Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident, Richard “Dick” Stock. He died on Jan. 24 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 25 days. The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
    Allen Magnus of St. Peter and Delores “Lody” DeVore of Centralia were married on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The couple will reside in rural St. Peter.
    St. Peter Market Sells

  • Senior Spotlight: Harley Tompkins

    MULBERRY GROVE – When she isn’t feeling so good about pushing herself while training or at practice, senior Harley Tompkins just reminds herself of one thing.

    This spring will be the last chance to make the state tournament.

    That inner drive has helped the Mulberry Grove softball standout train for the upcoming season as hard as anyone, and it also helped land her a spot on Parkland College’s squad in the springs of 2013 and 2014.

    Fortunately for her, when she begins playing there, the winning has a good chance to continue.

  • Wrestlers take third in final regular-season event

    LITCHFIELD – Senior Dayin Godberson won an individual championship at 182 pounds to lead eight wrestlers who finished in the top six, as the Vandals placed third at Saturday’s Litchfield Invitational.

    Godberson, who also won the 182-pound weight class at the Civic Memorial Tournament earlier this season, scored the first takedown of his match against Peter Schlafly, the top seed from MICDS.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Feb. 1
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, Feb. 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Feb. 3

  • Turnovers, rebounds hurt Vandals in loss

    Vandalia and Pana both scored a lot of points and committed a lot of turnovers during Tuesday’s game, but the Panthers gained the edge in rebounding to give them a 65-60 road victory.

    The teams combined for 51 turnovers (27 for Pana and 24 for Vandalia) throughout the game, but it was Pana’s ability to grab offensive rebounds that hurt the Vandals the most.

    Pana (18-2) scored 16 second-chance points from 12 offensive rebounds, including five points off of two of those boards in the final 2:22 of the game.

  • Vandals use late push to beat Litchfield at home

    For the second straight game, Vandalia was able to contain its opponent's center, but the Vandals still needed a furious fourth-quarter comeback last Friday to defeat Litchfield, 58-50.

    Junior Leyton Godoyo was the primary defender of Litchfield’s Dale Volentine, who had just 12 points during the game. Godoyo was also responsible for guarding Hillsboro’s Matt DeLuka three days before.

    Combined, Volentine and DeLuka had 37 fewer points then they did in the first meetings of the season.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Mary (Catherni) Carson White.

  • Wrestlers defeated by O'Fallon on senior night

    The three Vandalia seniors who wrestled on senior night last Thursday came away victorious, but the team lost to O’Fallon, 36-24.

    Dayin Godberson (182), Levi Ulmer (195) and Anthony Fladeland (285) each earned wins that served as three of the first four for the Vandals, and that was expected, as those three had combined to win 68 matches coming into the dual meet.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Cham-ber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Louise Low and Dr. Kevin Childers to recognize their service to the community. The chamber also presented a special award to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 100-plus years of service to Vandalia.
    The city of Vandalia began working to get rid of the odor emanating from the city's sewage treatment plant.

  • Lincoln Victory Ball is on Feb. 11

     On Feb. 11, 1861, president-elect Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, D.C., for his inauguration. On the same day, Jefferson Davis left his home in Vicksburg, Miss., for Montgomery, Ala., to accept the presidency of the Confederate states.