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Today's News

  • LeDuc family has much to be thankful for

    The Rev. Pete and Pam LeDuc and their daughter, Aimee, will offer special thanks this year as they gather together with the rest of their family around the table.

  • School district keeping close eye on spending

    In an abbreviated 40-minute meeting, the Vandalia School Board on Monday handled a light agenda of business and heard reports from building principals about end-of-semester events scheduled before the semester break.
    Superintendent Rich Well also gave a report on the district’s financial condition.

  • Man convicted of sex offense asking to withdraw plea

    Saying that he was threatened into pleading guilty to a sex offense last month, a Brownstown man now wants to withdraw that plea.
    Lloyd W. Merkley, 62, pleaded guilty at the end of October to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Through a plea agreement, Merkley agreed to a 10-year prison sentence. A Class X felony, predatory criminal sexual assault is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Under Illinois law, Merkley would be required to serve at least 85 percent of the 10-year sentence.

  • Chain buying FS Travel Center

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that supports a Midwestern chain’s acquisition of a local travel center.

  • Senior Spotlight: RaeChelle Leiken

    For the Lady Vandals, it’s a good thing that first impressions don’t always last.

    “At first, I thought I hated them,” said senior RaeChelle Leiken of her teammates. “They were funny from the get-go – that’s not a lie – but it’s funnier to just say that I hated them.”

    Leiken wasn’t sure what to think of the unique personality that engulfs Vandalia’s volleyball team when she moved here from Oregon the summer before her junior year.

  • Cripe's absence felt in season-opener

    LITCHFIELD – Junior Morgan Cripe did not play due to illness, and a reshuffled rotation did what it could in the post in the Lady Vandals’ season-opener on Monday.

    But Nokomis' sophomore  center Ashley Schneider scored 30 points against the undersized Lady Vandals, and Vandalia committed 25 turnovers in a 65-47 loss at the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Several Vandals earn all-conference honors

    Seven Vandalia football players have been selected to receive All-South Central Conference recognition.

    Players named to the first team were:

    •Ryan Ambuehl, defensive back
    •Jeff Lucken, defensive line
    •Luke Smith, linebacker
    •Jake Stone, offensive line

    Players named to the second team were:

    •Tim Ritchey, defensive back
    •Ryan Schmolinger, offensive line
    •Ambuehl, running back
    •Lucken, offensive line

  • Miller Field has been an asset to youth, YMCA

    In the fall, there were more than 170 children registered for YMCA soccer and flag football.

    Fortunately, the generosity of the Miller family allowed the Y to accommodate that many kids without any problems.

    Miller Field, which opened in 2009, sits in front of the YMCA building on Rock Island Avenue, and has three soccer fields and a flag football field that always see plenty of action during the fall.

  • Vandalia basketball to travel to DuQuoin Tournament

    The Vandals will be in action next Monday at the DuQuoin Tournament.

    That game will be at 6 p.m. against Cairo, a team the Vandals defeated last season, 80-60.

    Next Friday, the Vandals take on Agape at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, the Vandals face Flora at noon and DuQuoin at 7:30 p.m.

    Last season, Vandalia won the tournament, going 4-0 as part of a 15-3 start.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia fall award winners

    Several teams held banquets last Thursday.