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Today's News

  • Judge denies suppression of teen's videotape statement

    A judge denied on Tuesday a motion to suppress statements made by a 16-year-old Loogootee teen several hours after he allegedly murdered a neighboring couple.

    Judge Michael McHaney filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on motions made during a hearing in the Clifford Baker case last Friday.

    Baker is charged with murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their Loogootee home last August. He is being held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center on $2 million bond.

  • Sports cancellations -- Tuesday, April 26

    The following sporting events for Tuesday that have been reported as canceled.

    •Vandalia JV baseball at South Central

    •St. Elmo baseball at Christ Our Rock

    •South Central baseball vs. Flora

    Additional cancellations will be listed here if they are reported.

  • Vandalia softball, baseball canceled

    The Vandalia High School softball game against Litchfield scheduled for Monday morning has been canceled due to poor field conditions.

    Vandalia's baseball game at Litchfield, scheduled for Monday morning, has been canceled.

  • Vandalia Lions' Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. on Sunday

    The Vandalia Lions Club's Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Ruemmelin Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia softball, baseball canceled

    Friday's softball game between Vandalia and Hillsboro at Hillsboro has been canceled.

    The home baseball game against Hillsboro for today is also canceled.

    No makeups have been announced.

  • Johnson picks IC

    Vandalia senior Marty Johnson has decided to continue his academic and basketball careers at Illinois College.

    Johnson, a two-time team Most Valuable Player and a three-time all-conference player, scored more than 1,000 points in his career with the Vandals.

    He plans to study accounting at IC.

  • Senior Spotlight: Courtney Gordon

    As a senior, Courtney Gordon understands that taking on a leadership role is an unwritten rule of her membership with the Vandalia High School girls track team.

    Therefore, it’s a good thing, as she puts it, that, “I like being in charge.”

    And she has certainly taken charge to lead by example.

    Gordon has been a staple in four events this season, regularly placing in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles, while also running a leg on a successful 4X100-meter relay team.

  • Senior hurlers face off in Cougars win

    Based on the final score of Monday’s baseball game between South Central and Vandalia, one would never imagine it was a pitching duel.

    South Central may have won 8-1, but Cougar senior Derek Harmeier and Vandal senior Matt Hoffman both had their best outings of the season.

    Logging a combined 23 strikeouts, the two pitchers drew high praise from both coaches.

  • Vandals no-hit by Shelby; beat EAWR to end streak

    Shelbyville scored four runs in the top of the first inning and then no-hit the Vandalia baseball team last Thursday during a 9-1 win.

    The Vandals did draw seven walks while showing good discipline at the plate through the middle innings, working full counts in 8-of-9 at-bats in the second and third innings. In the fourth inning, Vandalia earned four free passes to score their lone run.

    Sophomore Matt Campbell was credited with the RBI after drawing a four-pitch walk to score junior Trevor Montgomery.

  • Mulberry Grove beats Lady Vandals

    MULBERRY GROVE – In a game that had a playoff atmosphere, the Mulberry Grove High School softball team defeated Vandalia, 3-2, on Tuesday.

    Neither team was ever able to get momentum on its side during the game, as big plays defensively for both teams halted rallies.

    For the Lady Vandals, it was a pair of double plays; one coming with one out in the third inning with two runners on base, and the second coming in the sixth inning with one runner on and one out.