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Today's News

  • Two Vandals qualify for IHSA state meet

    For all of the excitement of two Vandalia boys track athletes making the state meet, there was just as much disappointment, as a senior missed qualifying by just a fraction of a second.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl qualified in two events and sophomore Ben Strobel qualified in one for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state track championships on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    In the 800-meter run, senior Wade Cowger placed third, and his time was just six-hundreths of a second over the automatic state-qualifying time.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 23

    ✔ A Holy Cross Lutheran Church youth will hold a rummage sale from noon-6 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday at the church, 726 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia. A plastic grocery sack full of items will cost $3, and larger items will be marked.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • City honors chiefs
  • Ruffner places 11th in high jump

    CHARLESTON – Vandalia’s Sierah Ruffner has shown a different demeanor throughout her senior season of track.

    And that focus and dedication paid its dividends at the state track championships.

    Ruffner made the state high jump finals for the first time in three tries last Thursday, and took 11th place on Saturday, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

  • Lady Rams earn first regional title since '93

    MACON – Senior Shaunna Rainey got one last home run trot, but otherwise, there wasn’t much excitement for Ramsey in its final game of the season.

    The Lady Rams held an early 2-2 tie, but the sectional semifinal game slipped out of hand in the top of the fourth when Cumberland added eight runs on the way a 13-3 win in six innings at Meridian High School.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Eight Vandalia wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament – Ty Kidd, Louis Smith, Adam Lape, Anthony Lach, Scott Street, Matt Emerick and Jason Clay.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two girls, shown as teenagers in 1948, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left now lives in Southern Illinois and the one on the right moved back to Vandalia several years ago. They were members of a special club in high school.

  • Cougars are regional champions

    When South Central senior Rudy Hablewitz returned to the Cougars baseball team this spring, everyone knew his defense in centerfield was going to be a benefit.

    Little did anyone know that it would be the reason South Central earned a regional championship.

  • Flanders Field has ties to Fayette County

    “In Flanders Field, the poppies blow.  Between the crosses, row on row…”

  • Band: Mission accomplished

    What began as a sour note in March ended with an emotional crescendo Tuesday night as the Vandalia Board of Education reinstated the position of high school band director Tony Hicks.