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Today's News

  • New Rotary Club Officers

    The officers of the Vandalia Rotary Club for the 2013-14 year are pictured here.

    They are, from left, Steve Ainscough, president; John Ashdown, vice president; Rodes Hood, secretary; Tom McCarty, treasurer; and the Rev. Roger Grimmett, past president. The new officers took over at the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1.

  • Ribbon-Cutting at DC Auto Sports

    The Vandalia chamber held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday at DC Auto Sports, a new automotive shop in Vandalia.

    Located at 105 N. Fifth St., the shop does general mechanical repair, suspension work, small engine repair, window tinting, custom accessory work and hydrographics. The owner is Devin Carlisle and the telephone number is 704-4087.

  • Chamber members hear about RC racing

    Three new members were announced at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Those new members are Zena’s High Speed Internet, WJLY Christian Radio and Habitat For Humanity.

  • Football insider: Lack of big names not a concern

    VANDALIA – Don’t let the lack of big names fool you.

    That’s the message Vandalia football coach John Stout and his players are hoping to send to their South Central Conference opponents this season, as the Vandals take on an underdog role after losing 11 seniors from last season's playoff team.

    “We do have experience coming back, even though they weren’t starters,” Stout said. “Any time you can get the young kids in a varsity game on Friday nights (as we did many times last season), it will help you down the road.

  • Football insider: Lack of big names not a concern

    VANDALIA – Don’t let the lack of big names fool you.

    That’s the message Vandalia football coach John Stout and his players are hoping to send to their South Central Conference opponents this season, as the Vandals take on an underdog role after losing 11 seniors from last season's playoff team.

    “We do have experience coming back, even though they weren’t starters,” Stout said. “Any time you can get the young kids in a varsity game on Friday nights (as we did many times last season), it will help you down the road.

  • Volleyball insider: Seniors are healthy

    VANDALIA – A pair of seniors who have both overcome numerous injuries are ready to take on the challenge of leading the volleyball team.

    Megan Godoyo and Brandy Protz have each missed several games throughout their athletic careers as three-sport athletes at Vandalia, but both are healthy now as they look to lead the Lady Vandals to a second straight regional title.

    “Wins are great, and I hope we get a lot of them, but the main focus is on regionals and sectionals,” Protz said. “I am hoping we can go far at the end of the year.”

  • Vandals finish 7th at Hickory Stick

    The Vandalia High School golf team opened its season with an eighth-place finish at the Hickory Stick Invitational in Wood River.

    Vandalia shot a 373 as a team in the fourth annual event at Belk Park Golf Course, and was led by junior Zach Schaal, who finished 18th with an 18-hole tally of 88.

    Freshman Richie Well was the second-place finisher on the Vandals, shooting a 90 to finish just outside of the top 20, and he was followed by senior Jake Shulman’s 94 and junior Jake Bowen’s 101.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – With support from the Vandalia Main Street Program, Katherine Brown and Riitta Maunula-Craycroft began making plans for a Farmers’ Market on Saturdays in downtown Vandalia.
    A Vandalia School District study of the district’s space issues was to come up with specifications on a new school building.
    Robin Orr and Andrew Crothers were crowned queen and king at the Brownstown High School prom.
    Fayette County Hospital was planning an open house for its new surgical area.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two brothers, pictured more than 40 years ago,  worked together in Decatur for 15 years.

  • Isaac Hill produced early map of area

    Last week, I wrote about Paul Beck, who came to the Big Spring area of Carson Township in search of a good place to build a fort. This was around 1805.
    Soon after Beck had determined  what was the best location for his fort, he met a prominent Indian chief, who bid him welcome and professed great friendship. The Indian invited Beck to come and make his home among them, which he did.
    He built a double-log home near the gushing waters of the big spring that he would later be identified with.