Today's News

  • Prep roundup (March 29)

    Vandalia, South Central combine for 20 runs

    The Vandalia high school softball team picked up its first victory of the season in a 16-4 rout of South Central on Monday.

    Four Lady Vandals had three hits in the game, and four other players had an extra-base hit.

    Senior Molli Tedrick, who picked up her first win from the pitcher's circle with a complete-game effort, paced the offense with a 3-for-4 day, including three RBI and two runs.

  • Help needed for home track meet

    Volunteers are needed to help make Vandalia's first home track meet in years a successful one.

    The meet will be held next Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

    Anyone interested in helping at the meet should contact the high school at 283-5155 or boys track coach Jane Bell at 704-5515.

    Helpers will also be needed at the second home meet of the season, which will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (March 29)

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

    Taylor Parrish, a 2011 graduate of Vandalia High School and a current freshman volleyball player at Franklin University was honored by the NCAA on National Student-Athlete Day.

    Parrish was one of 60 NCAA athletes in Indiana to be honored for "achieving excellence in academics and athletics while making a significant contribution to the community."


  • NEW: Double fatality ruled suicide-homicide

     After an extensive investigation by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen into the Feb. 19 crash on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia, a conclusion as to the cause of the crash has been reached.

    Two people lost their lives in this crash, 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval  and 74-year-old Robert Norris of Vernon.

  • Vandals baseball game canceled

    Vandalia baseball vs. Ramsey has been canceled this afternoon due to the weather.

  • Card Shower

    Edna Irene Sidwell
    A card shower has been requested for Edna Irene Sidwell, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on April 3.
    She would appreciate cards from family and friends. Cards may be sent to: Edna Irene Sidwell, c/o Friendship Manor, 221 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Voicing Their Opinions

    Members of the Vandalia Woman's Club are shown writing letters to this area's U.S. senators and to Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) asking that they deny the transfer of land from the Shawnee National Forest to Peabody Coal Co.

    From left to right are Mary Truitt, Euna Francisco, Darleen McKenna, Grace Lebold, Rae Evans, Wilma Brown, guest Elaine Bush and Peg Dees.

  • Anniversary

    Jim and Erma Budlove of San Diego, Calif., and St. Elmo celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Jan. 7, with dinner in the Fireside Room.
    While they had a long waiting list of friends, they were able to invite only 88 because of the size of the room.
    The dinner was a time for them to thank those attending for their love and friendship for the past 28 years, and to thank God that their paths in life had crossed.
    Fresh flowers adorned the fireplace, mantel and other areas of the room. Rose bouquets adorned each linen-covered table

  • Births

    Isla Christine McConkey
    Matthew and Kathy McConkey of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

  • Kaskaskia College News

    Intro to the Internet class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education an introduction to the Internet class at the Vandalia Center on Saturdays, April 14 and 21, from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    The registration number is LLI 7025 VA01W.
    This basic class is designed to familiarize one with how to use e-mail, establishing free e-mail accounts and how to use the Internet for learning, shopping and business.
    The cost for this course is $48; students over 60 may register at no cost.