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Today's News

  • Stone gets 4th in 285-pound class

    If only Nate Stone would have had a burger and fries.

    Instead, the Vandalia senior opted for Chinese the night before his 285-pound state quarterfinal match against Macomb's Ethan Kline at the Class A Individual State tournament.

    It would turn out to be a decision Stone deeply regretted.

    "I was sicker than a dog Friday night," Stone said. " I had some bad Chinese Thursday, and I was sick all night Thursday and Friday."

  • Eller places second in 112-pound division

    The situation seemed to be right up Josh Eller's alley.

    The Vandalia senior found himself in the midst of a low-scoring, tightly contested bout against Byron's Allen Fish in Saturday's 112-pound championship match at the Class A Individual State Tournament.

    It was the kind of match Eller regularly pulled out during the regular season.

    And it was eerily similar to his state quarterfinal and semifinal victories before it - matches Eller won in thrilling fashion by 5-4 and 4-2 scores, respectively.

  • Pyle makes most of second chance at state

    Cody Pyle waited a long time for another shot at state tournament glory.

    And the VCHS senior certainly did not squander his second opportunity once it finally came along.

    After a 10-5 quarterfinal upset of Wilmington's Jeff Goodwin in his first state-tournament match since his freshman year, Pyle pulled off a near-miraculous overtime victory over Orion's R.J. Emerick in the 135-pound semifinals Saturday at the Class A Individual State Tournament.

  • Bowling places second in 145-pound division

    Adam Bowling got a rematch he never expected in Saturday's in the Class A Individual State Tournament's 145-pound title match.

    And, considering he had beaten Wilmington's Jake Murphy earlier this year at the St. Thomas More Challenge, all signs seemed to be pointing toward one of the Vandals' all-time winningest wrestlers bringing home the program's fourth individual state title.

    But Murphy did not cooperate, holding off Bowling in the final seconds for a 7-5 win just a few hours after upsetting two-time state champion Jeff Bybee in the semifinals.

  • Closed campus for VCHS OK'd

    Just a week after holding a public roundtable discussion on the topic, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed, without discussion, a proposal to close the lunch hour at Vandalia Community High School.

    That move to a closed campus at noon brings the local district into line with all other districts in Fayette, Bond and Effingham counties.

    The change will be effective with the start of the school year next fall.

  • New feature on Web site allows comments

    Except for major issues such as bond issues, we receive very little feedback from people in the community on those everyday issues that are covered in the pages of our newspaper. Thats likely to change through a new feature offered on our Web site.

    As you may know, our parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, has provided a new Web site format for us and other LCNI newspapers. The work to improve our Web sites is ongoing.

  • BHS cheerleaders win state title

    The Brownstown High School cheerleading squad is proof positive that perseverance pays off.

    Early in the school year, the Bombers set an ambitious goal of advancing to the 2008 Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association state finals.

    But it looked like they might not even get a chance to compete in the preliminary competition necessary to qualify for state, as the first two regionals the Bombers signed up for were cancelled.

    Undeterred, the Bombers finally found a venue to showcase their talents at the Highland Regional.

  • Vandals come up a little short in 3 O.T. thriller

    The Vandalia boys basketball team pushed a 17-victory Roxana squad to the edge of the edge on the Shells' Senior Night.

    The host team escaped in a triple-overtime thriller, however, 68-65.

    Vandalia twice got big game-tying 3-point shots from Brenden Wasmuth, forcing the second and third overtimes. But the Vandals were unable to get a third game-tying 3-pointer to fall at the end of the third O.T., as a pair of good looks from beyond the arc were off the mark.

  • Eagles edge Bombers in 2 OT thriller

    With his team up two points with 11 seconds remaining Saturday night at St. Elmo, Brownstown forward Jared Winters was overcome by a foreboding sense of deja vu.

    But to the Bomber sophomore's credit, he tried to go the diplomatic route in an attempt to stave it off.

    "Winters came up to me and said, 'Do us a favor and try not to hit a last-second shot,'" said St. Elmo senior Colton Booher.

    Unfortunately for the Bombers, Booher was not about to oblige in the final home game of his career.

  • Hemminghaus, Foster to make state debuts

    The Vandalia wrestling team's five state-tournament veterans have offered up a little advice to teammates Curtis Hemminghaus and Alex Foster as they get set to make their state-tournament debuts Friday.

    "They just said, 'Don't look up,'" said Hemminghaus, refering to the potentially overwhelming scene that will greet him when he hit the mats at the 16,000-plus seat Assembly Hall.

    "And I'm not going to look up," Hemminghaus added.