Today's News

  • Temporary disappearance of young child a mystery

    Local authorities are continuing to investigate the temporary disappearance of a young child in Vera on Sunday evening.
    Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay said his department received a report at about 10:30 p.m. of a 4-year-old child missing from her bed.
    Lay said other area agencies were contacted, and a search of the home and nearby area was conducted, with one Fayette County deputy estimating that as many as 60 people participated in the search for the young girl.

  • Crime spree nets 17 years

    A Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a widespread crime spree in Fayette County last December has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    At a hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Allan Lolie sentenced Kenneth Weldon on charges of residential burglary, aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, four counts of burglary and three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.

  • Watching their spending

    The recent transfer of more funds in order to meet payroll is proof that Fayette County is continuing to face financial challenges.
    More proof came on Tuesday evening as the Fayette County Board acted on salaries for two county officers and benefits for all county employees.
    The board, in a unanimous vote, agreed to freeze the salaries of the county coroner and circuit clerk for the next four years.
    And while it approved the rates for employees’ dental and vision coverage, the board held off on deciding who will pay the premiums for those benefits.

  • Senior Spotlight: Luke Smith

    STAUNTON – For a player who prefers the defensive side of the ball, Vandalia senior Luke Smith has sure made a mark on the team’s offense.

    As one of four players with more than 30 rushing attempts on the season, Smith is the only Vandal with a rushing touchdown in each of the team’s three games this season.

    A red zone threat on any drive, the shifty 6-footer has secured 24 of Vandalia’s 92 points on the season (26 percent), and coach John Stout anticipates that he will continue finding the end zone all season.

  • Vandals take seventh straight win vs. Staunton

    STAUNTON – Two long touchdown plays from the Bulldogs were the only big blemishes for Vandalia on Saturday night, but a strong ground attack led the Vandals to a customary result at Staunton.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl carried the ball for 160 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Vandal defense twice stopped Staunton on key drives as Vandalia picked up a 36-21 road win on Saturday, the seventh straight victory against the Bulldogs.

  • Football notes: Roxana not a game to overlook

    Two years ago, Vandalia traveled to Roxana in week three and were upset, 32-14.

    And if the Vandals aren’t careful this Friday, it could happen again.

    “They are a pretty good ball club,” said coach John Stout of the Shells. “In all three of their games, they have been able to move the ball, and have some guys with some skills.

    “They are a threat to us.”

    The likelihood of Vandalia (2-1) overlooking any opponent this season is minimal, however, as every player on the team has big aspirations.

  • Lady Vandals still have perfect record

    Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken started her season with just 20 kills through the first games, but she has turned her attack around and had another strong game last Thursday as the Lady Vandals remained undefeated after a 25-19, 17-25, 25-20 win at Southwestern.

    Leiken led the team with 13 kills and has tallied 50 of them in the past four games, leading the team in the past three. She made just one hitting error on 34 attempts at Southwestern.

  • Vandalia volleyball tournament is on Saturday

    The 19th annual Vandalia Volleyball Tournament will be played on Saturday at the high school and junior high.

    Vandalia, Carlyle, East Alton-Wood River and Brownstown will be in Pool A, with games at the high school, and South Central, Greenville, Lebanon and Beecher City will be in Pool B, with games at the junior high.

    There is sure to be come exciting games during the event, with highlights likely to include Vandalia vs. Carlyle in the final game of Pool A play, and Greenville vs. South Central in the final game of Pool B play.

  • St. Elmo wins in final cancer match vs. Brownstown

    ST. ELMO – A large crowd was on hand Tuesday night to support the final Volley for the Cure game between Brownstown and St. Elmo.

    And they didn’t just get to help a great cause, they also got to see some good volleyball.

    In front a crowd that nearly packed both sides of St. Elmo’s gym, the Lady Eagles rallied from early deficits in both sets of a 25-19, 25-15 victory in the final cancer awareness game before the two schools consolidate their programs next season.

  • Tennis team takes second at Highland

    On Saturday, a freshmen doubles team placed first to lead the Lady Vandals to a second-place finish at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

    Karlie Bright and Makayla Tinker won No. 5 doubles, and two other teams placed second to help Vandalia score 13 team points to fall into second place.

    Centralia (19) was the winner, while Hillsboro (nine) took third. Bright and Tinker’s win against Centralia’s Molly Hutson and Sruti Swesh was the Orphan Annies' only loss in the tournament.