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Today's News

  • BREAKING NEWS-9:55 a.m., Tuesday

    Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. notified Vandalia officials on Tuesday morning that its Vandalia project is officially dead.

    In a letter received on Tuesday morning by City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Motown CEO Kenneth Bardwell notified the city that it no longer plans to proceed with its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment facility in Vandalia.

    Along with the letter, which is dated June 1, Bardwell enclosed a payment of $17,500 for reimbursement of a traffic study the city had performed for the project. The payment was made with three checks.

  • Patoka to face South Central in sectional championship

    Patoka will play South Central on Saturday in the Albion Sectional championship at 1 p.m.

    The winner plays in the Marion Supersectional on Monday at 6 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Patoka defeated Dieterich 3-0 and South Central defeated Albion 7-4.

    South Central beat Patoka 9-7 earlier this season.

  • Relay for Life pie auction June 3-4

     A pie auction to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from 9-11 a.m. next Thursday and Friday on WPMB Radio, AM 1500.

    This year's Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, in Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • NEW SLIDE SHOW

     A new slide show featuring photos from area graduations and baccalaureate at Vandalia Community High School is now available on this website.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cowger and Kramer qualify for finals

    Will Cowger of Vandalia and Michael Kramer of St. Elmo co-op have qualified for the IHSA state track and field finals on Saturday.

    Cowger qualified in the shot put, with a heave of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

    Kramer qualified in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 3 inches.

    Vandalia's Angel Osorio also competed in the high jump, but could not clear the 6 feet, 3 inch cutline.

    Cowger and Kramer will both compete on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Charleston.

  • Osorio returning to state meet, joined by Cowger and Kramer

    For the second straight year, Vandalia qualified athletes for the boys IHSA Track and Field State Finals.

    Angel Osorio is returning to state for the second consecutive year, after placing second in the high jump at the Robinson Sectional on Friday, with a jump of 6 feet, 5 inches.

    Osorio nearly qualified for state in the 400-meter dash, placing third with a time of 52.90 seconds

    Last season at state, Osorio had to compete with the rain as well as other athletes. The weather hindered his performance placing him in a tie for 18th at 6 feet.

  • SC wins fifth straight regional championship

    No area school has had the amount of success that the South Central baseball team has experienced during coach Curt Jones' tenure.

    With 10 regional championships, two professional baseball players, countless college players through the years and a steady follow of talent and 20-win seasons, South Central's program continues to thrive.

    Saturday's 14-6 thrashing of North Clay added another chapter to the Cougars' history, as South Central got its 22nd win of the season and its fifth straight regional crown.

  • T-Town ends Vandals' season again

    T-Town continues to have Vandalia's number, beating the Vandals 11-0 on Wednesday, ending their season in the regional semifinal for the second straight season.

    "T-Town has had a good program for a very long time, and we're trying to turn our program around. It's only a matter of time before things turn and we take care of business, just like they did today," Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt said.

  • Land speculator's wife writes of her life

    The first column I wrote for this newspaper was published in January 1997. It was written about the life of Christiana Holmes Tillson of Montgomery County.

    Christiana’s husband, John Tillson, came to Illinois in June 1818, as an agent for Eastern land speculators. Christiana wrote of their early life in Illinois in the book, “A Woman’s Story of Pioneer Illinois.”

  • Remember to thank a veteran

    This  weekend, we have the opportunity to pay tribute to those special men and women who have sacrificed for the rest of us by serving in the military.

    As we observe Memorial Day on Monday, we will be reminded of the ways those courageous individuals have placed our well-being above their own comfort and safety. In some cases, they actually laid down their life as a sacrifice to keep our nation free.

    It's a monumental debt that we owe. But it's one that all too often we forget.