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Today's News

  • Local businesses urged to participate in survey

    The city of Vandalia has retained Growth Services Inc., a workforce consultant, to conduct a survey of area employers.
    The goal of the survey is to evaluate the area’s workforce from the businesses’ perspective.
    The results will be used to identify and address workforce issues within the region and take steps to ensure that the needs of area employers are being met, both now and in the future.

  • News Briefs-June 23, 2011

    Midnight Madness is Friday night

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will hold Moonlight Madness this Friday evening.
    The pool will be open from 6-11:30 p.m., weather permitting.
    The cost is $5, with children ages 4 and under admitted free. Season passes will be honored.
    Children under the age of 6 must be with someone who is at least 13 years of age.
    All children should be picked up no later than 11:45 p.m.
    Friday is also the last day to register for swimming lessons.

  • Local man makes Hole-in-One

    Shane Henson of Vandalia recorded a hole-in-one on the par three hole No. 8 at the Ramsey Lake Golf Course last Tuesday during a league match.

    Henson, 40, who has played golf for 28 years, said he didn’t actually see the ball go in the hole, but some of his friends began celebrating after it rolled in.

    He is dedicating the shot to his late father, who taught him how to golf.

  • Field of Dreams to sell brick pavers

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams Committee determined the price for engraved brick pavers and kicked around several ideas for their layout at its monthly meeting on Monday.

    A 4-inchX8-inch paver, which can have up to three lines of text, can be purchased for $40, and an 8-inchX8-inch paver, which can have up to seven lines of text, can be purchased for $80.

  • Donors needed for track equipment

    A fundraising campaign to help purchase equipment for the new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School has been launched by boys track coach Jane Bell.

    All donations are tax-deductible through the Vandalia Schools Foundation, and donors will be recognized on a board at the facility.

    Donation levels on that board are: platinum ($10,000), gold ($5,000), silver ($3,000) and bronze ($1,000).

    Items needed for the track include:

  • Vandalia, Ramsey split doubleheader

    The joke during the first game of a doubleheader against Ramsey last Thursday was that Brandy Protz was never coming to Taylor Well’s house again.

    Because Ramsey had just seven players for the game, the two Vandalia sophomores found themselves on opposite teams, as Protz and Caitlin Alverson played for Ramsey to give them a full roster.

    The joking came because Protz put out Well twice, but by the end of the game, Well was ahead, as she earned the game-tying RBI during the Lady Vandals’ 9-7 win.

  • Jr. Legion squad loses, gets rained out

    The Vandalia Jr. Legion team struggled against Altamont in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday, falling 10-0 in five innings.

    Post 95 surrendered six runs in the first inning, and Altamont added four more in the third by stringing together several hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles.

    Meanwhile, Vandalia threatened just once. Connor Beasley hit a double to left-center field in the fourth inning and later advanced to third on a single. Vandalia, however, would leave the bases loaded in the inning.

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo play in shootout

    The Vandalia and St. Elmo High School boys basketball teams played in the third Vandal Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.

    Both teams were 4-2 in pool play and won their first-round tournament games.

    In the tournament, St. Elmo defeated Chrisman, 24-16, and Vandalia beat DuQuoin, 31-23.

    Marshall was the tournament champion having defeated Mascoutah in the final tournament game.

    The final Vandal Shootout is on Thursday and Friday. Both Vandalia and St. Elmo will partake in the event, which is hosting 18 teams.

  • South Central places second in state bass fishing tournament

    The South Central High School bass fishing team placed second at the Illinois High School Association state tournament on Saturday at Carlyle Lake.

    South Central caught seven fish for a total of 12 pounds, 13 ounces during the two-day event. Canton High School won the event, with 14 pounds, 6 ounces worth of fish.

    In fifth place after catching five fish weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces on Friday, South Central only caught two fish on the second day.

  • Racing Briefs (June 23)

    County speedway to host Thurs. show

    Racing at Fayette County Speedway was rained out for the second straight week last Friday, but the track is hosting a special show on Thursday.

    Gates will open for the UMP Summer Nationals DIRTcar Hell Tour this Thursday at 3 p.m., with the racing hot laps to begin at 7 p.m.

    Qualifying for late models will begin at 7:30 p.m., and racing will follow immediately.

    Double track points will be awarded during the night.