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Today's News

  • Rural King's move to Orgill facility nearly triples size of former store

    When the Vandalia Rural King store moved to its new location, it was only a couple blocks away.
    But judging by the reaction from customers, the new store is in a different universe.
    "People really like the space, the openness of the store," said store manager John Beck. "There's also a lot more room in the parking lot."
    Now, with more than 100,000 square feet of retail space (compared to less than 40,000 square feet before), the store has expanded many of its existing lines and  added others.

  • Good weather, moisture launch harvest activities across Illinois

    Cooler conditions continued over much of the state last week.
    With small amounts of precipitation across the state, many farmers were able to take full advantage of the favorable weather.
    Many producers are either harvesting or preparing for harvest.
    Other farming activities include fall tillage and planting winter wheat.
    There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

  • It's Harvest Time

    Harvest activities started in a big way in Fayette County during the past week. In the first picture, Mitch Johnson drives the combine on the farm owned by his father, Mark Johnson, in the Augsburg area. Many area producers are meeting or exceeding the yields predicted by ag officials.

    To keep the harvest activities going, combine operators frequently unload harvested corn on the fly. In the second photo, Mitch Johnson augers corn into a grain cart being pulled by his grandfather, Tom Johnson.

  • Freshmen lose to Roxana

    Wade Harre gives a thumbs up after carrying for a first down in last Thursday's freshman football game against Roxana. There wasn't too much for the Vandals to cheer about, though. The game included the ejection of a Vandalia player and a shouting match between two fans behind the Vandals bench, as the Vandalia squad was shut out by Roxana, 20-0. The Vandals will play at home Thursday against Wesclin at 6 p.m.

  • JV football shuts out Roxana

    Ryan Ambuehl looks to his left as he rushes for a big gain during Monday's JV football game. Ambuehl scored two touchdowns and made the tackle for a safety during Vandalia's 36-0 win against Roxana. Alex Newsom scored twice for the Vandals and Luke Smith added a score of his own. The Vandals (2-1) will face Marquette Catholic at home next Monday at 6 p.m.

  • Vandalia golf results (Sept. 8-14)

    Tuesday, Sept. 14
    vs. Roxana/Triad

    Vandalia is second with 167
    Individual scores – Wes Lindsey, 39; Blake Swofford, 40; Derrick Herker, 40; Josh Lawson, 48; Zach Jackson, 50
    Thursday, Sept. 9
    vs. Greenville

    Vandalia - 158
    Greenville - 160
    Carlyle - 171
    Individual scores – Swofford, 38; Herker, 39; Lindsey 40; Lawson, 41; Jackson, 48; Zach Reiss 52
    Wednesday, Sept. 8
    vs. Litchfield

    Vandalia - 158
    Litchfield - 168

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Sept. 12

    Sunday, Sept. 12
    UMP DIRTcar Modified Division
     - 12 cars
    Heat 1            
    1.    28        Michael Bolyard
    2.    G1    Gabe Menser
    3.    88       Dave Wheatley
    4.    1A    Jason Boggs
    Heat 2            
    1.    N59    Chad Evans

  • Local volleyball results (Sept. 9-13)

    Patoka
    Monday, Sept. 13
    at Sandoval
    Patoka moved to 5-0 after defeating Sandoval (25-16, 25-9) on Monday. The JV team lost 25-13, 25-20.

    South Central
    Monday, Sept. 13
    at Altamont
    South Central improved to 6-1 after a 25-13, 25-12 win against Altamont on Monday. Sarah Kramer scored 16 points in the match.
    The JV squad won, beating Altamont in three sets, 25-8, 19-25, 25-15, and the freshmen/sophomore team swept Altamont 25-14, 25-11.

  • This week's local sports schedule

    Thursday Sept. 16
    BASEBALL
    Mulberry Grove vs. Brownstown, 4:15 p.m.
    South Central vs. St. Elmo, 4:15 p.m.
    Patoka at Sandoval, 4:15 p.m.
    VOLLEYBALL
    Vandalia at Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m.
    Patoka at Christ Our Rock Lutheran, 6:15 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Stew-Stras, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central vs. Dieterich, 6:15 p.m.
    SOCCER
    Vandalia at Centralia CORL, 4:30 p.m.
    TENNIS

  • Vandalia VB tournament to be played Saturday

    Vandalia High School will host its 17th annual volleyball tournament on Saturday.
    The tournament is divided into two pools, with Vandalia, Carlyle, Brownstown and Lebanon competing in Pool A at Vandalia High School, and Greenville, Beecher City, Roxana and South Central competing at Vandalia Jr. High School.
    Doors open to fans at 7:30 a.m., and the cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Admission is good all day for both gyms.
    Pool A Schedule
    8 a.m. Vandalia vs. Brownstown
    9 a.m. Carlyle vs. Lebanon