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Today's News

  • No water, sewer rate hikes

    For the first time in many years, Vandalia residents can expect not to see increases in their water and sewer rates.
    That’s because the expenses of the city’s water and sewer departments over the past year do not warrant increases.
    In presenting the annual audit report, Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam also gave a report on the city’s water and sewerage systems.
    That reports shows that water system expenses for the year ending April 30 totaled $1,765,070, a .73-percent decrease over the total from the previous year.

  • City turns down TIF aid for Twisters

    In his third appearance before the Vandalia City Council, local developer Dennis Grubaugh learned that he will not get financial assistance from the city for the building that formerly housed Twisters.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council decided not to honor Grubaugh’s request for Tax Increment Financing assistance in replacing the roof on the former entertainment center.
    Grubaugh applied for $75,000 – $25,000 a year for three years – in TIF assistance for the roof replacement, which is estimated to cost $258,750.

  • South Central grad Spencer Patton called up by the Texas Rangers

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton will join the Texas Rangers bullpen on Thursday, and should soon after make his Major League debut.

    Patton, who was acquired by the Rangers in a July trade with the Kansas City Royals, was 1-1 with a 3.38 earned-run average and four saves in 15 appearances for the Triple-A Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League.

    He struck out 25 batters in 16 innings of work, but had struggled lately, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk in his final three appearances for Round Rock.

  • Defense shines in season-opening win

    VANDALIA – Holding a one-possession lead midway through the fourth quarter, Vandalia found an unconventional way to get good field position for its offense.

    Junior lineman Kendrick Woolsey intercepted a tipped pass at Gillespie’s 35-yard line, senior quarterback Collin Nestleroad ran in a 22-yard touchdown three plays later and the Vandals continued carrying the momentum to a 30-6 victory in last Friday’s season-opener.

  • Formation change propels Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – Switching to a 6-2 formation was the winning trick for the Lady Vandals in Tuesday's home opener.

    Especially for the hitters.

    Kadi Metzger swung with more confidence, Ally Sasse had a team-high seven kills and freshman Katie Tarkington made a big impact in a 25-12, 25-22 win against Staunton.

  • Improved Maxey helps SEB top Lady Vandals

    ST. ELMO – Sarah Maxey has reinvented herself as a player, and the early results are extremely promising for St. Elmo/Brownstown.

    The junior setter had 12 assists and four service aces in last Thursday’s season-opening 17-25, 26-24, 25-20 win against Vandalia, moving fluidly across the court to set passes and committing just three errors in the match.

  • Vandal golfers win home-opener

    VANDALIA – Two Ramsey players tied for medalist honors at Vandalia Country Club last Thursday, but consistent scoring from Vandalia’s top four players gave the Vandals the win in a close match.

    Senior Jake Bowen led Vandalia with a 42, and three others shot 47 or better, as the Vandals topped Ramsey 180-183. Altamont shot a 194.

    Ramsey’s Brady Reiss and Michael Lay each shot a 40 for the match’s best score, but the team’s other two scores were in the 50s.

  • Powless shines in shutout win vs. Patoka

    A big year is in order for South Central senior Noah Powless.
    If last Wednesday’s game is any indication, it may end up being a monster year.
    Powless struck out 10 in four innings and clobbered his first home run of the season as the Cougars dominated Patoka, 10-0, in six innings.
    Senior Gavin Ratermann was 3-for-3 for the Cougars (2-0), ending the game with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth – one of 12 walks drawn by South Central.

  • Bombers beat BCCH; stay perfect in NTC

    The Bombers remained perfect in National Trail Conference play and also picked up an Egyptian-Illini Conference victory last Friday, with a 3-1 win at Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick.
    Senior Drake Hall struck out 10 in a complete game for his second win of the fall, allowing just one run on four hits. He did not walk a batter.
    Junior Malachi Maxey paced the offense, going 2-for-4, with a double and an RBI. Also driving in runs for the Bombers (2-1, 2-0 NTC, 1-0 EIC) were Elijah Austin, who doubled, and Cole Horner.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Sept. 3)

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