Today's News

  • Aces High: Mulberry Grove wins first-ever sectional game

    Everything about the Mulberry Grove softball team's thrilling 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the host team Wednesday at the Lincolnwood Class 1A Sectional reminded coach John Barnes of a win four years ago that sent his current group of seniors to state their eighth-grade year.

    Same field. Same teams. Same final score. Even the same hero.

    But the subtle differences between those two games are what made the Lady Aces' first-ever sectional victory all the more special to Barnes.

  • Bell, Goen come up short of finals at state meet

    Had he been playing a video game, Drew Bell would have hit the reset button.

    "It was really disappointing," said the VCHS junior of his preliminary race in the 1,600-meter run Friday at the IHSA boys state track and field meet. "I was hoping to at least get to the finals, but I wasn't even close."

    Bell did indeed fall well short of his goal of qualifying for the finals, as his time of 4 minutes, 41.56 seconds placed him sixth out of nine runners in his heat and 18th out of 29 overall. The top 12 runners advanced.

  • COLLEGE REPORT: Doehring named top newcomer

    Blake Doehring was not entirely shocked that he earned the Blackburn College men's basketball team's Newcomer of the Year award at its recent sports banquet.

    The numbers simply do not lie.

    Doehring, a Vandalia grad, finished his freshman year with 165 points, which is an average of 6.9 per game. He earned 14 starts and played in all 24 games. Doehring also finished his season with 37 rebounds, 33 assists and 13 steals.

  • Eller to wrestle at the collegiate level

    Josh Eller did more than enough during his high school wrestling career to get attention.

    Three state tournament appearances. A fourth-place showing in his weight class as a junior. And a second-place finish as a senior.

    All told, the recent VCHS grad piled up 99 career wins during his Vandals varsity career and became just the fourth individual in the history of the storied program to place at state multiple times.

    But, ironically, it's what Eller did this offseason that landed him a spot on the Coe College (Iowa) wrestling team for the next four years.

  • St. Elmo does great job of honoring veterans

    When it comes to paying tribute to the men and women who have served this country in the armed forces, both in war and time of peace, the community of St. Elmo has gone all out.

    The committee that raised the necessary funds and saw the town's Veterans' Memorial through to completion presented the finished product to an extremely large crowd during the American Legion Post's Memorial Day program on Monday afternoon.

  • Mary Peyton Meyer was a true original

    She was, without question, an original.

    With a life that spanned 102 years, Mary Peyton Meyer saw a slice of American life that boggles the mind. She, quite literally, saw us move from the horse and buggy days to a time when we can communicate, through cyberspace, with people anywhere in the world. She saw the first automobiles, she saw man walk on the moon, she saw the development of the first computers (though she never saw the need for one to do her reports).

    And through all the changes, Mary exhibited a zest for life that amazed those half her age.

  • Fayette County women in World War I

    Nettie Hunt was the first nurse from Fayette County to see overseas service during World War 1. When America entered the war, Nettie went to St. Louis and volunteered for Red Cross work.

    Henrietta (Nettie) Hunt was born and raised in Carson Township, the youngest daughter of Haroldson Lafayette and Ella Rose Myers Hunt. After graduating eighth grade, Nettie attended the University at Valparaiso, Indiana.

  • Two-time cancer survivor cites benefits of Relay for Life

    Vera Durbin is a two-time survivor of cancerand looking and feeling great! However, she realizes the battle against cancer and the quest for the prevention of and cure for the dreaded disease must go on.

    Therefore, she is a worthy advocate for the Fayette County Relay for Life, which will take place June 7-8 on the Vandalia Community High School track.

    The National Relay for Life began approximately 20 years ago in Tacoma, Wash., and this is the 11th year for Relay for Life in Fayette County.

    Durbin remembers being diagnosed with uterine cancer.

  • District to create master plan for athletic facilities

    A meeting between Vandalia school officials and representatives of several community organizations was held last Thursday to launch the process of creating a master plan for sports facilities in the community.

    Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told a group of about 28 individuals that the process started with discussions several years ago about an all-weather track, but has subsequently spread to include other facilities near the school complex some owned by the school district and some by the Vandalia Park District.

  • Governor finally releases state funds for school districts

    Local school officials received word late last week that state school aid payments for the final month of the fiscal year will be made.

    The decision by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to release about $390 million in General State Aid payments to the states school districts comes after he came under increasing pressure from education officials and the media.

    For the past several weeks, Blagojevich had indicated that he would address the state budget deficit by withholding the last two semi-monthly payments of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.