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Today's News

  • Football notes: Goal is to finish strong

    With postseason qualification secured, the Vandals will now shift their focus to getting the highest playoff seed that they can.

    And neither of the next two games will be easy wins.

    Vandalia travels to Pana (4-3) on Friday and will host Greenville (6-1) next Friday in the final two games before the postseason starts, and coach John Stout said that the opposition doesn’t matter as well as the team executes well.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman was about 15 when this picture was taken nearly 70 years ago.

  • Lady Vandals get to 20 wins

    HIGHLAND – The Lady Vandals earned their 20th win of the season and senior RaeChelle Leiken was named to the all-tournament team as Vandalia placed fourth at the Highland Invitational this past weekend.

    Leiken recorded 39 kills and five aces in the five matches, during which the Lady Vandals went 2-3 to move their season record to 21-4.

    Vandalia and Wesclin were the only Class 2A schools in the tournament, and the Lady Vandals fell to Class 4A O’Fallon and Class 3A Breese Central and Highland, while defeating Wesclin and Class 3A Carbondale.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on four tracts of land. The offer included three tracts at or near the former site of the Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory and a vacant lot in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.
    Brownstown School District officials and district teachers were to meet with a mediator concerning a new contract for the teachers.

  • Protect yourself, possessions with common sense

    Each day, the Vandalia Police Department issues to the media a list of the calls its officers responded to the previous day.
    In the report we received on Monday, it wasn’t hard to pinpoint what the officers were focused on last weekend. Of the 11 items listed for Sunday, seven of them were burglaries to motor vehicles. Most were within eight or 10 blocks of the downtown area.

  • Lady Vandals beat Litchfield again

    The Lady Vandals did little wrong last Thursday in defeating Litchfield for the second time of the season.

    Allowing the Lady Panthers very few points on their serves and using a precise attack in the game, Vandalia came away with an easy 25-8, 25-12 victory.

    “We didn’t make any mistakes that we could complain about,” said coach Allison Smith. “We’ve been focusing on only making one error and giving one point at a time.”

  • Marley family secures stone for ancestor

    It was last fall when I received a telephone call from C.F. Marley of Nokomis with the news that he, along with his son, Bob, and Bob’s wife, Pat, had found a death certificate for William Wilson in the records of Fayette County.
    This man was C.F.’s long-lost great uncle, for whom the Marleys had spent years searching. C.F.’s father, the late Bernard Marley, often spoke of two uncles who fought at Vicksburg, where "blood ran down the hill." These uncles were brothers to Bernard’s mother, Lydia Wilson Marley.

  • Four players named all-conference in tennis

    Four Lady Vandals were named all-conference at Saturday’s South Central Conference tennis tournament.

    The doubles team of seniors Bailey Jones and Paige Ehrat defeated another Vandalia doubles team of seniors Emilie Britt and Jordan Boren in the doubles championship, giving all four players all-conference honors, and giving the Lady Vandals four of the six overall all-conference selections.

  • Pitchers shine in NTC title game

    ST. ELMO – Every opportunity mattered in Tuesday’s National Trail Conference Tournament championship game between South Central and St. Anthony.

    And each team had several opportunities to score against the other team’s ace pitcher, but it was the Bulldogs who were able to scratch the most runs across the plate in a 4-1 win at Deken Park in St. Elmo.

  • Hawkins returns to alma mater

    Kyle Hawkins, a 2010 Vandalia graduate, returned to his alma mater to pitch during an exhibition doubleheader on Saturday.

    Pitching for the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s club baseball team, Hawkins tossed three innings and allowed just his first earned run of the season during a 6-4 win against St. Louis University’s club team.

    Hawkins struck out three and allowed four hits during the game, which was the second in the doubleheader. SIUE won the first game, 8-6.