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Today's News

  • Vandals place 5th at Princeton, sweep two triangulars

    Five Vandals placed Saturday at the prestigious Princeton Invitational, helping VCHS edge out Byron for fifth-place in a field featuring a "who's who" list of Illinois wrestling programs.

    Senior Matt Shroyer led the way, claiming the title in the 189-pound division, helping the Vandals move up two spots from last year's seventh-place finish in a field that included four of the state's top 10 Class A teams.

    Still, the Vandals left the 25-team extravaganza feeling they could have made a bigger statement.

  • St. Elmo State-Tournament Squad Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    The situation seemed ideal for Dan Denton.

    A 2 1/2-hour drive. A scenery-free stretch of interstate.

    Plenty of time and minimal distractions in his quest to come up with the perfect words to honor a special team.

    But by the time Denton completed his journey from his home just south of Kankakee to the small south-central Illinois town where he enjoyed the most memorable season of his 32-year coaching career, the perfect words had yet to materialize.

    It wasn't for lack of material, though. Quite the opposite.

  • City's division on engineering not good

    The city of Vandalia has some significant projects on the table, including the extension of water and sewer lines at the western Interstate 70 interchange and improvements to the downtown business district. And there are signs of other projects planned in the future.

    It's not the best time to have an obvious split among city officials about who should provide engineering services. Based on comments and votes at recent city council meetings, there is such a split.

  • Photographic plates a real steal at auction

    Several years ago, I attended an auction in Ramsey for the late Lois Stoddard.

    Among the treasures I carried home that day were three shoeboxes of photographic glass plates. As my bid was accepted, a man over my shoulder said, "You probably just got the best deal of the day." I had to agree.

    Lucky for me, Judy Stoddard Lampkin of Chicago was attending the auction. BJ Mueller introduced us, for which Im grateful, because Judy knew a lot about the plates. She told me they were most probably those of Frances Willis Mattes, who had been dead for many years.

  • Watson challenging VCC cuts

    State Sen. Frank Watson acknowledges that since Gov. Rod Blagojevich was unsuccessful in his attempt to close Vandalia Correctional Center three years ago, rumors about cutbacks and closures at VCC "have run rampant."

    But Watson, the Greenville Republican who serves as the Illinois Senate minority leader, found out Tuesday that there's some truth to the latest report of a cutback at the local prison. And Watson said he told IDOC officials that afternoon that he wants some details about the agency's plans.

  • End of the year wrapup

    The city of Vandalia filled its newly created position of director of economic development and tourism with a native of the Vandalia area. An area native was also chosen as the new librarian at Evans Public Library.

    Those were among the news stories from 2007. We finish our look back at the past year with some of the stories from the last three months of the year.

    SEPTEMBER

  • City OKs bidding for downtown infrastructure work

    The Vandalia City Council decided on Monday to take another step toward making downtown improvements by seeking bids for water and sewer line work.

    After receiving bids for those improvements, the city will see where it stands financially as it makes decisions regarding downtown streetscape projects.

    The council's action on Monday comes several weeks after two council committees and the Downtown Advisory Committee recommended separating the infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

  • Lady Vandals move to 15-3

    Woodlawn's girls basketball team started filtering into the gym during the second quarter of the opening game of the Sandoval Tournament Monday.

    What the Lady Cardinals witnessed over the next three quarters of could not have left them feeling particularly elated about their upcoming semifinal matchup with a red-hot Vandalia team.

  • Wednesday fire destroys home; man sustains minor burns

    A Vandalia man sustained minor burns in a fire Wednesday evening that destroyed his family's residence.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeremy Beck family, at 904 N. Sixth St., at 8:41 p.m.

    Because they were at the fire station for their weekly meeting, firefighters began arriving at the scene in about a minute. Upon their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.

  • Wilmington takes state-title rematch over Vandals

    Wilmington's wrestling team is ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason.

    The defending Class A champions return a strong core from a squad that edged Vandalia via a tiebreaker in last year's dual team state final.

    So it wasn't that surprising the Vandals lost to the Wildcats Saturday at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge.

    But it was how the Vandals dropped a 47-23 dual that bugged VCHS coach Jason Clay.