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Today's News

  • Expert Service passes first milestone

    A year ago, two boyhood friends from Altamont took a chance and launched an auto repair business in Vandalia.

  • Senior Spotlight: Austin Schwarm

    SALEM – Hustle and have fun.

    It’s the only way Austin Schwarm knows to play the game he has loved since he was a kid, and that dedication has paid its dividends.

    After a standout baseball career with South Central High School ended in a sectional championship game in May, Schwarm is enjoying a solid summer with the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad and will soon be departing for McKendree University, where he will continue his baseball career for the next four springs.

  • 4-H'ers on display this week
  • Bowen Ks 13 in shutout of T-Town

    VANDALIA – Collin Nestleroad and Carson Smith provided the big hits.

    Jake Bowen pretty much provided the rest.

    Bowen struck out 13 Teutopolis batters on Sunday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader, and Nestleroad had a two-run single and Smith a three-run double as Vandalia blanked T-Town, 5-0, in Jr. Legion action.

    “He was in the zone,” said coach Jacob Riedle of Bowen’s outing. “The first two batters of the game struck out, and he didn’t let up from there.

  • Post 95 splits DH with Newton

    VANDALIA – After blowing a lead in the sixth inning of game one against Newton on Saturday, Vandalia scored early and often in game two to salvage a split in a Jr. Legion doubleheader.

    Post 95 led 4-2 going to the bottom of the sixth inning in game one, but Newton, which was the home team since the game was supposed to be played at Newton, scored four times to take a 6-4 lead.

    Vandalia left runners on second and third bases in the top of the seventh inning.

  • Banal dominant in alumni game

    VANDALIA – Peyton Banal achieved a rare feat during the Vandalia softball alumni round-robin on Tuesday.

    Banal, playing for the alumni team sponsored by Dr. Kevin Childers, struck out four batters in the first inning of  a 19-1 win against the high school team and had 12 strikeouts in the four-inning contest.

    Her team would go on to beat the alumni team sponsored by Liberty Trading, 8-4, in the final game of the night to win the round-robin. Liberty Trading lost to the Lady Vandals, 8-6.

  • Post 95 falls at Salem; set for Districts

    SALEM – Errors proved costly for Vandalia last Friday, as four in one inning gave Salem all of the runs it needed in what became a 7-3 victory in Sr. Legion action.

    Salem scored four runs off of the Post 95 miscues in the third inning by adding four hits to the mistakes. Two of the runs scored directly because of an error.

    Otherwise, it was a closely-contested battle, as Salem would score just three other runs in the game, though the final two that scored were deflating for Vandalia.

  • PHOTOS: Patoka Lumberjacks split with Effingham

    The Patoka Lumberjacks, a Sr. Legion team based in Patoka and Odin, and representing Post 543, split a doubleheader against Effingham on Saturday.

    In game one, Patoka won, 2-0, but in game two, the Lumberjacks were defeated, 7-3.

    On Monday, the Lumberjacks (7-13) were swept in a doubleheader at Teutopolis, falling by scores of 5-4 and 13-7.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results (July 5)

    The Summer Nationals were held at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown last Friday night, and a pair of track records were set.

    In the first qualifying group in the late model class, Tyler Reddick set a record with a time of 12.349 seconds. He would place third in the A-main race after winning qualifying heat No. 1.

    Drivers in the late models are driving on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour, and the champion in the 40-lap feature race was Ryan Urzicker of El Paso, Ill,. who is third in the series point standings.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (July 11)

    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.