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Today's News

  • Vandals clinch state berth

    What has been anticipated for weeks became official Tuesday night.

    By virtue of its 47-17 thrashing of Litchfield at its own dual team sectional, the VCHS wrestling team will be making the program's 11th Class A Dual Team State Tournament appearance.

    And a rematch of last year's championship dual against Wilmington awaits the Vandals, who will look to get revenge against the defending state champs and Illinois' current No. 1 Class A squad when the two teams clash at 11 a.m. Saturday at Moline's Wharton Fieldhouse.

  • Pana ends Vandals' season

    In many ways, the Vandalia boys basketball team's postseason opener paralleled its regular-season journey.

    Rough start. Strong finish.

    That latter fact considered, it's a shame a Vandals team that was just finding its identity saw its season end with a heartbreaking 48-47 loss to SCC-East rival Pana Monday in the opening round of the Shelbyville Class 2A Regional.

  • Vandals bring program-record five medals home from state

    CHAMPAIGN - Prior to Saturday, no Vandalia wrestling team - not last year's state runner-up, not the squad that placed third at state in 2002, not even the Vandals 1996 state championship team - managed to advance multiple wrestlers to the finals of the Class A Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

  • Brownstown firefighters kept busy

    Brownstown firefighters begin battling a Thursday afternoon blaze that caused major damage to the home of Delbert Frailey in the Four Mile area. Firefighters from Vandalia, St. Elmo and St. Peter provided mutual aid assistance for the fire, and they were at the scene for about four hours. A cause of the fire has not been determined, but fire officials suspect a gas leak. Firefighters drafted water from a nearby pond as part of their efforts to extinguish the fire. Brownstown firefighters were called late Friday afternoon for a fire at the home of Marty Evans north of the village.

  • Shroyer gets second in 189-pound division

    In many ways, Saturday's 189-pound championship match at the Class A Individual State Tournament was vintage Matt Shroyer.

    The Vandalia senior showed relentless will in battling Durand's Mitch Alberstett tooth-and-nail for all the marbles.

    He scratched. He clawed. He left everything on the mat.

    Such has been the case countless times before during a stellar senior, but with one big difference this time around: Shroyer did not emerge victorious.

  • VVFD re-elects officers; has 125 calls in '07

    Merle Adermann, who has served as chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for more than 15 years, was re-elected to that post at the departments annual meeting last week.

    Adermann, who has been a member of the department for 33 years, was first elected chief in October 1992.

    The other officers of the department were also re-elected last Wednesday, including First Assistant Chief Ed Taylor and Second Assistant Chief Keith Meadows.

  • Brad Etcheson wrote journal as he fought cancer

    Brad Etcheson died on Feb. 19, 1998, at the age of 42, following a 2 -year battle with cancer. During this battle, he kept a journal, filling five notebooks to record what he came to refer as his Spiritual Biography.

    During school years, Brad excelled in all sports, and later became an avid golfer. He later played with a group of older men that was affectionately called The Wobblys.

  • Security tightened for city meetings

    A week after stricter security measures were put in place at the Fayette County Courthouse, and about three weeks after five people were fatally shot in a public meeting in Missouri, the city of Vandalia announced tighter security practices for its city council meetings.

    As the council met for the first time in the new city hall on Tuesday, Mayor Rick Gottman announced the new security measures.

    Police Chief Larry Eason, who serves as sergeant-at-arms for council meetings, now sits at a desk facing the entrance to council chambers.

  • Stone gets 4th in 285-pound class

    If only Nate Stone would have had a burger and fries.

    Instead, the Vandalia senior opted for Chinese the night before his 285-pound state quarterfinal match against Macomb's Ethan Kline at the Class A Individual State tournament.

    It would turn out to be a decision Stone deeply regretted.

    "I was sicker than a dog Friday night," Stone said. " I had some bad Chinese Thursday, and I was sick all night Thursday and Friday."

  • Eller places second in 112-pound division

    The situation seemed to be right up Josh Eller's alley.

    The Vandalia senior found himself in the midst of a low-scoring, tightly contested bout against Byron's Allen Fish in Saturday's 112-pound championship match at the Class A Individual State Tournament.

    It was the kind of match Eller regularly pulled out during the regular season.

    And it was eerily similar to his state quarterfinal and semifinal victories before it - matches Eller won in thrilling fashion by 5-4 and 4-2 scores, respectively.