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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 29, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • More info on the blackberry patch conflict

    Many years ago, I read a story in "Fayette Facts" about two Fayette County women who got into a fight over a blackberry patch. It ended when one of the women pushed the other into an open well.
    From what I remembered, the local justice of the peace held court, fined the woman who did the pushing and then paid the fine for her.
    I have searched for this story off and on during the past several years, and finally gave up, figuring that I would stumble across it again one day.

  • Weather a big plus for the Grande Levée

    Probably the biggest advantage to holding the Grande Levée on Father’s Day weekend for more than four decades was that it was easy for both local residents and tourists to keep the event on their calendars.
    But the 42nd period celebration on the grounds of Illinois’ oldest capitol proved that moving the date is really not that big of a deal.
    This year’s Grande Levée is drawing rave reviews, mostly because of the weather.

  • Senior Spotlight: Lauren Wasmuth

    Drawing the daunting task of being Vandalia’s No. 1 singles player, senior Lauren Wasmuth was starting to get down on herself after recording zero wins through the first half of the season.

  • St. Elmo tops Patoka for EIC championship

    Top-seeded St. Elmo got 17 strikeouts from junior Connor Beasley and held Patoka to just one hit during the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Friday at Vandalia High School.

  • Swofford, Vandals win SCC golf meet; Leiken places 2nd as individual

    Vandalia junior Blake Swofford shot a 2-under-par 70 to place first and help lead the Vandals to the team title at the South Central Conference boys golf tournament on Monday.

    The Vandals combined for a 318 at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield to beat Hillsboro by five strokes.

  • Those who knew him say Martie deserves induction

    Some who played with or against Ramsey native Brian Martie say there is no question he deserves induction into the National Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.

  • Vandals go on road and thrash Panthers

    The Vandals set season-high marks in several statistical categories and scored in each quarter during a 41-0 rout of Litchfield last Friday night.

  • Netters lose; will host Volley for a Cure

    A match that was even throughout most of the night tilted Pana's way over the final 15 points last Thursday during a 21-25, 19-25 loss for the Lady Vandals.

  • Vandalia tennis team downs Hillsboro again

    With No. 2 singles player Chelsey Stewart unavailable due to illness, Schroeder was forced to pencil in a lineup he hadn’t used all season long, which made him a little nervous about whether his team would beat the Lady Toppers.