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Today's News

  • Rhodes, Hanabarger given Abes

    Both Carl Rhodes and Linda Hanabarger concentrate on the past as they volunteer to make the present and future better for Vandalia.

  • 'Back to square one' on rail issue

    All of those attending a work session of the Vandalia City Council on Monday night agreed that there is a need for safety improvements at the city’s Sixth Street rail crossing.

  • Cougars top Eagles at NTC tourney

    ALTAMONT — South Central overcame a double-digit deficit and knocked off St. Elmo/Brownstown, 59-47, in the third-place game of the 2015 National Trail Conference Tournament.
    The Cougars were down 10 points early in the game, 18-8. But they rallied in the second quarter and never looked back.
    Three players reached double figures for the Cougars, as Brett Harmeier had 16 points, Dre Hill scored 12 and Evan Langley added 11.
    Landon Feezel scored 19 points to lead the Eagles (8-14). He was the only SEB player in double figures.

  • Lady Vandals fall short at Flora

    FLORA — The Vandalia Lady Vandals had the lead early, but the Flora Wolfgals controlled the second half in a 56-37 victory on Monday night.
    Flora outscored Vandalia 36-17 in the second half after the game was tied at halftime.
    A solid Flora squad improved to 23-3 on the season. Flora has already wrapped up the Little Illini Conference title and the Wolfgals are having one of the best seasons in school history.
    Vandalia fell to 15-12 on the season.

  • Vandals finish strong, earn payback vs. Panthers

    When the Vandalia Vandals played at Litchfield in December, they let one slip away.
    Not this time.
    History did not repeat itself, as the Vandals held off the Litchfield Panthers late, securing a 62-54 home victory on Friday night.
    The loss avenged a Dec. 19 loss to the Panthers. In that game, the Vandals overcame an 11-point deficit late in the game, but then couldn't hold on, suffering a disappointing loss.
    In Friday's rematch, the Vandals built a 10-point lead early in the game, and then held off the Panthers in the fourth quarter.

  • Lady Vandals win on Senior Night

    On the night the seniors were recognized, one of them came up with arguably the biggest shot of the game.
    With the host Lady Vandals clinging to a four-point lead, visiting Roxana appeared to have all of the momentum.
    But Vandalia senior forward Elizabeth Miller caught a pass, took a dribble and scored in the lane to make it a six-point game with time running out.
    The hoop proved key as the Vandalia Lady Vandals knocked off Roxana, 55-46, on Thursday night.
    It was Miller's only hoop of the game, but it was a big one.

  • With four champs, Vandals take second at Litchfield

    LITCHFIELD — With four individuals champions and eight total medalists, the Vandalia Vandals finished second in the final team standings at the 2015 Rich Lovellette Panther Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
    Lena-Winslow won the team title with 213.5 points. Vandalia was second (165), Auburn was third (163), with Murphsyboro (161) and Orion (144) fourth and fifth, respectively. Other top 10 teams were West Frankfort, Litchfield, MICDS, Roxana and Harrisburg.

  • Vandals escape Pana with a win

    PANA — By doing just enough down the stretch, the Vandalia Vandals survived and escaped with a 66-63 win at Pana on Tuesday night.
    A wild finish ended with Pana's Adam Miller missing a potential game-tying jumper, as the Vandals made enough foul shots late to secure a rivalry victory.
    "That was crazy," Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said of the game. "The kids played through it, though. I've been coaching since 1999, and it always seems to be crazy when we come to Pana."
    Buscher said his squad got it done in crunch time.

  • Two injured in Route 51 accident

    Both drivers involved in an accident on U.S. Route 51 near Vernon early last Saturday morning were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Kevin W. Donnals, 31, of Farina, was northbound on Route 51 when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2007 Ford propane tanker truck driven by a 58-year-old Vandalia male. His name was not released by the state police.

    The Patoka and Vandalia fire departments were called to extricate Donnals from his vehicle.

  • Lady Vandals beat Greenville, fall to state-ranked Litchfield

    "It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."
    That's how Michelle McNary summed up her team's 33-31 win over Greenville on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a double-digit lead, but the Comets put together a late spurt to make things interesting.
    In the end, the hosts made enough free throws to hold on for the hard-fought win.