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Today's News

  • Stephens resigns from Illinois House

    Ron Stephens, who has represented residents of this region in the Illinois House of Representatives for close to three decades, resigned his seat on Tuesday.

  • City takes over Lincoln Park

    About two months after city officials learned that the Vandalia Main Street Program was being discontinued, they officially accepted the organization’s downtown park.
    The Vandalia City Council voted unanimously on Monday to accept Main Street’s Lincoln Park.

  • Players with local connections play in tourney

    The Illinois Amateur Softball Association held a state wooden bat tournament at the Vandalia Freight field this past weekend. Several local players and some former Vandalia Freight players participated in the fast-pitch tourney.

  • Early-life lessons molded new YMCA program director

    Reflecting back on the reasons why she has worked so hard to find jobs that she loved and where she could also be influential, Amber Daulbaugh pin-pointed a pair of life lessons she learned when she was young.

    “Whenever I was competing or playing (sports), he was there,” Daulbaugh said of her late father, William. “But he would always be critical, ‘Well, you did good, but you could have done this, too.’

  • Well says ASA wooden bat tourney a success

    Sixth-seeded Teutopolis Wessel’s on Sunday won the country’s inaugural Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state fast-pitch softball tournament at the Freight Field in Vandalia.

    Wessel’s lost to the Belleville Stallions in the championship game, 11-2, but because that was Wessel’s first loss, the teams met again, with T-Town coming out on top, 9-1.

    Getting to that title game was somewhat of a chore, however.

  • Field of Dreams starts another project

    Beginning last Wednesday, the fencing at the high school softball diamond was removed to make way for the construction of new dugouts that will match those at the high school baseball field. The Field of Dreams committee is holding its monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., where more information will be shared. The public is invited to attend.

  • All-weather track nears completion

    The new all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was not completed by the initial Aug. 1 deadline, but it is nearing completion.

    Heavy rains have delayed construction at times this summer, but it does not appear that the track construction will have any effect on the first home football game, which is on Sept. 9 against Roxana.

  • Illinois gov't adopts IHSA concussion standards

    Gov. Pat Quinn last Thursday signed legislation that will help protect Illinois student-athletes from concussions and other brain injuries.

    The new law ensures that athletes who receive a concussion will not be allowed to return to play or practice until they are evaluated and receive written clearance from a licensed health professional.

    Additionally, the law ensures that student-athletes, parents and coaches are able to recognize the signs of a concussion.

  • VCHS tennis team to open practice on Aug. 15

    Practice for the Vandalia Community High School tennis team will begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

    Practices will be on weekdays from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the high school tennis courts.

    Athletes must have a physical on file before attending.

    The season opens at home against conference foes Roxana on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Marquette Catholic on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

    Last season, the tennis team won five matches, which was a higher number than coach Kevin Schroeder expected.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball Results from July 26-28

    Tuesday, July 26
    Game 1
    K-Moe’s 8
    Montgomery Plumbing 1
    •Wyant Schnarre doubled twice and Justin Lowe doubled once for K-Moe’s.
    Game 2
    K-Moe’s 4
    Montgomery 1
    •Schnarre turned a triple play, and Keri Wilkinson, Nick Simmons and Drew Jones had extra-base hits for K-Moe’s.
    Game 3
    Ugly Koyote 15
    Goldsmith Farms 2
    •Nick Beard tripled, John Spier doubled and Joe Eddy doubled for Ugly Koyote.
    Game 4
    Ugly Koyote 9