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Today's News

  • Senior spotlight: Zach Wadkins

    It could be argued that the catcher is the most important player on a baseball diamond.

    Catchers call the pitches; have to catch those same pitches no matter if they are high, low or several feet to the left or right of the target; stick close pitches on the corners of the plate; monitor base runners; and calm a pitcher down if he’s in a jam.

    Finding the right fit could drive a coach mad, especially if a team’s pitchers are young and inexperienced.

  • Mother, Daughters are LPNs

    Paula Roach (center), the daughter of Robert and Helen Smith of Hagarstown, and her daughters, Amanda Roach (left) and Danielle Uhlry (right), graduated from Capital Area Career Center as licensed practical nurses.

    Graduation ceremonies were held at Erin's Pavilion in Springfield on Dec. 19. Paula Roach, who received the Florence Nightingale Award, was allowed to pin both of her daughters.

  • Lady Vandals continue strong start; now 4-3

    The Lady Vandals scored in every inning against South Central on Monday, but it was a six-run fifth inning that ended the game by the 10-run rule in favor of Vandalia, 13-3.

    A two-run single to center by senior Amy Walton drove in fellow senior Whitney Newsom and junior Alex Henna to secure the win, and Walton was the seventh Lady Vandal to reach base in the inning.

  • Effingham spoils Vandalia's home opener with rout

    Effingham took full advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left last Wednesday, using three home runs to compliment a strong pitching performance in a 11-0 win, which spoiled Vandalia’s home opener.

    Tyler Pilcher led off the game with a line-drive home run to left, and then no-hit the Vandals through the first three innings. Cole Braunecker pitched the final two innings, allowing the Vandals’ only hit – a double by junior Nick Metzger – to lead off the top of the fifth.

  • Sikma – Mackiewicz

    Jenee Sikma and Nathan Mackiewicz, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • The College Report: Hobbie named All-American in senior season

    During his basketball career, McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie made everyone sit up and take notice of him.

    There are a lot of players who have accomplished that particular feat, but not many can claim that they have garnered attention on the national scene since their freshman year. The former Vandalia superstar can make that claim.

    While his college career is officially in the books, Hobbie will be getting more awards in the upcoming months.

  • Retired Teachers offer scholarship

    The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association is offering a scholarship to a student who will be a senior in 2011-12 and is attending an Illinois college.
    To be eligible, students must:
    • Be an education major.
    • Be a graduate of a Fayette County high school.
    • Fill out an application.
    • Include an essay with their application.
    The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 20.
    To apply, contact Billyanna Dugan, president of the group, at 317 W. Randolph St., Vandalia; phone, 283-0642.

  • Honored at IPA Breakfast

    Kayla Bell (second from left) was honored at The Illinois Principal’s Association student recognition breakfast on Wednesday, March 23 at Greenville College.

    Bell is a senior Vandalia student and attends New Approach High School. She is on target to graduate in May and plans to pursue the nursing field following graduation. Annually, students are recognized for their leadership, character and overall pursuit of personal excellence at the IPA event. Kayla attended the ceremony with her principal, Laura Benhoff (left), and two teachers, Emily Nelson and Jessica Sefton.

  • Honor Rolls

    Brownstown Elementary
    Third Quarter
    Honor Roll
    High Honors
    FOURTH GRADE
    Kyzara Hissong.
    FIFTH GRADE
    Stephen Berg, Zachary Logsdon and Dakota White.
    SIXTH GRADE
    Elissa Baron, Elizabeth Biggs, Jacob Bloemker, Chloe Carson, Laura Gurtner, Kayla Haslett and Colton Payne.

    Honors
    FOURTH GRADE
    Emmett Chandler, Lane Himes, Amber Sarchet and Lane Thompson.
    FIFTH GRADE
    Evyn Barker, Sierra Orechovesky and Makenzie Parkison.
    SIXTH GRADE

  • Regional assignments announced by IHSA

    The Illinois High School Association announced the 2011 baseball and softball regional assignments last Thursday.

    Regional tournament games for baseball will begin on May 16, and softball tournaments will start on May 17. The state tournament for each is June 3-4.

    Assignments for area teams are listed below, along with the other teams that were placed in the same regional: