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Today's News

  • City OKs balanced-budget spending

    After hearing Mayor Rick Gottman say for many months that the city had to have a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, Vandalia’s aldermen approved an appropriations ordinance that reflects such a budget.
    The council approved the appropriations, which total slightly more than $8.4 million, during a special meeting on Monday evening.
    That special meeting was held after a public hearing on the new city budget that lasted only a few minutes.

  • The College Report: A quartet of area athletes recently completed their college careers

    Today marks the end of The College Report for the 2010-11 school year. While their college careers are in the books, there are two players that are not done with their athletic careers. One other will continue to compete, although no longer at the college level. The fourth leaves his college as one of its most celebrated players ever.

  • Lady Vandals shut down EAWR in summer showdown

    Megan Godoyo struck out 10 and allowed just one hit, and the Lady Vandal offense took advantage of nine East Alton-Wood River errors in defeating the Lady Oilers, 10-0, in five innings last Thursday.

    In total, Vandalia players took an extra 20 bases because of defensive miscues or errant pitches from EAWR.

    Several of those bases were swiped, however, because of good awareness on the part of the players.

    “It was definitely some heads-up baserunning,” said coach Brian Buscher. “For the most part, they were heads-up and got experience to build from.”

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion takes down T-Town

    A consistent offensive outpouring complemented a shut-out pitching performance from Derek Harmeier, as the Vandalia Sr. Legion team defeated Teutopolis, 9-0, last Wednesday.

    Post 95 scored two runs in each of the first four innings and sent at least five hitters to the plate in every inning, while Teutopolis struggled against Harmeier, who did not allow a runner to advance farther than second base.

    “That was what I’ve been looking for,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “Obviously, we had good pitching, and we took care of him by giving him run support.”

  • Vandals complete second summer shootout

    The second summer Vandal Shootout was completed last Friday, with Breese Central, DuQuoin and Harrisburg going undefeated in pool play, and Mounds Meridian winning the tournament.

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team was 1-5 in pool play, defeating Cumberland, and lost its first game in the tournament to Benton.

    The final two summer shootouts will be from June 20-21 and June 23-24.

    Below are results of the shootout.

    Pool play
    •Breese Central, 6-0
    •DuQuoin, 6-0
    •Harrisburg, 6-0
    •Flora, 4-2
    •Mounds Meridian, 4-2
    •PBL, 4-2
    •Riverton, 4-2
    •Benton, 3-3

  • Lady Vandals comlete first shootout

    The Vandalia High School varsity girls basketball team was undefeated at the Lady Vandal Shootout last Wednesday.

    The Lady Vandals beat Altamont, Shelbyville and Cumberland during the event. Also at the shootout, the Vandalia JV team lost to Altamont and Central A&M. The Lady Vandals will host their final shootout this summer on June 29.

  • Bushue having strong season for Lexington Legends

    South Central High School graduate Tanner Bushue is having a strong season for the Lexington Legends, a single A affiliate of the Houston Astros, but he is currently on the seven-day disabled list.

    Through Saturday, Bushue had started 11 games and compiled a 6-2 record.

    Bushue also had a brief stint on disabled list in the middle of May, but prior to that, he was dominant, winning five of his first six starts.

    On June 5, his second start back from the DL, Bushue had one of his finest outings of the season.

  • Racing Briefs (June 16)

    Fayette County Speedway's June 17 show

    Fayette County Speedway will honor pit passes and tickets from last Friday's rained out races at this Friday's events.

    This Friday's show will feature UMP DIRTcar sanctioned Crate Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets. Also racing will be the two-person Team Cars.

    The Team Car and Hornet divisions will also run their rained out May 27 features on Friday.

    Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing will begin immediately following hot laps.

    Protzs in top 10 in points at Dragway

  • Men's slo-pitch results and standings through June 8

    Game 1
    Keck's Marsh 12
    Boley Mobile Homes 9
    Keck's: Osborne, 2 2B; Sutton, 2B; Lotz, 3B
    Boley: Hobbie, 3B; Gray, 3B

    Game 2
    Boley 6
    Keck's 5
    Boley: Gray, 2 3B
    Keck's: Osbourne, 2B; Lotz 2B

    Game 3
    KMO's 16
    Ugly Koyote 5
    KMO's: Wodtke, HR; Schnarre, 3B; Hanks, 2B
    Koyote: J. Spicer, grand slam; P. Spicer, HR

    Game 4
    Koyote 14
    KMO's 12
    Koyote: Eddy, HR; Beard, 2B
    KMO's: Wodtke, 2B

    This week's games
    Wednesday, June 15
    Montgomery Plumbing vs. Ugly Koyote at 6:30 p.m.
    Oldsmith Farms vs. Buckstop Archery at 8:30 p.m.

    Standings
    •Buckstop, 4-0
    •Boley, 3-3

  • Kaskaskia College offers sports camps

    KC to hold summer volleyball camps

    The Kaskaskia College volleyball program will host two volleyball camps this summer in June for area youth. Both camps will be from June 21-22.

    The first camp is held for students in grades K-5 and will be held from 10 a.m.-noon. The second camp is for students in grades 6–8 and will be held from 1-3 p.m.

    The registration fee for each camp is $25 and includes a T-shirt).

    The camp will be instructed by Blue Angels volleyball coach Kim Rahar and current KC volleyball players.