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Today's News

  • Storm damages South Central High School

    Students at South Central High School were not in class on Wednesday morning, but many of the teachers showed up for work though they were doing work of a different kind.

    Instead of giving lectures or tests, those teachers were busy helping district employees take care of storm damage.

    The roof covering over the high schools library and media center was ripped off by high winds that were part of a major storm that moved through the area on Wednesday night.

  • Closed campus discussion is Monday night

    The Vandalia Board of Education will hold a roundtable discussion next Monday about the possibility of moving to a closed-campus lunch hour.

    The roundtable, during which the public is invited to discuss the issue with school board members, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Community High School cafeteria.

    The purpose of the meeting, Superintendent Rich Well said, is to allow for a conversation between administrators, staff, parents and community members.

  • City buys more land on west side

    As part of its effort to lure a prospect to town, the Vandalia City Council has approved an option for land on the citys west side.

    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes, the council unanimously voted to pay the family of the late Fred and Thelma Mattes $8,750 for an option on about 35 acres of land.

    That property is located south of the citys western Interstate 70 interchange, south of Main Street and east of 120 acres owned by the city, including the land on which National Ethanol LLC plans to build an ethanol plant.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 7

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    eoe" 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 Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Saturday, February 9

  • It's all about appreciating what we have

    It's not uncommon for people to not fully appreciate their hometown ... and its people. Ed Taylor Jr. is not one of those people.

    Taylor was one of two people honored recently by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for community service. As he accepted the award, Taylor explained why he has given a lifetime of service to the Vandalia area and its people.

  • Chelsy Durbin to play softball at McKendree

    McKendree University softball coach Evelyn Bean admits Chelsy Durbin came in "under the radar" when she participated in a recent Bearcats tryout.

    Initially, not much was known about the St. Elmo High School senior.

    But by the time Durbin left the camp, her ability to play all over the diamond was just one aspect that helped raise Durbin's profile to the point that Bean felt compelled to make her part of McKendree's up-and-coming program.

  • IHSA does Lady Vandals few favors

    Pop quiz.

    What does a 21-4 record, two tournament titles and a second-place finish in a conference featuring the top-ranked 2A team in the state get you in the opening round of the postseason?

    A matchup against a sub-.500 would seem to be the obvious answer.

    But it's not in bizzaro world.

    And, unfortunately, the IHSA has set up permanent residence there.

  • Vandals win 14th straight regional title

    The only thing more profound than the Vandalia wrestling team's Cumberland Regional title run Saturday was the reaction of the opposition after the Vandals' 14th-straight regional victory was announced.

    You could here a pin drop.

    The silence spoke volumes to the Vandals' status as the New York Yankees of the regional wrestling scene - a role they have openly embraced.

    "It's like that every year," said VCHS coach Jason Clay of being the team everyone roots against, but nobody can seem to beat. "That's just part of the territory. It's fun. The kids feed off of it."

  • Vandals shock South Central on Senior Night

    Something unusual was in the air Tuesday, both literally and figuratively, as the Vandalia boys basketball team closed out the home portion of its 2007-08 slate.

    As an unseasonable thunderstorm lit up the night sky outside the VCHS gymnasium, the electricity generated inside by the Vandals' Senior Night festivities was palpable as the home team took the floor against Fayette County rival South Central.

    It carried on throughout the game, as the Vandals hung with another favored opponent right up until crunch time.

  • Pana uses fourth-quarter run to edge Vandals

    The Vandals' execution was perfect. Unfortunately, the foreboding sense of dj vu that followed was all too familiar.

    Trailing by three points with six seconds to go in Tuesday's game against Pana at VCHS, Vandals coach Kevin Jackson asked senior Brenden Wasmuth to miss the last of his three free-throw attempts in order to give the Vandals a chance to send the game into overtime with a 3-point shot.

    Wasmuth followed the orders to a T, firing up an errant shot that caromed into the hands of Drew Bell. Bell then found Wasmuth behind the 3-point line, again, according to plan.