Today's News

  • Man charged with possessing stolen firearms

    A rural Vandalia man was arrested on Saturday on charges that include possession of stolen firearms.
    On Monday, he was formally charged with that offense.
    According to the arrest log at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne D. Harbison, 61, RR 3, was arrested on Saturday on charges of sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen firearms.

  • School district still struggling with shortfalls in state funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District was able to save $275,000 in payroll costs by not filling openings left by retiring staffers, it still may be hard pressed to keep up with plummeting state funds.
    “We saved $275,000 without cutting a job,” Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night. “We did all that through retirements. Nobody is going to the unemployment line because we cut their job.”

  • Jr. Vandals break four conference records

    Four Junior Mid-State Conference records were broken by Vandalia track athletes at last Tuesday’s conference meet in Litchfield.

    Eighth-grader Jalea Paslay set the conference mark in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:33.9, while the other three records were set in the pole vault.

    Curtis Gordon (9 feet, 9 inches) set the seventh-grade boys mark, Emma Meyer (7 feet, 6 inches) set the seventh-grade girls record and Karlie Bright (8 feet, 3 inches) set the eighth-grade girls mark.

    Other individuals conference champions were:

  • City staying in the black

    In sifting through the city of Vandalia’s budget for the new fiscal year, one would see some funds ending the year with a positive balance and some with a deficit.
    But, overall, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the budget shows the city in the black at the end of the new fiscal year on April 30, 2013.
    The city council approved a new budget in a special session at the end of last month, then approved an amended version of the financial document last week.

  • Vandals finish tough season at 7-22

    The Vandals honored their seniors last Friday, but the team wasn’t able to come away with a win on that day or for the rest of the season.

    Vandalia lost both games at the Ish Smith Classic in Greenville on Saturday and then fell to Mater Dei, 3-2, in the opening round of the regional tournament on Monday to end the season at 7-22.

  • Lady Vandals close out season

    The Vandalia softball team ended its season with six games in five days, closing out the year with a 10-0 loss to Breese Central in the first round of the regional tournament.

    Junior Shelby Foster led the offense with a double, and junior Morgan Whightsil also had a hit in Monday's game.

    Otherwise, it was all Central, as the Lady Cougars scored in five of the six innings to leave Vandalia with a 5-27 record for the season.

    The game ended the careers of two seniors – Molli Tedrick and Alex Henna.

  • Warriors get by Mulberry Grove in regional action

    MULBERRY GROVE – After several of the early innings of Monday’s regional tournament game, Patoka coaches reminded their players that there was still a lot of game left to make up their deficit.

    It didn’t seem like it was working, but then a few breaks went Patoka’s way in the fifth inning, leading to a six-run frame that helped propel the Warriors to a 7-5 win against Mulberry Grove.

  • Prep roundup (May 17)

    Several Jr. High track athletes do well at state

    Many local athletes did well at recent junior high state meets, with athletes from Brownstown, Patoka and South Central participating.

    Eighth-grader Emily Bone had three top 10 finishes, and seventh-grader Alex Golden had a ninth-place finish to lead 16 qualifiers from Brownstown Junior High at the Illinois Elementary Association Class A state meet in Peoria this past weekend.

  • School record falls at last regular-season meet

    Another Vandalia boys track record fell, as the 4X200-meter relay team set a new mark at Hillsboro last Thursday.

    Senior Quenten Austin, junior Wade Cowger, sophomore Colton Woolsey and junior Ryan Ambuehl teamed up to place second in the race in 1:37.84, beating the previous record, which was set in 2009, by 1.5 seconds.

    Austin and Ambuehl now are part of all four relay records at VCHS.

    Ambuehl, Austin and Codie Jackson also had individual first-place finishes to help the Vandals place second out of three teams.

  • St. Elmo stretches winning streak to 14 games

    The area’s top two baseball teams battled on Monday in the final regular-season game of the season, and St. Elmo pushed its winning streak to 14 games with a 10-6 victory at South Central.

    St. Elmo (20-6) rides the momentum of the streak into the regional tournament, where the Eagles are a No. 2 seed and play on Thursday at Central A&M in Mowequa.

    The turnaround began on April 3, when St. Elmo was nursing a 6-6 record, but since then, the Eagles have scored at least 10 runs nine times, including the past four games.