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Today's News

  • City officials talk about restaurants and possible Relay for Life move

    The Vandalia City Council discussed restaurants on Monday – the burned-out home of a former restaurant, and the inability to lure more eateries.

    Alderman Bret Brosman said he feels it’s time for the owners of The Depot, which was gutted by fire on Labor Day of last year, do something about the remains of the structure.

    “It is unsightly and secure,” Brosman said.

    “It was an asset to our community, but (now) it is a burned-out hull,” he said. “The period of mourning (the loss of the restaurant) is over.

  • Stephens, city fighting Statehouse closure

    An area legislator told Vandalia officials on Monday night that he’s among the contingent of lawmakers pushing to keep the state’s historic sites and parks open.

    The mayor told that legislator that he has formed a team that will lobby legislators for that action.

    State Rep. Ron Stephens attended Monday’s city council meeting to present a $200,000 check for improvements.

    After handing over the check, Stephens offered to take any comments or questions from city officials.

  • Stock, Schukar named VCHS royalty
  • UPDATE-'Portrait of a Solider' on display at KC

    A riveting memorial for Illinois' fallen soldiers reached Vandalia on Monday. At the request of Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition is at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The memorial exhibition, which has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 35 cities and towns throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept.11, 2001.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 11

    4 Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    4 A meeting to gather input from the public on the future of the Liberty Theater building will be held at 6 p.m. at the Easterday Building, 529 W. Gallatin St. Topics to be discussed include possible funding options available and public sentiment.

    Friday, September 12

  • Vandals offense heats up in win

    Scoring isn't everything.

    But - as evidenced by the smile on Brett Ambuehl's face following the Vandalia soccer team's 4-2 victory over Centralia Lutheran Tuesday - it sure is a lot of fun.

    "It feels awesome," said Ambuehl after the Vandals ended a long scoring drought dating back to last season, "We haven't scored in a long time."

    Ambuehl put two of Vandalia's goals in the back of the net, booking the latter on a sweet header set up by teammate Lucas McDowell on an inbounds pass from the corner.

    "Lucas set that one up perfect," Ambuehl said.

  • Wimberly strikes out 15 in Patoka win

    The Patoka baseball team has been hitting like a collection of super men early in the fall season, averaging 10 runs per game.

    But soft-tossers have proven to be Kryptonite to the Warriors, and Monday's home game against Noble was no exception.

    "We just don't hit soft pitching," said senior Cody Wimberly after his team came up with just seven safeties and one earned run off Noble's diminutive southpaw starter. "We just can't stay back."

  • Life's a Drag for Vandalia Youth

    Brandy Protz can vividly remember her first time behind the wheel.

    "I was scared," Protz admits, "but right after, I wanted to do it again."

    The Vandalia Junior High School seventh-grader's experience wasn't at all that unusual -until you consider she was only 9 - and that she was driving a 1993 Spitzer Chassie at Coles County Dragway in Charleston.

    Protz first got the urge to do so when she was just 6.

  • Dothager to play softball at McKendree

    All Lyndsey Dothager really wanted to do was go out with a bang.

    She wound up making a dream come true.

    The recent Mulberry Grove grad was having the week of her life at the recent North American Fastpitch Association 18-and-under National Tournament.

    But after going unsigned despite a breakthrough senior season at MGHS, Dothager figured she might well be playing her last organized softball game when her summer traveling team, the Mulberry Grove Jaguars, took the field in an elimination game in the national tournament in St. Louis.

  • Bushue throws 1-hitter, strikes out 17

    The South Central baseball team has sent a clear message to its Midland Trail Conference foes early in the fall season - the road to the MTC title still goes through Kinmundy.

    And, as an up-and-coming Louisville-North Clay team found out Tuesday night, that road is a particularly treacherous one when Tanner Bushue is on the mound.

    Playing under the lights at Lions Field, Bushue came up with a prime-time performance in a game with huge conference championship implications, hurling a one-hitter and fanning 17 in a 7-0 Cougars win.