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Today's News

  • Ramsey's seniors help Rams win

    RAMSEY – A trio of seniors anchor Ramsey’s baseball team, and all three of them played important roles in allowing the Rams to beat Christ Our Rock last Thursday.

    Andrew Cunningham and Luke Webb combined to drive in six runs, and shortstop Jordan Johnson scored twice and had a hand in eight outs on defense during Ramsey’s 13-0 victory, its first win since last spring.

  • Strong finishes please track coaches

    HILLSBORO – Both Vandalia High School track coaches were pleased with several finishes from a meet at Hillsboro on Tuesday.

    Freshman Kelsey Rubin was in the 1600-meter run for the first time of her career, and veteran coach Mike Travelstead said she easily exceeded his expectations.

    “There’s a fear factor there. What if I start out too fast?” Travelstead said. “She said, ‘What’s a good time?’ And I said, ‘If you run a 7:20, that’ll be pretty good.’

  • Lady Vandals handle Pana for SCC win

    The Lady Vandals sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning against Pana to score four runs.

    That would have been enough to beat Pana during the 5-2 win last Friday, but senior Whitney Newsom hit a towering home run to center in the fifth to give Vandalia some extra security in its second South Central Conference win of the season.

  • Vandalia baseball team has rough week

    The Vandals had a tough slate of games this past week, going 0-3 and having two games washed out by rain on Saturday.

    This week, Vandalia will host Shelbyville on Thursday and South Central on Monday. The Vandals travel to Greenville on Wednesday.

    All games will start at 4:30 p.m.

    Vandalia vs. Altamont
    Altamont defeated Vandalia, 19-8, on Tuesday.

    The Vandals led 5-3 after two innings, but the Indians piled on 10 runs in the final two innings to win.

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (April 14)

    Marty Johnson among four area players selected for KC District All-Star Game

    Vandalia senior Marty Johnson is one of four area seniors selected to play in Sunday's Kaskaskia College District All-Star Game.

    Patoka's Sawyer Potter, and South Central's Andrew Snow and Taylor Cain were also selected.

    Mulberry Grove's Harley Steed and Allen Tompkins were invited, but are unable to attend.

    Admission to the 3 p.m. game is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

  • Vandalia Junior High track results

    Thursday, April 7
    at St. Anthony
    Seventh-grade boys

    First-place finishers
    •Marcus Durbin, 100-meter dash
    •Curtis Gordon, 110-meter hurdles
    •Kasey Jones, 800-meter run
    •Jones, discus
    •Ethan Meyer, shot put
    •Logan Sullens, 200-meter dash
    Second-place finishers
    •Gordon, pole vault
    •Enrique Jenner, 800-meter run
    •Sullens, 100-meter dash
    •Wells, long jump

  • Church Briefs-April 14, 2011

    Trevor Thomas at First Church of God
    Trevor Thomas, known as "Mr. Drama," will appear at First Church of God in Vandalia this Friday at 7 p.m. His programs combine music, monologues, poems, sketches and mime.
    The church is located at 3001 Thrill Hill Road northwest of Vandalia, just off of Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call the Rev. Tom Farris at 282-1718.

    Crown Point to give 'An Easter Drama'

  • Evergreen Outreach-April 14, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    After a stormy night on Sunday, the sun came out on Monday, and Evergreen Outreach was hugely attended. All chairs were full.
    Cookies made by Iris Rademacher and Peg Clark were eagerly accepted, along with drinks. Many volunteers helped with serving.
    Donna Smith, who often plays the piano as guests enter, was not able to play. Her husband, Gail, is seriously ill. Prayer for him and his family would be most welcome.

  • Lewis to speak next week at final Lenten Luncheon

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Michael “Mike” Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church will speak at the final Lenten Luncheon of the season at the First Baptist Church next  Wednesday.
    Lewis is a licensed lay minister and has been a member of St. James Lutheran Church for more than 25 years.
    He and his wife, Nancy, live in Vandalia, where he was born and grew up.
    He has served on the church council and on committees, and currently serves on the worship music committee.

  • Community Sports Briefs (April 14)

    YMCA holding Healthy Kids Day event

    The Family YMCA is hosting a free event in conjunction with the national YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday.

    The event will take place from 1-3 p.m., with activities such as tug-o-war, dodge ball, kick ball and a fun relay.

    The day is designed to help parents and children understand the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle.