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Today's News

  • Schwarm's blast propels Post 95 to win vs. Granite City

    VANDALIA – Austin Schwarm made his point in the grandest fashion last Wednesday.

    A day after Vandalia Sr. Legion coach Mark Lewis told his team that he didn’t expect anyone to hit a home run during the summer, Schwarm connected for a grand slam to help lead Post 95 to an 8-5 win against Granite City.

    Blasting the third pitch of his at-bat beyond the 335-foot marker in left-centerfield, Schwarm cleared the bases with two outs to give Vandalia what was then a 7-0 lead and force Lewis to reconsider the previous day’s thought.

  • Ehrat to continue tennis career at Millikin University

    A 2013 Vandalia High School graduate will be continuing her athletic career as an NCAA Division III tennis player at Millikin University.

    Paige Ehrat will join the Big Blue tennis team after two strong years of play with the Lady Vandals varsity squad.

    “I am excited at the opportunity to coach Paige,” said Millikin tennis coach Dustin Forman. “While recruiting Paige, many things impressed me, including her passion for tennis, the desire to work hard and improve, and her enthusiasm for Millikin.

  • Lady Vandals sweep DH against alumni

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals got their first win of the summer on Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader against the alumni.

    Rising senior Megan Godoyo tossed a shutout in an 8-0 win in game one, and Kelsey Swain scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure a 6-5 win in game two.

    A team of different alumni players had swept the Lady Vandals in a doubleheader one week prior.

  • First summer shootout in the books

    VANDALIA – Final results of the first Vandal summer shootout were not available by press time, but results for a handful of games featuring local teams follow.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the Vandals lost in the first round of the tournament to Putnam County, 18-13.

    In a game that was close throughout the first half, Putnam County used a 6-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish just before the halfway mark.

    Five Vandals scored in the game, with rising junior Luke Hollinshead leading the team with four points.

  • Pension reform must be faced

    It’s time. In fact, it’s well past time.
    Illinois legislators must deal with the state’s pension crisis.
    They had an opportunity during the recent legislative session, but left Springfield without any meaningful progress.

  • Rich, black soil draws farmers to area

    While leafing through a back issue of the genealogy quarterly of the Montgomery County Genealogical Society, headquartered in Litchfield, a series of letters written by Jacob Cress and Daniel Ludwick in the 1830s caught my attention.
    Addressed to family members still living in  Cabarrus County, N.C., the men, who were brothers-in-law, wrote letters encouraging their family to leave the “old wourn out red fields” of North Carolina and come to Illinois, were the land “is as rich and black as you wold want it.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 50 years ago, still plays the drums. He is semi-retired and still lives in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
    Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
    Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.

  • Local authors to sign books Saturday

    Vandalia natives Lenora Henson and Shane Bowen will be at Words, Wicks & Wood on Gallatin Street from 10 a.m.-noon this Saturday. They will be there to meet the public and to sign their books, “The Wicked Garden” and “Cops & Robbers,” respectively.

  • National Road Festival is this weekend

    A festival this weekend in downtown Vandalia will offer a number of activities, as well as a chance for local residents to honor their fathers.
    The National Road Festival gets under way on Friday evening and runs throughout the day on Saturday.
    The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a supper served by the Vandals Sports Boosters. The Sports Boosters will offer a pork barbecue meal and a hot dog meal for children, with the cost being $6 for adults and $4 for children.