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Today's News

  • Goin' Slideways

    VANDALIA – One of the best remote-controlled racing dirt tracks in the state is right here in town, and will soon begin its first championship points series.

    The Slideways RC club recently completed work on an outdoor RC track by the Kaskaskia Dragon on Rock Island Avenue, and will be hosting an open house at the track on Saturday to give anyone in the community a chance to try it out.

    Anyone who owns any type of RC car can drive around the track from noon-3 p.m.. Following an hour of maintenance, practice will be held for the 6 p.m. feature races.

  • Earnest a HOFer

    A Vandalia graduate has become the first bowler to be inducted in Vanderbilt University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and that honor came in the same week as she was competing in a major bowling championship and preparing to represent the United States in another tournament.

    Josie Earnest received her induction notice last Tuesday, one day after she began bowling at the U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio, where she would finish 11th at the end of the tournament.

  • Jr. Legion season ends at Division

    A landmark season for Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team ended with two losses at the Division Tournament in West Frankfort this past weekend.

    Post 95 fell to Murphysboro, 10-2, on Saturday, before losing in the bottom of the seventh inning to Altamont, 4-3, on Sunday to finish the season at 21-15.

    “I’m supposed to be the optimistic one with high expectations before the year, but 20 wins and making Division? I was not expecting that,” said coach Jake Riedle. “Some of our guys stepped up and played the best baseball they ever have.”

  • HARNER: Birth of daughter ends long battle, opens next chapter

    ST. LOUIS – We weren’t all made to be athletes.

    I, along with anyone who has ever had the misfortune of watching me attempt to play sports competitively, can vouch for that.

    Fortunately, we were all made to do something, and one of the most wonderful life experiences is helping guide someone in finding their life song.

    I’m only a week into that particular process, but I love every second of it.

  • The Freight to play in state tourney

    The Freight will again come out of retirement to play in the state wooden bat fast-pitch softball tournament.

    The two-time national champion squad will play this weekend in Casey during the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame weekend.

    Vandalia will play the Pinckneyville Falcons in the first game of the tournament at 7 p.m. on Friday.

    There is a three-game guarantee in the three-day tournament.

  • PHOTOS: Lady Vandals Close Summer

    The Vandalia softball team has closed its summer season, with a lot of younger players getting valuable playing time.

    Last Thursday, the Lady Vandals were swept in a doubleheader by the Pana Thunder traveling team.

  • PHOTOS: Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the second annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run on Saturday.

    Overall results in the 5K were:

  • PHOTO: Curll helps fast-pitch team win state title

    Vandalia's Jeremy Curll helped the East Central Illinois Knights to the state championship in fast-pitch softball.

  • PHOTO: Altamont Fast-Pitch Champs

    The Altamont fast-pitch softball league champions were Grobie Flooring. The team includes several players from Fayette County.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Aug. 1)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.