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Today's News

  • South Central's Crain signs with Kaskaskia

    South Central High School senior Katie Crain has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Kaskaskia College for the next two seasons. Crain earned 159 kills for the Lady Cougars last season, helping them advance to the sectional tournament. At the collegiate level, Rahar said, Crain will mostly play defense. “We think Katie will play a lot of defense for us,” Rahar said. “She may also be a option in the front row if it comes down to that. We’re looking forward to having her on the team.” Crain is the second area player to sign with KC, after St.

  • St. Elmo softball off to 1-1 start

    The St. Elmo High School softball team is 1-1 after playing 2 1/2 games this season.

    The Lady Eagles lost to Flora, 11-1, in their season-opener last Thursday, and beat Dieterich, 12-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday.

    The second game against Dieterich was suspended due to darkness after 3 1/2 innings with St. Elmo leading, 7-4.
    Despite the lopsided result against Flora, coach Tom Fedrigon said his team played as well as the Lady Wolves.

    Senior Brooke Maxey was 1-for-3.

    Morgan Myers, also a senior, took the loss in the circle and drove in Maxey in the first inning.

  • Austin, Ambuehl gets top 10s at Charleston

    Two members of the Vandalia High School boys track team recorded top 10 finishes at the Charleston Indoor Invitational at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday.

    As a team, the Vandals finished 34th out of 50 teams. On Tuesday, the team will run at Litchfield at 4:15 p.m.

  • Vandalia girls basketball players honored
  • Vandalia cheerleaders honored
  • Cub Scouts Honored
  • Senior Spotlight: Hammerin' 'Hit'ney

    There is a certain confidence in Whitney Newsom’s eyes every time she steps up to the plate for the Lady Vandals.

    The slugging senior has been playing softball with regularity since she was 5 or 6 years old, and has always focused on one piece of advice while waiting for every pitch.

    “My dad always told, “See ball. Hit ball,” she said. “‘You make sure it’s your pitch, and that there’s something you can do with it.’”

    Newsom has proven that lesson over and over again.

  • Schumacher becomes a lay speaker after retirement

    As the third week of the Lenten Luncheons draws near, Al Schumacher prepares to be the featured speaker at St. James Lutheran Church at noon on Wednesday, March 30. Meet, or get reacquainted with, Al and his wife, Susann.

    “We came here (to Vandalia) 17 years ago,” Al said. “We came from Hillsboro, where we lived for 10 years prior to that.
    “We opened the National Bank here in 1993, and we just kind of love Vandalia,” he said.

  • Library, park boards explain plans at public meeting

    About 25 local residents attended a meeting recently to learn about the Evans Public Library District’s plan to build sometime in the future a new facility on land now owned by the Vandalia Park District.
    Mark Miller, president of the park board, served as moderator for the meeting held at the library, which he said was being held to get residents’ opinions on the preliminary proposal to use the land now housing Evans Youth Center for a new library.

  • City OKs animal control contract

    Even though several aldermen expressed concerns, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a contract with Fayette County for animal control services.
    The agreement calls for the city to pay the county $10,500 per year for the next five years. Dr. Connie Heaton receives $58,000 annually to provide the service for the entire county.
    The city was the final municipality in the county to sign an agreement with the county for animal control. The other municipalities were included when the county approved a new agreement with Heaton in February.