Today's News

  • Isaak, Hill take part at IHSA state meet

    CHARLESTON – Two small-school athletes from the area last Thursday participated in the state track preliminaries.

    Patoka freshman Taylor Isaak took fifth in her heat of the 300-meter hurdles in her first state appearance, and St. Elmo junior Molly Hill came a couple of feet from throwing the discus 100 feet in her third state appearance.

    Isaak found herself racing against some of the best 300-meter hurdlers in the state, with three of the top-five finishers in heat two, and her time of 48.95 seconds was the 17th best in the state.

  • Bond is $3 million in murder for hire case

    Bond has been set at $3 million for a Farina man accused of trying to having his wife killed.
    Judge James Roberts set bond for Mark G. Fulk during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday afternoon.
    Also on Wednesday, Fulk, through his attorney Lou Viverito, pleaded not guilty to the charge of solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.

  • 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.