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Today's News

  • Area Prep Roundup (Dec. 13)

    Jr. Vandals get two
    wins vs. Pana St. Pats
    The Vandalia seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams won against Pana St. Pats on Tuesday.
    For the seventh-graders, Matt Lidy had 10 points to lead the Jr. Vandals (9-5) to a 48-31 victory.
    For the eighth-graders, Richie Well led with 15 points to lead Vandalia to a 41-33 victory.
    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    Seventh-grade
    Vandalia 48
    PSP 31
    Points: Lidy, 10; Scott Shulman, 8; Marcus Zimmerman, 8.
    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    Eighth-grade
    Vandalia 41

  • Attend hearing on water wells

    In August, when the Vandalia City Council first heard a proposal for drilling wells to supplement the city’s sources of water, we said that the well proposal has merit, but we need to make sure we do the due diligence investigation before launching out in that direction.
    Though we know more about the plan now than we did then, we still have concerns about giving it the green light without more information.

  • Love of reading leads Blain to library post

    Jessica Blain acquired a love for reading when she was a child.
    She earned a business degree in college, and that love for reading led her to apply for the position as director of the Evans Public Library, which she has now filled for five years.

  • Filing period for April election extended to Dec. 26

    Individuals who are still debating whether to run for a municipal, park district or library district seat now have two more days to mull over their decision.
    Originally, the filing period for those seats was to run from next Monday through the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 23.
    But Vandalia City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the city council last week that city clerks throughout Illinois successfully lobbied to have the final filing date changed.
    Now, potential candidates have until the end of the day on Dec. 26 to file their petitions.

  • Hearing on proposed water pact is Monday

    As Vandalia officials have negotiated with a local partnership on a possible third water source for the city, some local residents have expressed concerns about that partnership affecting their water sources.
    In light of the concerns about a partnership with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., city officials have set a public hearing on the issue.
    That public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. on Monday at Vandalia City Hall. While it is scheduled as a committee meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman has urged all aldermen to be present.

  • Knebel retained as chairman

    The makeup of the Fayette County Board did not change as a result of the November general election. And now, neither has its leadership.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Dec. 13)

    Boys Basketball
    Single-game leaders
    •Points: Ritchey, 20
    •Rebounds: Ch. Woolsey, 12
    •Team points: 76
    •Team rebounds: 48
    •Team points allowed: 26 (at SCHS)
    •Margin of victory: 22 (56-34)
    Season leaders
    •Points per game: Ritchey, 12.29
    •Team points: 391
    •Field goals: Wells, 31
    •Team field goals: 150
    •Free throws made: Ritchey, 32
    •Individual FT %: Ritchey, .780

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Dec. 13)

    Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

    •Dec. 8 – Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, started and played 34 minutes for Greenville in 70-69 loss to Robert Morris-Springfield. She scored a game-high 21 points on nine field goals (two 3-pointers), and was 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds, had three steals and dished out two assists. Greenville is 6-3 (2-0 SLIAC) on the season.

  • PHOTO: Cain honored for 1,000th point

    Patoka's Jered Cain was recently recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point for the Jr. High basketball team.

  • This week's schedule (Dec. 13-19)

    VANDALIA
    Boys basketball
    •Dec. 14 – at Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 18 – at Carlyle, 6 p.m.
    Girls basketball
    •Dec. 13 – at Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 15 – vs. Altamont, 11 a.m.
    •Dec. 17 – at Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Wrestling
    •Dec. 15 – at Gibson City JV Tourney
    Jr. High boys basketball
    •Dec. 13 – vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Dec. 17 – at Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    F/S boys basketball