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Today's News

  • Beasley homer propels Vandalia comeback vs. Robinson

    ROBINSON – Connor Beasley picked a pretty good time to hit his first home run of the summer.

    Beasley ripped a towering home run to right last Wednesday to pull Vandalia back within a run of the lead after five innings, setting up a momentum shift that included an eight-run sixth as Post 95 picked up a must-win 13-6 victory against Robinson in the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

  • Patton traded to Texas Rangers

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was traded from the Kansas City Royals organization to the Texas Rangers on the same day he pitched for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

    Patton, 26, was exchanged last Wednesday for veteran reliever Jason Frasor, 36, and was assigned to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Frasor joined the Kansas City bullpen.

  • Post 95 finishes 1-2 at Jr. Legion Districts

    Post 95 upset the No. 2 seed at last weekend’s Jr. Legion District Tournament, but that would be its only victory as the season ended on Sunday in the loser’s bracket.

    Vandalia beat Altamont, 5-2, in a first-round game last Thursday, but lost to Newton 7-4 and Dieterich 4-3 over the weekend.

  • Top racers beginning to establish themselves at speedway

    By Kristopher Blankenship
    The annual Fayette County Fair race is always held mid-week with the fair activities, and along with racing from Friday, July 11, the track has seen a lot of good racing.
    Craig Kern has become red hot, B.J. Deal has started to flex his muscles and Eric Harris has emerged as a new challenger in the Street Stock class.
    Wednesday, July 16
    The annual midseason Fair race is always held on Wednesday night during the fair. With the county fair in full swing, the speedway was again alive and full of energy.

  • Freight to play in state tourney this weekend

    The Freight will once again come of out retirement this weekend to play in the Amateur Softball Association’s annual state wooden bat fast-pitch softball tournament in Casey.
    Vandalia will play its first game on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field against Teutopolis Miller Lite in the opening game of the tournament.
    With a win, Vandalia would advance to play the Springfield Frannies at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Warrior Field.

  • City to hire administrator/economic development director

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to proceed with the hiring of a city administrator/economic development director.

    More on the story in this week's issue.

  • ID theft, scams workshop Tuesday in Ramsey

    CHICAGO – The Office of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will present an ‘Identity Theft, Frauds, and Scams’ workshop in Ramsey on Tuesday, July 22 to assist residents in learning the proactive and reactive steps to take when dealing with identity theft.
     

  • Post 95 wins Sr. Legion District Tournament; receives bye in Division Tournament

    VANDALIA - Post 95 completed a five-game run through the loser's bracket of the Sr. Legion District Tournament on Friday night, knocking off Olney, 13-3, to earn the tournament championship and a bye in next week's New Baden Fifth Division Tournament.

    Connor Beasley homered for the third time of the tournament, and Vandalia scored with consistency throughout the game to knock off Olney for the second straight day.

  • Post 95 to play for Sr. Legion District Championship; Jr. Legion squad also wins

    ROBINSON – Vandalia knocked off Olney 14-2 on Thursday evening to force a double-elimination championship game in the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    The teams will battle again on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Robinson City Park.

    Quinn Wadkins and Austin Schwarm each homered for Post 95 on Thursday, supporting an eight-inning complete game by Matt Tomazzoli, who struck out six.

    Vandalia scored twice in the first and three times in both the fourth and fifth innings to build a lead, and extended it with to runs in the seventh and three in the eighth.

  • Vandalia to face Altamont in the first game of Jr. Legion District Tournament

    Vandalia will open the Jr. Legion District Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Altamont.

    Post 95 is the No. 7 seed, while Altamont is seeded second. Effingham is the top seed, and South Central is seeded fourth.

    South Central opens play against No. 5 Teutopolis on Friday at 5:30 p.m. With a win, South Central advances to play on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., while a loss would send SC to the 10 a.m. game on Saturday.