Today's News

  • School district sells Bresee land

    In a meeting that lasted less than 45 minutes, the Vandalia Board of Education last Tuesday voted to sell two tracts of land and advertise the home currently being built by the building trades class.

    The land, which was donated to the district about five years ago by former resident Dick Breesee, sold for $90,000 for a 15.2-acre tract (with a cabin) and $295,000 for a 138-acre tract. The property is located near the Brownstown exit on Interstate 70.

  • Black assesses tenure as county board chairman

    Dean Black knows that some of the decisions he was involved in while serving as chairman of the Fayette County Board – including the sale of the county's coal rights – were not well received by some residents of the county.

    But Black, who resigned earlier this month after five years as the board chairman, said that his priority was always doing the best he could to serve all residents of the county.

    Black, who served as a District 7 representative on the board for nine years, said he feels good about his tenure as the board chairman, for several reasons.

  • KC Vandalia Campus Campaign workers get first look at Simma-Kelly Education Building

    Jack Johnston and Mary Lou Whitten both got a little emotional as they spoke on Tuesday morning to a group of individuals who played key roles in the transformation of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus from a dream to a reality. And they had good cause.

    For Johnston, it was the fact that the community pulled together to build the 22,000-square-foot educational facility, and that the teamwork throughout the campus campaign will benefit both individuals and the community for many years to come.

  • Lady Vandals off to 2-0 start

    The Vandalia girls basketball team's defense is already in midseason form.

    South Central and Alton Marquette can attest to that after suffering a combined 60 turnovers against the Lady Vandals in their first two games.

    VCHS's offense isn't quite there yet. But thanks to the former, it hasn't mattered, as the Lady Vandals have raced out to a 2-0 start with a pair of defense-dominated double-digit wins.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 22


    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will serve a free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home, located at 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. No reservations are required. To make transportation or delivery arrangements, call First Baptist Church in Vandalia, 283-0313, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any weekday before Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    Saturday, November 24

  • Bombers win in new coach's debut

    Adam Bussard hoped to instill a defense-first mentality in his first year as Brownstown's boys basketball coach.

    And the early returns indicate he's done just that after the Bombers' season-opening 49-39 win over Mt. Olive Monday night at the Mulberry Grove Tournament.

    After closing the first half with a 14-1 run that erased a nine-point deficit and gave the Bombers a 27-23 lead at intermission, Brownstown held Mt. Olive to just 16 second-half points on 6-for-27 shooting.

  • South Central looks to join the NTC

    The National Trail Conference and South Central High School have always seemed to be a perfect match.

    Problem is, the Fayette County school never had a serious opportunity to court the storied small-school league.

    Until last week.

    Long reluctant to expand, the NTC officially welcomed Dieterich into the fold last Tuesday, bringing the number of member schools in the league to an undesirably uneven total of 11.

    South Central saw this development as an opportunity to make its move. And it did not hesitate to act.

  • Turnovers doom Vandals in season-opening loss

    EFFINGHAM - Under normal circumstances, 53 percent shooting from the field is more than good enough to earn a victory.

    And that's the shooting percentage the new-look VCHS boys basketball team finished with Monday night in its season opener.

    But, unfortunately for the Vandals, there was nothing normal about the circumstances they found themselves in against the host team at the Effingham-St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?

    Most of us could tick off a substantial list of things that are near and dear to us. And when we consider the plight of others around the world, we undoubtedly have ample reason to be grateful. Here are a few:

    Our family (which is a source of support and love through the good times and the bad).

    Our community (which, thanks to the commitment of many of our leaders and business owners, is growing and moving forward).

  • Memories of Thanksgiving on the farm

    One of my favorite childhood memories is of our family gatherings at my grandparents' farm to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    It was the one holiday when our entire family (on my mother's side, anyway) would get together. There must've been more than 50 of us on most Thanksgivings.

    In addition to mountains of great food, we had all kinds of other attractions on my grandparents' farm.