Today's News

  • South Central freshman makes state in 200

    One small-school athlete from the area has qualified for the Illinois High School Association Class A state track meet.

    Chase Riley, a freshman at South Central High School who runs for the Patoka/South Central co-op track team, placed second in the 200-meter dash at the Lawrenceville Sectional to qualify for state.

    His time of 24.05 seconds allows him to be the only freshman qualifier in the 200.

    Preliminaries in the 200-meter dash will be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Thursday at about 2:15 p.m.

  • City, council support FS project

    After no one showed up to ask questions about or voice opinions on the plans of South Central FS to build a new facility, the Vandalia City Council unanimously approved a letter of support for that project.
    Also on Monday, the Fayette County Board gave unanimous support for the project.
    As South Central FS officials unveiled its plans for a new facility at the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange last Monday, the council agreed to hold a public hearing prior to the city council meeting on Monday.

  • Hicks reinstated; Krueger named dean of students

    The Vandalia Board of Education filled a variety of positions for the coming school year at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

  • PHOTO: Anspach signs with McKendree

    Vandalia senior Brittany Anspach last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to join the bowling team at McKendree University.

  • 5 killed in I-70 wreck

    The investigation into a Monday morning accident on Interstate 70 that caused the deaths of five Pennsylvania men could take months to complete, according to the Illinois State Police.

  • Legion seasons begin Tuesday

    Vandalia’s Legion baseball teams will both open the summer season next Tuesday.

    The Jr. Legion and the Sr. Legion teams will be in action throughout July, with the Jr. Legion team hosting eight games, and the Sr. Legion team hosting 10 games at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    The teams are made up of players from several schools in the area.

    Schedules for each team follow, with all games not in a tournament being a doubleheader unless otherwise noted.

  • KC to hold several camps at main campus

    Kaskaskia College will soon be holding several sports camps at the main campus in Centralia.


    The Kaskaskia College baseball program will hold a pair of youth baseball camps in June.   

    A hitting camp will be held June 10- 11 from 9-11 a.m., and a pitching camp will be held June 12- 13 from 9-11 a.m.    

    Both camps will be held for students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

    The registration cost for each camp is $30, and each camper will receive a T-shirt.  

  • Sports camps to be held in Vandalia

    Jr. Vandal basketball camp is June 3-7

    The Jr. Vandal boys basketball camp will be June 3-7.

    Boys will be divided into groups of grades K-3 and 4-7.

    Registration cost for K-3 is $25, and that camp will run from 8:30-9:45 a.m. each day.

    Registration cost for 4-7 is $35, and that camp will run from 10-11:45 a.m. each day.

    The camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and man-to-man defense. Individual offensive moves and team play will also be instructed.

  • Youth fishing tournament is June 8

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing  and Conservation Club will host a free youth fishing tournament on June 8  at the Lions Club Pavilion.

    Youth ages 5-15 may enter the tournament, and will be fishing for bluegill and crappie from 10 a.m.-noon.

    Any type of bait can be used, and all participants will fish off of the bank.

    Prizes will be awarded in each class, with the youth divided into ages 5-10, and ages 11-15.

    For more information, contact John Blythe at 283-2475.

  • Two fishing tournaments held

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held its season-opening Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, April 27.

    Then, the Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 11.