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Today's News

  • Casting Their Ballots

    Bill and Patricia Beard prepare to cast their ballots on Tuesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia. They are receiving their ballots from election judge Carolyn Daniels.

  • Council backs no levy increase

    The Vandalia City Council will likely approve a tax levy for the coming year that does not include any increases.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that they have two options for the new levy – leave it as is; or OK an increase of 5 percent.
    Gottman and Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay said that the option with no increase includes a reduction of the police pension figure – due to retirements and other departures – and an equal increase in the fire protection figure.

  • City learns about water plant issues

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a quick, short-term fix to the city’s water treatment plant.

  • Morrison, Emerick win county offices

    Fayette County residents supported  the Republican candidate for president, and they also favored the GOP at the local level.

  • Senior Spotlight: Bailey Jones

    Bailey Jones enjoyed her finest season of tennis just when she should have – in her final season.

    The Vandalia senior had 12 doubles wins – most coming with fellow senior Paige Ehrat – to finish second on the team, and included in her total were a win at the South Central Conference Tournament and a second-place finish at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

  • Sophomore Strobel sets personal-best time at state meet

    Ben Strobel knew there would be a lot of fast runners at the state cross country meet.

    And by keeping pace with some of those runners throughout the first mile, Strobel gave himself a good start to a race that would see him finish in a personal-best time.

    The Vandalia sophomore placed 78th out of 210 runners in 16:15 at the state meet on Saturday morning at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

  • Lady Eagles fall in tough super-sectional game

    VALMEYER – Arguably the greatest volleyball season in St. Elmo’s history came to a close on Saturday, with the Lady Eagles losing a tough Elite Eight battle to the hosts of the Valmeyer Super-Sectional.

    Six seniors ended their careers with the second-most wins in school history (29) and the first-ever super-sectional appearance.

  • Lady Eagles win first-ever volleyball sectional title

    LEBANON – St. Elmo brought home its first-ever sectional volleyball championship last Thursday after a gutsy come-from-behind victory against the hosts of the Lebanon Sectional.

    The 19-25, 25-8, 25-22 victory was St. Elmo’s 29th of the season and featured an astounding 19 kills from senior Savannah Feezel and some of the best serving of senior Heather Seibert’s career.

    That, combined with the rest of the efforts from the other five players who played, left coach Elise Asher at a loss for words.

  • Seibert's serve rescues Lady Eagles

    LEBANON – Twice during the sectional championship game last Thursday, St. Elmo senior Heather Seibert was where all of Lebanon’s gym’s attention was focused.

    In the second set, she ripped off 11 straight serves to help St. Elmo build a 19-3 lead, and in the third set, she strung another seven together to tie the match at 18 and propel the Lady Eagles to the sectional title.

  • Coming back nothing new to St. Elmo

    LEBANON – A St. Elmo volleyball comeback is not a new concept.

    Not this season, anyway.

    A three-set win in the finals of the Lebanon Sectional marked the sixth time that the Lady Eagles had used all three sets in a victory this season.

    “All through our season, we have always dug a hole and gotten out,” said senior Perry Manley. “We work together as a team and don’t quit, so little-by-little we get what we need.”