Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    St. James women publish cookbook

    For more than 150 years, the women of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have been known as great cooks.
    To help raise money to restore the church's steeple, the women have published the "Town and Country Cookbook."
    The book includes more than 250 recipes, contributed by more than 100 church members. To obtain one, call the church at 283-0725.

    Sefton churches to meet Sept. 8, 9

  • Minister's Forum

    In the beginning, God created the Garden of Eden for his children. In the midst of the garden grew the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. The Lord God told Adam that he could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

  • Senior Spotlight: Alex Newsom

    The big question coming into this football season was, “How are the Vandals going to replace Levi Ulmer?”

    The bruising fullback moved on to Ripon College, leaving a 1,200-yard void at the fullback position, but ask anyone in the Vandalia football program whether they think a void really exists, and you’ll get a pretty standard answer.

  • Earnest wins two Team USA medals

    Vandalia native Josie Earnest added to her collection of bowling awards by taking the individual bronze medal for Team USA in a tournament this past week.

    Bowling at the international PABCON Adult Championships in Henderson, Nev., Earnest finished third in the Master’s Division all-events on Saturday by averaging nearly 220 pins per game throughout the week-long tournament.

    The all-events pin totals included games bowled earlier in the week as an individual and those bowled with a team.

  • Big names in VCHS Athletic HOF class of '12

    Vandalia’s last state-champion wrestler and the last wrestling team to place at state join the coach who brought

    Vandalia’s wrestling team to prominence and one of the best basketball players ever to play at the school in the 2012 athletic hall of fame class.

    Jo-E Smith, the 2007 individual state wrestling champion at 152 pounds, will be inducted as an individual, as well as with the 2007 wrestling team, which placed second in the state.

  • Lady Vandals open season with victory

    Two seniors dominated the attack and 12 service aces helped bring the Lady Vandals a season-opening conference win on Tuesday, as they defeated Staunton, 25-18, 25-19.

    Sierah Ruffner led the offense in the first set, putting down all five of her kills during the set, including three in four points during a stretch that saw Vandalia widen its lead to five points at 16-11.

  • Seniors star as Vandals defeat Gillespie, 42-14

    Ryan Ambuehl could feel the pressure from behind him as he ran through open space on the first play of Vandalia’s third first-quarter drive.

    So the senior running back kicked himself into a higher gear.

    Ambuehl threw a stiff-arm and then rumbled 69 yards for Vandalia’s second touchdown of the quarter, helping set the tone of a 42-14 season-opening win against Gillespie last Friday.

  • Football notes: Tough challenge lies ahead

    The good news is that the Vandals get to play Carlinville at home.

    The bad news is that when Carlinville comes to town, it brings along arguably the best running backs in the conference.

    Vandalia's defense will have one of its toughest challenges of the year on Friday when it tries to stop senior running backs Brendan Stewart and Cory Farneti from repeating their Week 1 performances, as the Vandals try to avenge last season's 28-21 loss in a critical South Central Conference matchup.

  • Orrell's late hit gives Warriors Ramsey Tournament title

    RAMSEY – Senior Jake Orrell stroked a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie with Brownstown for the winning runs last Friday in the championship game of the Ramsey Tournament.

    After struggling in game one of the tournament, Orrell drove in four runs in the final two games, and coach Joe Eddy is hopeful that is a sign that Orrell can help Patoka to a strong season.

  • Jones shows toughness in win vs. Greenville

    She was tired, but it was worth it.

    “I am totally exhausted,” said senior Bailey Jones as she came off of the court after winning her doubles match last Thursday to secure Vandalia’s 5-4 win against Greenville.

    Prior to her doubles match, Jones was entrenched in a battle with Greenville’s Abby Gaffner, erasing a 6-9 deficit to force a tiebreaker.