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Today's News

  • City OKs 2 TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to two buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, city aldermen – particularly the newly elected members of the council – were given a brief primer on the TIF program and discussed how the city will operate the program in the future.
    In one TIF agreement, the city is providing up to $7,500 for improvements to the building at 113 W. Gallatin St. that houses Culligan Water.

  • Freight Back in Action

    Members of the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team on Saturday won an exhibition game, 13-3, at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in Casey, defeating a 23-and-under team from Rockford. 

  • Vandalia Jr. Legion loses to Trenton in high-scoring game

    The Fourth of July was on Monday, but the Vandalia and Trenton Jr. Legion baseball teams waited until Tuesday to set off their fireworks.

    Twenty-six runs were scored, coaches and umpires traded words several times and one assistant coach was ejected during a 19-7 Trenton win in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • SC pitchers record 12 K's in win vs. Trenton

    KINMUNDY – Two pitchers combined to strike out 12 Trenton hitters, and each South Central player reached base at least once during an 8-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday.

    Shawn Meyer started for Post 519 and struck out 11 before being replaced on the mound after 6 1/3 innings of work. Luke Krajefska finished out the game, inducing a fielder's choice and striking out the final batter.

  • Lady Vandals get training from international volleyball coach

    An assistant volleyball coach from Murray State University was in Vandalia last Friday and Saturday to run a clinic for the high school volleyball team.

    Dongping Fang, who was born in China, was brought in by the Sports Boosters, and he helped the Lady Vandals players and coaches improve during his stay.

    “This would not have been possible without the help from the Sports Boosters,” said coach Allison Brown.

  • Two athletes honored for collegiate achievements

    Two area collegiate players were recently honored for athletic or academic achievements.

    Spencer Patton, a South Central graduate and former Southern Illinois University pitcher, was named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s NCAA Division I Rawlings Gold Glove winner.

    He was the only Division I pitcher given the award, and earned the honor after committing no errors in 27 chances this past season at SIU.

    Patton recently began his professional career with the Idaho Falls Chukars, a rookie-league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

  • Lady Vandal Shootout

    During the shootout last Wednesday, which was the final home shootout for either gender this summer, the Lady Vandals found success, as they prepare for a breakout year.

  • Sports Briefs (July 7)

    Alumni softball game is Thursday

    The Vandalia alumni softball game will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m.

    The game will be played on the Vandalia high school softball field.

    Vandalia's high school team will play its final home game of the summer season on Thursday, July 21, against Greenville. Next Thursday, the Lady Vandals play at Greenville, and they will play in the Decatur League Tournament from July 20-23.

    Lake Land College to host b-ball camps

  • Kids Fishing Tournament

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Kids Fishing Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, June 11.

    Forty kids took part in the tournament and combined to catch  481 fish. The winners are pictured.

  • Open Fishing Tournament

    Open Fishing Tournament results.