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Today's News

  • Buckles is first Lenten Luncheon speaker

    Next Wednesday at noon, the first Lenten Luncheon of the season sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will be held at First Christian Church, continuing a tradition of years past.

  • Ade-Harlow is new assistant state's attorney

    A couple of factors made the position of assistant state’s attorney attractive to Amanda Ade-Harlow.

  • More E911 addressing completed

    Fayette County’s Enhanced 911 coordinator announced this week that E911 addressing is progressing in county communities.
    Kevin Jenne said that St. Peter, Rural Route 1 Farina, RR 1 Patoka and Bingham addresses have been officially changed, and notification letters mailed.
    Jenne also said that addressing for residents in RR 2 Farina and RR 3 Altamont is completed, and those residents should be receiving letters within the next week.

  • County vote on liquor issue delayed

    The Fayette County Board’s plans to act Tuesday on a request for a liquor license had to be canceled at the last minute because of a message from Vandalia officials.
    When it came time to act on a liquor license request from Steve and Michael Mabry, county board Chairman Steve Knebel addressed a group of about 25 county residents who were on hand to speak out against that request.

  • Four Vandals qualify for state tournament

    VANDALIA – One Vandal wrestler in each grade level advanced to the individual state tournament at Saturday’s Vandalia Sectional.

    But for two others, finishing one match from a qualifying position left them in heartbreak.

    Freshman Chaston Womack (106) and sophomore Dalton Blankenship (138) earned individual sectional championships, while senior Zach Jackson (160) placed third and junior Tyler Dagen (145) took fourth to advance to the state tournament.

  • Vandals honor seniors, but fall to Roxana

    VANDALIA – Roxana had little trouble spoiling Vandalia’s senior night, utilizing a 6-foot-9 post player and a cast of other strong players on Tuesday to beat the Vandals.

    Hunter Reine had 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Shells as they dispatched Vandalia, 58-43.

    “We were overmatched tonight by a good ballclub,” said Vandals coach Brian Buscher.

  • End of the season bittersweet for girls

    TOLEDO – As the season closed for the Lady Vandals with a heartbreaking loss in  last week’s regional tournament, it was a bittersweet moment for coach Michelle McNary.

    On one hand, she was losing a group of four talented seniors, who were freshmen when she began coaching.

    But on the other, she has a host of talented underclassmen who are expected to contribute heavily in the next several seasons.

    Vandalia finished the season at 11-18, and were just one point away from defeating Teutopolis in the regional semifinals, a 44-43 loss.

  • Orrell leads Warriors past Ramsey

    RAMSEY – On a night that Ramsey honored its seniors, it was one of Patoka’s seniors who stole the show.

    Jake Orrell had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds last Friday to lead the Warriors to a 55-35 win in Egyptian-Illini Conference action.

    “He plays better against bigger post players, because he has to use his athletic ability,” said coach Joe Eddy. “He doesn’t like to defend them, but he likes it on offense.”

  • Maxey scores 36 as Eagles again beat Altamont

    If administrators at St. Elmo High School were to ever allow a student to make the boys basketball schedule, they probably shouldn’t give the duty to junior Levi Maxey.

    Because the Eagles would probably play Altamont in every game of the season.

    Maxey torched the Indians for 36 points in last Friday’s contest, besting the 33 points he scored against Altamont in the title game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament in December and leading the Eagles to a 58-49 National Trail Conference victory.

  • Cougars upset Cowden in NTC game

    The Cougars picked up their fourth win in five games last Friday with an upset of Cowden-Herrick.

    Senior Austin Schwarm had a season-high 12 points to help lead South Central to a 39-35 National Trail Conference victory.

    Fischer Tharp, a senior, also added 12 points, and senior Rudy Hablewitz had nine for the Cougars (9-16, 3-7 NTC) in the team’s final conference game of the season.

    This was the first year South Central played in the NTC, after moving from the Midland Trail Conference.