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Today's News

  • Senior Spotlight: Audra Donaldson

    Two surgeries early in her high school career were not enough to make Audra Donaldson quit playing softball.

    A condition in the recently-graduated Vandalia athlete’s feet left her with tendons that were too short, and she first had surgery to correct them after her freshman year.

    That surgery, which included cutting out the tendons, stretching them out and replacing them, did not fix the problem, and Donaldson was back under the knife after her sophomore year.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title game in 'rebuilding' year

    LEBANON – Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes spilled plenty of appreciation for his nine-person team after the Lady Aces lost to Calhoun, 5-4, on Monday.

    “This was the hardest year of coaching,” Barnes said. “I had nine kids, who could take advantage of their coach anytime they wanted, as far as, ‘I don’t have to listen or do what you say, because you barely have enough (players).’

    “That didn’t happen, and that’s the type of kids we have.”

  • Austin, Bell fail to make finals at state

    Through rainy conditions, the Illinois High School Association state meet went on as scheduled, with preliminaries last Thursday.

    Two Vandalia athletes – senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin – battled through those conditions, and while neither made the finals, both bettered their qualifying marks.

    “I think the goal was for them to run a personal best, and their personal best would re-set the school record,” said coach Jane Bell. “It was a little disappointing that the weather prevented them from doing that.

  • Anniversary

    Thomas and Judy Steiner of Mulberry Grove celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 27.

    Thomas Steiner and the former Judy Bunyard were married on May 27, 1971, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.
    They are the parents of four children: Debra Phillips, Keith and his wife Rhonda Steiner, and Christy Steiner, all of Mulberry Grove, and Becky and her husband Russ Rieke of Greenville.
    They have 12 grandchildren.
    The couple enjoyed a celebration with family and friends on Sunday.

  • Anniversary

    Robert “Bob” and Helen Smith of Hagarstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.
    Bob Smith and the former Helen Little were married on June 3, 1961, by the late Rev. Archie Brown.
    Their attendants were George and Shirley Little.
    Helen is the daughter of the late Russell and Maxine Little. Bob is the son of Virginia and the late Voris Smith.
    They are the parents of two children: Jon and his wife Andi Smith of Vandalia, and Paula and her husband Gary Roach of Hillsboro.
    They have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • College Report: Mahon named all-conference

    No team is complete without a relief pitcher.

    Not even for the Ohio Valley all-conference team. When selecting a relief pitcher, St. Elmo grad and Southeast Missouri State  senior Logan Mahon was definitely going to be discussed and be in the mix. Mahon was named to the OVC's second team.

    In league action, there was almost none better. Mahon got the proper setup, and he earned six saves in OVC games. His six saves were  the best in conference.

  • Farm Briefs

    Wet conditions slow field work
    Conditions were favorable for crops last week, with warm days and periods of rain. The average statewide temperature was 64 degrees, 1.5 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation was high, averaging 2.83 inches for the state, while the norm for the time period is 1.03 inches.

  • Vandalia, South Central legion teams start season

    Legion baseball will be back on the diamonds in Vandalia this week, with both the Sr. and Jr. Legion teams opening their seasons.

    Between June 1 and June 9, the Sr. Legion team, which is coached by Luke Hohlt, will play seven games, including five at home. The season opened on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Carlyle.

    The Jr. Legion team, which is coached by TK Kinkead, has its first game on Thursday at Salem and opens the home season on Monday against South Central. Both games are 6 p.m. doubleheaders.

  • NASCAR fans have opportunity to learn about farming at race

    Illinois farmers have an opportunity to join the Family Farmers High Performance Team, bringing the farm to more than 30,000 NASCAR fans this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kenny Wallace, currently the seventh-ranking driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will pilot the "Family Farmers" car in Saturday's race, which will be aired live at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
    Partnered with the television exposure of the "Family Farmers" car, the nearly 18,000-square-foot "Farm Experience" will allow race fans to learn more about farming, and more importantly, meet family farmers themselves.

  • Vandalia High School Softball Awards

    The Vandalia High School softball team held its banquet last week, and coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards.