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Today's News

  • Cut Loose Salon opens doors in Vandalia

    After working together in another local shop, five Vandalia women this month launched a beauty salon of their own.
    Known as Cut Loose Salon, the new shop is owned equally by the five women – Jenny Lay, Angel Kopp, Lisa Melton, Emily Alderson and Kallye Eyman. It is located in the former Beauty Boutique suite in the old Day and Night Grocery building at 427 W. Orchard St.
    Though the women have been preparing the building for the past month, the salon opened on Monday, Feb. 14.

  • Wednesday's regional boys basketball results

    The St. Elmo High School boys basketball team is the only area team remaining in the Illinois High School Association playoffs after it defeated No. 1 Altamont, 47-42, on Wednesday to advance to the regional championship game.

    St. Elmo, a No. 4 seed, will face second-seeded North Clay in St. Elmo on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

    Area players left in the 3-point shootout are: Connor Beasley and Garrett Buzzard of St. Elmo, Harley Steed and John Rickman of Mulberry Grove, Johnnie Clift of Patoka, and Andrew Snow of South Central.

  • 'Nite at the Races' is Saturday night

    The Vandalia Main Street Program will hold its annual "Nite at the Races" fundraiser this Saturday evening at Vandalia Country and Golf Club.
    The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, and post time is 7 p.m.
    "Nite at the Races" features videotaped races narrated by some of the country's top-rated announcers.
    Ticekts are $20 each in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Holiday Inn Express, 21 Mattes Ave. For more information, contact Sally Emerick, 339-1552.
     

  • 'Just Dance" contest for Relay for Life is Saturday

    Family Video in Vandalia will host a fundraiser for the Fayette County Relay for Life this Saturday afternoon.
    A “Just Dance” competition will be held from noon-4 p.m. at Family Video, located at 625 W. Gallatin St.
    Local residents of all ages are invited to participate, and prizes will be awarded.
    First prize is a $10 gift card and a game discount card valued at $14.95, second prize is a $20 gift card and third prize is a $10 gift card.
    Registration at Family Video is under way and runs through Saturday.

  • FCHD open house set for March 8

    The Fayette County Health Department will hold an open house at its new facility on Tuesday, March 8.
    The health department recently completed its move into its new home, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, at 416 W. Edwards St.
    The open house will run from 3-6 p.m. and will include tours and refreshments. "Buzz Lightyear" will be present for photos with children.
    The public is invited to attend the open house.

  • Vandalia Police will discontinue DARE

    Citing the results of recent national studies, the Vandalia Police Department has decided to discontinue its DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at the end of this school year.
    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Tuesday that studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and the National Academy of Sciences concluded that DARE is ineffective in reducing drug and alcohol use among young people.

  • Junior high volleyball
  • Lady Cougars lose makeup game to Wayne City, 48-42

    The South Central High School girls basketball team thought its season was finished after the regional tournament, but Wayne City came to them to make up a game that had been canceled due to bad weather.

    The Lady Cougars nearly won the game last Wednesday, despite having practiced just once the week before.

    South Central scored 30 points in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a slow start during a 48-42 loss.

  • Junior High Sports Briefs

    Lady Vandal eighth-graders win own volleyball tournament

    On Saturday, the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team won its own tournament for the second straight year, defeating Litchfield, South Central and Ramsey.

    Leading players in the three-set, 21-25, 25-13, 15-11, win against Litchfield were: Ali Sasse, nine points, six kills and three aces; Madison Click, nine points and five aces; and Jori Wagner, nine points and three aces.

  • Community Sports Briefs

    Jr. Club wrestling results

    Most of the Vandalia Jr. wrestling club participated in an event in Troy on Feb. 13.

    Individual results are below: