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Today's News

  • Service Flags Flying At Sunset 66

    David Leigh, owner of Sunset 66 in Vandalia, and Andy Lester, a local contractor, wanted to honor members of the U.S. military, and decided to do so by flying the flags of all branches of the service at the station. Crawford-Hale American Legion Home of Vandalia supplied the flags, Sunset 66 bought the poles and Lester installed them. "We've gotten a lot of positive comments on the flags," Leigh said.  

  • Jackson's first weeks on the job

    For the past few weeks, Kevin Jackson has been arriving at Vandalia Community High School at 6 a.m. He lets himself in and heads for his office, a 10-foot-by-10-foot room not far from the gymnasium.
    In one corner of his office, he has his desk with a computer; in the other corner, a two-drawer file cabinet.  Behind his desk on a bulletin board are the schedules for the five fall sports in which VCHS participates.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 6

    Friday night will be a regular night of racing featuring UMP DIRTcar sanctioned Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets. Also racing are the two-man team cars.
    Attention Hornets: Fayette County Speedway is considering a race run in reverse gear that will pay $100 to win. This race won't be mandatory, only for those interested.
    Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 p.m., racing immediately following hot laps.

    UMP DIRTcar Modified Division
    15 cars

    Heat 1
    1. 98C Cole Hussong
    2. 01 Jeremy Nichols

  • Vandalia softball places second at end-of-year Decatur tourney

    This summer, the Vandalia Community High School softball team participated in a Decatur summer league.  The Lady Vandals played in their end-of-season tournament in Decatur, on July 24 and 25,  finishing in second place. 
    In game one, they lost to the Crush, 13-1.  Megan Godoyo hit a triple to drive in the Vandals' lone run of the game.

  • In good hands

    Injuries can occur at any moment in sports, whether it's the big play that wins a game or a simple drill the first day of practice.
    In the past, Vandalia Community High School's on-site medical staff has been somewhat limited. There's always an ambulance and EMT staff at football games, but for every day at practice or at volleyball or tennis matches, the only medical staff is the coach or maybe a parent helping out.

  • ExxonMobil

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants held their monthly meeting and luncheon on Thursday, July 29 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 24 members and four guests attending.
    Those guests were Jane Hammond, and Kenneth and Angela Hagen and their granddaughter, Ashley Hymes.
    Following the pledge of allegiance, Brock Fisher asked the meal prayer. After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting with the welcome.
    Secretary and treasurer reports for June were read and approved. Birthdays for July were read. 

  • Golden Circle Menu for August

    Thursday, Aug. 12 – Fried chicken, roasted rosemary potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges and whole grain roll.
    Friday, Aug. 13 – Chicken salad on bun, tomato medley, kidney bean salad and peaches.
    Monday, Aug. 16 – Grilled chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, peas & carrots, cinnamon applesauce, oatmeal cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Aug. 17 – Hamburger on bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, potato salad and watermelon.

  • Brody Edward Jay

    Craig Jay and Tiffany Heard of Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 4:58 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Brody Edward Jay.
    He has two sisters, 12-year-old Destiny Hans and 5-year-old Darci Jay, and one brother, 10-year-old Chandler Hans.
    Grandparents are Terry and Gay Heard of Smithboro; and Patricia Jay, and Floyd and Nancy Jay, all of Vandalia.

  • Kinlee Jo Gelsinger

    Curt and Tara Gelsinger of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 4:02 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was named Kinlee Jo.
    She has two brothers, 7-year-old Codie and 10-year-old Cameron, and two sisters, 5-year-old Chloe and 8-year-old Brittney.
    Grandparents are Lonnie and April Sprehe of Hornlake, Miss.; Mike and Vicky Diveley, Becky Toberman and Randy Pryor, all of Vandalia; and Doug Toberman of Fillmore.

  • Callie Mae Ledbetter

    Josh and Ashanta Ledbetter of St. Elmo are the parents of a girl born at 3:56 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was named Callie Mae.
    She has two siblings, 4-year-old Chad and 2-year-old Brenner.
    Grandparents are Patricia Wright, and David and Dianne Ledbetter, all of St. Elmo. Great-grandparents are Gary Wright of St. Elmo and Evelyn Hutchison of Vandalia.