Today's News

  • First public meeting on new VCHS drug policy is next Thursday

    Students who plan to participate in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School now will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
    That policy, adopted by the district board of education at its April meeting, expands the previous policy from athletics to all extracurricular activities – which are defined as “any activity where students represent Vandalia CUSD #203 voluntarily and for which no academic credit or grades are rewarded.”

  • Vandalia's burning ordinance

    SECTION I: That Section 9.12.060 Bonfires be and the same is amended by deletion of the existing title and paragraphs A and B and substitution of the following:

  • City has new burning law

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new ordinance governing burning in the city, an amended version that is much like the one it replaces.
    Under the new ordinance, city residents can continue to burn leaves, as long as they follow the guidelines set by law. (Ordinance on Page 16A).
    Passage of the burning ordinance amendment comes about 3½ weeks after the council’s public safety and streets committee recommended that the city continue to allow leaf-burning.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 24

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, May 26

    ✔ The annual horseshoes tournament to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life will be held at Eric Miller's residence. For more information, contact Miller at 846-2861 or Daisy Hipsher at 780-8265.

  • Gordon is state champ

    Vandalia seventh-grader Curtis Gordon on Saturday became the junior high’s first state champion in more than 30 years by winning the pole vault.

    His vault of 10 feet was three inches short of his personal best, but it was still good enough to beat out two contenders by three inches.

    “My hard work paid off through the year,” Gordon said on Monday. “There were a lot of good competitors at the meet, but I guess I had the best day.”

  • Three Vandals set school records, make state

    Three Vandalia High School boys track athletes qualified for the state meet, and each of them set one school record in the process.

    Senior Quenten Austin headlines the group – which includes juniors Ryan Ambuehl and Wade Cowger – after winning the sectional championship in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

    “These guys set goals and worked for the goals, and it’s a privilege to be part of that,” said coach Jane Bell. “Coaches put together the workouts, but the athletes have to do them.”

  • Hill takes 7th at state track meet

    CHARLESTON – St. Elmo sophomore Molly Hill uncorked a strong throw at the state meet last Saturday to better her seed by four spots to place seventh in the discus.

    Hill, who qualified for the meet but did not advance past the preliminaries last season as a freshman, came into the meet as the No. 11 seed, but threw a personal-best 116 feet, 2 inches.

    In the preliminaries last Thursday, Hill threw a then-personal-best 113 feet, 6 inches to qualify for the finals as the No. 7 seed.

  • Lady Aces win regional championship

    Mulberry Grove won its fifth regional title in seven years last Thursday, using a flurry of late scoring to secure an 11-1 win against Odin at the Odin Regional.

    Sophomore Breann Tompkins had an inside-the-park home run to highlight a 3-for-4 day from the plate, which also included two runs and two RBI.

    Her home run came in the sixth inning and scored senior Cheyenne Rogier. Sam Goodin followed with a triple, and she scored on a passed ball to give the Lady Aces a 10-run lead.

  • Cougars win 4-3 to claim regional title

    South Central won its first regional championship since 2010 by defeating Edwards County, 4-3, on Saturday at the Wayne City Regional.

    The top-seeded Cougars wasted no time getting on the board, posting three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

    Senior Colby Bushue opened his 3-for-3 game with a single and a stolen base before scoring on a single by junior Fischer Tharp.

    Senior Cole Armstrong reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.

  • VJHS athletes run at IESA state meet

    Other than state champion Curtis Gordon, 10 other Jr. Vandals participated at the state meet last Saturday, with seventh-grader Emma Meyer recording the next-highest finish.

    Meyer qualified in four events at the Illinois Elementary School Association state meet, and her ninth place finish in the pole vault (7 feet, 9 inches) was Vandalia’s only other top 10.

    She also placed 21st in the 100-meter dash preliminaries (0:13.98), 19th in the long jump (14 feet, 7 ¾ inches) and was part of the 4X100-meter relay team which placed 14th (0:54.92).