Today's News

  • Highside RC in Brownstown has improved over past year

    BROWNSTOWN – Highside RC has improved in many ways since the doors to the indoor remote-controlled racing dirt track opened about a year ago.

    Most notably, the track has become nationally sanctioned, allowing it to host national points events such as the “last-minute” race Highside will be running on Oct. 26.

    That day, Highside will be hosting one of the final races that can be counted toward the national DODC standings.

  • Leigh, Short and Lofland win in 1st week of Slideways series

    Slideways RC began racing in its inaugural eight-week points series on Saturday, drawing 46 cars to the event.

    In the Kidz Modz, Zach Leigh took the win, lapping the entire field in the A-main race, but just .132 seconds separated the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers.

    Jarrett Pasley earned two bonus points in the standings with the Hard Charger bonus by passing the most cars.

    In the adult modifieds, Justin Short drove the Bud1 car to victory by just .06 seconds over Jerod Ramsey, who was the Hard Charger winner for the class.

  • The Freight is third at state tourney

    The Freight once again came out of retirement and posted a strong finish at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association state wooden bat tournament by finishing third for the second straight year.

    The two-time fast-pitch national champions based in Vandalia went 2-2 in the event from Aug. 2-4.

    In game one, Bryan Hobbie had a home run and Alan Meinhart struck out five and allowed four hits in a complete game in a 2-1 win against the Pinckneyville Falcons.

  • PHOTOS: VYO football opener

    The VYO footbll quads went 3-1 in the season-opener against Southwestern on Saturday.

    The Jr. Vandals are back in action this Saturday against Carlinville.

  • Blythe wins at Carbondale

    Hannah Blythe, who will be a sophomore on Vandalia's tennis team, won the Saluki Junior/Adult Open on Saturday in Carbondale.

    She defeated Katie Ranie, 6-4, 6-3, and Carlie Kopkins, 6-1, 6-3, to win the Girls 16 Championship.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Aug. 15)

    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.

  • MG shooting team has openings

    The Mulberry Grove shooting team has openings for youth shooters, coaches and board members.

    Several youth shooter positions are open on the team, and students from surrounding areas such as Vandalia, Greenville and Hillsboro may join the team.

    There are also coaching openings and two board positions up for re-election.

    The board election will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Mulberry Grove community building, and the coach will be selected by the board prior to October.

  • Church Briefs

    Homecoming Choir to perform Sunday

    The Homecoming Gospel Choir will present a concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.
    The choir, which features singers and musicians from Southern Illinois, presents a program of Southern gospel music in the style of the Gaithers. Steve Ladd and Cheryl Harre will headline the concert.
    For information, call 326-7451.

    Nimrod Ministry to hold car wash here

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Wow, did we start off slowly on Monday. No music, no pastor, no leader! Now, this must be where the technique of flying by the seat of your pants was invented! Just like we don’t melt when we get rained on, we just kept going! And that is what we did!
    We did manage to sing "Happy Birthday" to Pam Burton, Judy Flowers, Burton Graff and Flo Lange.

  • Faith allows us to live with hope now and forever

    During the more than 50 years I served as a pastor, I met some of the greatest folks in the world. That might be a cliché, but I don’t know any other way to describe them. Pastors, laymen of the church and godly women who loved the Lord and wanted to serve him.