other foot-tapping melodies, such as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and  “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,” also were played.
    David and Patricia Pence, known as SoftFire, provided the entertainment for the day. They brought their beautiful border collies with them – Daniel, John, Rufus and Gracie.

  • First Baptist, Temple Baptist churches considering a merger

    Within the Christian community today there is a term used to describe churches that are different from the traditional church.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday evening at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • Births

    Oliver James Schaal
    Jeff and Kelly Schaal of Des Peres, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 3:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

  • Card Showers

    Earl Hovious
    A card shower is planned for Earl Hovious of Brownstown, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on March 3.