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Today's News

  • Year in Review

    JULY
    • Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair 2012 at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown. Sarah Craig of rural Vandalia was crowned Junior Miss Fayette County, and Shelby Sasse of Brownstown was named the 2012 Little Miss Fayette County.
    • After Vandalia aldermen discussed the idea of switching the position of city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one, City Attorney Jack Johnston drafted a letter laying out the council’s options. The council approved that change later in the month.

  • British reporter follows up on 'The Talk In Vandalia'

    Fifty years ago, writer Joseph Lyford came to Vandalia to see what the community could tell him about the mood and condition of rural America. His resulting book, “The Talk In Vandalia,” wasn’t exactly complimentary.

  • Enlow takes title at Rantoul Tourney

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow placed first in the 9- and 10-year-old age division at the Rantoul Tournament this past weekend.

    Enlow pinned all four opponents he faced during the event.

  • Mayoral contests in Vandalia, St. Elmo and Ramsey

    Residents of Vandalia, St. Elmo and Ramsey will have choices for the top elected office in their community when they go to the polls this spring.
    The following have filed petitions to run for municipal posts in the April consolidated election.
    VANDALIA
    Mayor
    Rick Gottman will seek a fourth term in office, and he will be opposed by Brian Stout.
    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen is running unopposed in seeking a fifth term in office.
    Aldermen
    • Ward I – Incumbent Jerry Swarm is running unopposed.

  • Four area players named all-tournament at VHT

    Four players from Fayette County were selected to the all-tournament team for the 41st annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Vandalia seniors Michael Wells and Tim Ritchey, St. Elmo junior Levi Maxey, and South Central senior Fischer Tharp were each selected for the squad.

    Pana's Robbie Hester was the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and he was joined by teammate Kyle Gibson.

  • Pana beats Vandalia for VHT title, St. Elmo takes fifth with overtime win; South Central finishes eighth

    Pana beat Vandalia, 56-44, in the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Robbie Hester of the fourth-seeded Panthers was named the tournament MVP. For the Vandals, seniors Michael Wells and Tim Ritchey were each named all-tournament.

    The game was a rematch of the 2002 VHT title game, which was the last time Pana won the event. Had the third-seeded Vandals won on Saturday, it would have been their first tourney title since 1981.

  • Michael Wells propels Vandals to title game of VHT; will play Pana

    Vandalia senior Michael Wells had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Vandals into the championship game of their own tournament with a 62-57 win against Maroa-Forsyth on Friday night to win Pool B.

    That game will be played at about 8 p.m on Saturday, and is Vandalia's first title game appearance since 2005.

    The Vandals have not won the tournament since 1981, and to do so will have to beat Pana, which beat Flora on Saturday night to win Pool A.

  • Two undefeated teams remain in VHT after day two

    Top-seeded Flora and No. 4 Pana remained undefeated in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Thursday, and the top two seeds in Pool A will play for a championship game berth on Friday night at 8 p.m.

    Meanwhile, Pool B remains far from undecided with four teams still holding a chance at making the title game, including the Vandals, who beat Altamont, 37-34, on Thursday night.

  • Four teams in Pool B still able to make championship game

    The final day of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament may be more exciting than the championship day, due to four teams in Pool B still having a shot at finishing pool play at 3-1.

    Vandalia, Maroa-Forsyth and Shelbyville are each 2-1, and Altamont is 1-1 after day two, making day three games for those teams critically important.

    At 12:30 p.m., Shelbyville will battle Altamont. Shelbyville has a win against Vandalia, but lost to Maroa-Forsyth; Altamont beat Maroa-Forsyth, but lost to Vandalia.

    At 5 p.m., Altamont will also play St. Anthony.

  • All but one early game on day two of VHT plays out by seed

    All but one early game on day two of the VHT played out by seed. The upset came from No. 8 Greenville, which beat No. 5 St. Elmo.

    Game 8
    Greenville 50
    St. Elmo 49
    For the Comets: Jacob Hall had 11 points.
    For the Eagles: Levi Maxey had 25 points.

    Game 9
    Maroa-Forsyth 72
    St. Anthony 55
    For the Trojans: Four players had at least 14 points, including 19 for Curtis Clawson.
    For the Bulldogs: Jacob Schuette had 16 points, and John Goeckner had 15 points.