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Today's News

  • Sports Briefs and Results

    Girls regional seeds announced

    The Illinois High School Association announced the seeds for this season’s regional tournament.

    Vandalia received a No. 4 seed at the Vandalia Regional Tournament. Other teams in that regional are No. 1 Pana, No. 2 Teutopolis, No. 3 St. Anthony, No. 5 Greenville and No. 6 Nokomis.

    The Lady Vandals will play Greenville on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. The winner will play Pana.

    Vandalia defeated Greenville, 58-51, on Dec. 6 and will play the Lady Comets again next Wednesday.

  • Real Living Vandalia Real Estate has a new website

    Real Living Vandalia Real Estate recently announced that it has launched a new website that enables consumers to more quickly and efficiently find the type of home they are seeking.
    The company's new website – www.reallivingvandalia.com – gives home buyers and sellers more search options, while providing the latest in mapping technology and community information.
    Among the features are: powerful and flexible search options, community and housing market data, social media integration and interactive marketing tools.

  • FCH names top employee, leader of year

    At the Fayette County Hospital annual employee holiday and service awards dinner, held on Dec. 17, two employees were recognized for their exemplary performance during 2010.
    Abby Harre has worked at Fayette County Hospital for 33 years, and was named 2010 leader of the year for her leadership as manager of Food and Nutrition Services.
    One year ago, the hospital faced significant financial concerns and experienced reductions in staff and wages. Since then, the hospital’s finances have turned around, said Greg Starnes, the hospital’s CEO.

  • Boys basketball recaps

    Cougars split final two of MTC Tourney

    After defeating Cisne, 32-18, last Wednesday, the South Central High School boys basketball team lost to North Clay, 47-39, in the consolation championship game of the Midland Trail Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    The Cougars (6-14) struggled at the start, spotting Cardinals a 19-8 lead after the first quarter. North Clay extended its advantage to 31-14 at halftime.

  • Aces and Rams lose on first day at CORL

    CENTRALIA – Neither Ramsey nor Mulberry Grove were able to secure wins on Monday, the first day of the Christ Our Rock Lutheran Tournament.

    A tough fourth quarter doomed the Aces after they had made a late first-half comeback during a 53-40 loss to Sandoval, and a slow start aided the host's 75-53 win against Ramsey.

    Senior Zach Heilig hit a 3-pointer with 49.4 seconds left in the first half to put the Aces in a tie at 25 with Sandoval.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Jan. 27-Feb. 3)

    Thursday, Jan. 27
    CHRIST OUR ROCK BOYS TOURNEY
    Patoka vs. Sandoval, 6:15 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove vs. CORL, 7:30 p.m.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at Dieterich, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 28
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Litchfield, 6 p.m.
    South Central at Woodlawn, 6:15 p.m.
    CHRIST OUR ROCK BOYS TOURNEY
    Patoka vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    WRESTLING
    Vandalia at Litchfield Invite, TBA

  • Vandal wrestlers go 2-1 at Clinton

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team went 2-1 at the Clinton High School quadrangular on Saturday.
    Senior Justin Hill and junior Levi Ulmer were both 3-0 for the Vandals on the day.

    The Vandals celebrated senior night on Wednesday at home.

  • FCH Special Care Unit reopens

    The Special Care Unit at Fayette County Hospital re-opened in December after being closed for two months for major renovations.
    The third-floor Special Care Unit reopened with two beds, rather than its previous four beds. The overall space has been  enlarged to handle more equipment.
    Greg Starnes, FCH chief executive officer, said that the average number of patients per day in the SCU in 2008 and 2009 was less than one patient.

  • Vandalia girls lose two, set for tough stretch

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team lost at Litchfield, 74-64, on Monday after narrowly losing to conference leader Pana, 48-42, in Pana on Saturday.

    Monday, Jan. 24
    Litchfield 74
    Vandalia 64

    Points – Haley Wollerman, 27; Hannah Edwards, 12; Amber Bruno, 8; Megan Godoyo, 6; Amy Walton, 5; Morgan Whightsil, 4; Morgan Cripe, 2.
    JV – Vandalia won, 55-51
    Record – 8-13 (4-5 SCC)

  • St. Elmo and Brownstown boys knocked out of NTC Tourney

    ALTAMONT – Both St. Elmo and Brownstown were eliminated from the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing play-in games on Monday.

    The losses leave both teams idle until next Tuesday, while the rest of their conference rivals will continue play in the tournament all week.

    In the first game, it appeared No. 9 St. Elmo would beat eighth-seeded Beecher City for the second time this season.