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Today's News

  • Murder trial stays here

    After initially appearing to lean toward moving Clifford Baker’s murder trial to another county, the judge in that case has decided it will stay in Fayette County.
    One day after taking under advisement a renewed motion by Baker’s attorneys to move the trial for the Loogootee teen, Judge Michael McHaney denied that motion.
    Baker is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Mike Mahon, 60, and Deb Tish, 53, in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Main Street is being dissolved

    Vandalia and its downtown business district will lose a big supporter at the end of this month.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting that the Vandalia Main Street Program would be dissolved.
    The mayor said on Tuesday that the particulars related to the dissolution of the organization – including what happens with property owned by Vandalia Main Street – are currently being worked on.

  • City makes employee cuts

    Saying that they were unable to avoid the inevitable, Vandalia officials on Monday approved personnel cutbacks that include the elimination of the director of economic development and tourism position.
    In addition to cutting the post held by JoAnn Sasse Givens for the past 3½ years, the city council voted to lay off three city employees and not fill three vacancies.

  • Senior (Citizen) Spotlight: Mike Travelstead

    Mike Travelstead has always cared.

    The recently retired Vandalia English teacher and girls track coach cared for his “A” students just as much as he did for his average students, and he cared for his state-caliber track stars just as much as he did for the girls who just wanted to set a personal-best time, even if that meant finishing in last place.

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion team splits season opener vs. Carlyle

    There is something about teams that Luke Hohlt coaches that gets players motivated to score runs in the seventh inning.

    Many times during the high school season, the Vandalia Vandals would score in the late innings, and Vandalia's Sr. Legion team did the same during its first game of the season, a 9-7 loss to Carlyle last Wednesday.

    Post 95 trailed 9-5 entering the bottom of the seventh, but the first five batters reached base, Caleb Randle scored on a passed ball and Dathan Berning got an RBI by driving home Ian Murrell on a fielder's choice.

  • Meyer's grand slam sets tone for SC win

    A grand slam from Shawn Meyer in the first inning set the tone for South Central, as its Jr. Legion team defeated Vandalia, 10-6, after a steady barrage of base runners on Monday.

    Three of the first four Post 519 batters reached base to set up Meyer’s home run, and at least one runner would reach in five of the next six innings, with South Central scoring in four of them.

    “They are kind of a rare group,” said coach Curt Jones. “They have a lot of fun, but are also serious about this thing.”

  • Boys basketball teams open summer season

    Vandalia and Brownstown High Schools opened their summer boys basketball seasons at the Vandal Shootout.
    Both teams played four games on Monday, with each earning one win.

    In Vandalia's first game against Carlyle, it held an early lead, but a barrage of 3-pointers from the Indians in the second half propelled them ahead. They would win, 52-42.

    Vandalia would fall in the second game, losing to Columbia, 46-27.

    In the afternoon, the Vandals would lose a lopsided game to Trico, and defeat Flora, which was not playing with stars Paul Knapp and Nick Painter.

  • Speed Racer

    Darren Kingston, of Vandalia, was racing at Fayette County Speedway last Friday, as part of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series. Kingston did not make the feature race,

  • Local youngsters take part in sports camps

    Several area youngsters took part in sports camps last week, and they are pictured.

  • Sports Briefs (June 9)

    Several Vandalia players named All-SCC for spring season

    Five softball players and two baseball players from Vandalia were named all-conference by the South Central Conference.

    They join senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin, who received All-SCC honors by winning races at the boys conference track meet, as Vandalia athletes to be honored in the spring.

    Freshman Megan Godoyo was named to the softball team twice, as a first-team pitcher and as a second-team designated hitter.