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Today's News

  • Beasley, Tharp score 1,000th point

    ST. ELMO – When it comes to playing basketball, there are a lot of similarities in the styles of Fischer Tharp and Connor Beasley.

    So it’s no wonder that the South Central and St. Elmo seniors each scored their 1,000th career point in the same game on Tuesday, a 45-31 Eagles victory.

    “It was good to get it out of the way early, and it was fun doing it with my friend, Connor,” Tharp said. “It’s really cool. I’m really happy for him.

    “I don’t know how many other friends get to do this.”

  • Feezel, Manley sign with Kaskaskia College for volleyball

    ST. ELMO – Two St. Elmo volleyball players have chosen to continue their athletic careers at Kaskaskia College.

    Setter Perry Manley and middle hitter Savannah Feezel on Tuesday afternoon each signed letters of intent to join the Blue Angel program for the next two seasons.

    “It makes me proud that I can go and watch my kids,” said Lady Eagles coach Elise Asher. “I can take my team down there to give them some inspiration that they can do more.”

  • Vandal wrestlers fall to Belleville West in first match

    The Vandalia wrestling team fell in its season-opener on Tuesday, losing at home to Belleville West, 60-7.

    Jake Stewart won a major decision at 160 pounds, beating Wiil Peterson, 16-4, and Ryne Lipsey won at 113 pounds by defeating Zach Hanusek, 5-2.

    The Vandals return to action on Saturday at the Civic Memorial Tournament.

  • Pentecostal Church celebrates 95 years

    It is documented that the Pentecostal Church began in Vandalia with outdoor meetings in 1917, led by two evangelists, DeWitt Spencer and Earl Hill.

  • Holiday activities set for the weekend

    The holiday season kicks into high gear in Fayette County this weekend with a number of activities.
    Christmas in St. Elmo
    St. Elmo’s annual holiday event on Friday evening gets under way with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Fourth and Main streets at 6 p.m.
    The evening includes music, carriage rides, food and a gift certificate drawing, and Santa will be available for photos.
    Breakfast with Santa
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia bring back a popular holiday event this Saturday morning.

  • Lady Vandals take third at Litchfield Tourney; junior Godoyo named to all-tournament squad

    LITCHFIELD – She didn’t necessarily post gaudy numbers, but Megan Godoyo consistently made valuable contributions to the Lady Vandals throughout the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.

    And that is why the Vandalia junior was given all-tournament honors after the Lady Vandals placed third in the event following Saturday’s 44-40 win against Carlinville.

  • AFSCME local holds picket at VCC

    A week after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn chose not to sign a new contract with the union representing the majority of state workers, local members of that union were expressing their displeasure with the governor.

  • High-powered offense leads Bombers to title

    Senior Shane Sefton made a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third period to tie the game at 52, and junior Jacob Behrends sealed the win with a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Brownstown’s 70-65 win in Saturday’s championship game of the Mulberry Grove/Ramsey Super Turkey Tournament.
    The victory was the fourth straight game in which Brownstown had scored at least 70 points.

  • Vandals victorious in season-opener at South Central

    FARINA – A five-point possession in the middle of the third quarter was the turning point for Vandalia in a 46-26 victory at South central in last Tuesday’s season-opener.

    Senior Tim Ritchey made a 3-pointer but was fouled after the shot, and senior Michael Wells made a second-chance layup on the ensuing possession to give the Vandals a 30-14 lead and control of the game with 3:51 left in the third period.

  • City still talking with partners on water pact

    Vandalia officials are continuing to work on an agreement with a local partnership that is offering to the city a third water source.
    Mayor Rick Gottman, members of the city council’s water and sewer committee, and city Water Plant Superintendent Marty Huskey met again last Monday with Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman.