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Today's News

  • VCHS Class of 1945 planning reunion

    The 1966 Vandalia Community High School class is busy preparing for its 45th reunion, which will be held Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.
    One of the activities for the weekend is a tour of the high school, where classmates can catch a glimpse of the new library, refurbished gym and new administrative addition.
    After the tour, lunch will be eaten in the high school cafeteria, and there will be a chance to tell stories, look at old pictures and just catch up on the past 45 years.

  • Senior Legion Hurler

    Kyle Hawkins of Vandalia's Senior Legion squad delivers a pitch in last Thursday's home contest.

  • Freight comes out of retirement for Hall of Fame game

    About 2½ months after being inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team is being honored again.

  • Harmeier Signs with KC

    Derek Harmeier, a 2001 graduate of South Central High School, last week signed a letter of intent to pitch for the Kaskaskia College Blue Devils. Harmeier recorded eight wins in his senior season at South Central, had an earned-run average of 1.46 and struck out 96 batters in 62 innings. In the photo, Harmeier is flanked by his parents, Dan and Kari Harmeier. In back are South Central baseball coach Curt Jones and KC baseball coach Mitch Koester.

  • Slo-Pitch Softball

    June 22
    Game 1
    Boley Mobile Homes 6
    Montgomery Plumbing 5
    Offense: BMH, Buddy Carroll, 2 2Bs, and Dallas Gray, grand slam to tie game in bottom of the seventh, and game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth: MP, Dave Milam two hits.
    Game 2
    Boley Mobile Homes 15
    Montgomery Plumbing 0
    Offense: BMH, Buddy Carroll, 2B, and Austin Schaal, 2B.
    Game 3
    KMO’s 13
    Goldsmith Farms 0
    Offense: Jake Brimberry, 2B, and James Giles, 2B.

  • Local Bowlers Travel to the Big Apple

    A group of bowlers from the Vandalia area traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., to participate in the National Women's Bowling Tournament on June 15-16. While there, they traveled to New York City, and while in the Big Apple, the women made an appearance on NBC's Today Show; the women are shown above with Today Show co-host Matt Laur. The local bowlers, from left to right, are Dottie Kious, Eleanor McNutt, Judy Wasmuth, Debbie Lovelle, Fran Cole, Vicky Guthrie, Dee Filer, Bobbi Borbely and Bobby McCall.

  • Fayette County Speedway-June 24

    Late Model Division – 49 cars
    Qualifying Group 1     
    1 B5  Brandon Sheppard
    2 C9  Steve Casobolt
    3 7B  Mark Burgtorf
    4 81C Kevin Cole
    5 6K  Michael Kloos
    6 78   Chad Zobrist
    7 1M  Jim Moon
    8 12   Doug Drown
    9 74   Russ Adams
    10 12S Rick Standridge
    11 3 Steve Lampley
    12 16 Dewayne Kiefer
    Qualifying Group 2     
    1 25 Jason Fege
    2 7R Kent Robinson

  • Flora wins fourth Vandal Shootout tourney title

    Flora won the championship of the fourth Vandal Shootout tournament last week.
    Flora, which defeated Red Bud in semifinal play, won the championship by defeating Harrisburg, which advanced by beating Pinckneyville in the other semifinal contest.
    In the opening round of the tournament, Vandalia defeated Central A&M. Other winners were Illini Central (over Cumberland), Harrisburg (over Edwards County), Flora (over Eldorado) and Putnam County (over St. Elmo).

  • Flora wins fourth Vandal Shootout tourney title

    Flora won the championship of the fourth Vandal Shootout tournament last week.
    Flora, which defeated Red Bud in semifinal play, won the championship by defeating Harrisburg, which advanced by beating Pinckneyville in the other semifinal contest.
    In the opening round of the tournament, Vandalia defeated Central A&M. Other winners were Illini Central (over Cumberland), Harrisburg (over Edwards County), Flora (over Eldorado) and Putnam County (over St. Elmo).

  • Five area softball players named to All-State team

    Five area players were named to the Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State team.
    St. Elmo senior Brooke Maxey, and Mulberry Grove sophomore Becca Oldham and junior Harley Tompkins were named to the second team.
    In addition, Mulberry Grove senior Zoe Zinkgraf and freshman Kate Jolliff were named to the third team.
    Maxey was the co-MVP of the Egyptian-Illini Conference and an all-National Trail Conference first-team selection this past season and will be attending Kaskaskia College next fall to play volleyball.