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    Thursday, June 20

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    ✔ American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 of Vandalia will meet at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home. All members are encouraged to attend. Officers for 2013-14 will be elected.
    Saturday, June 22

  • Women take a medical mission trip

    “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for the people.”
    Colossians 3:23

    “The goal is to teach the Honduran people about standards and procedures for safe healthcare."
    Leanne Bales
    “They are a very proud and hard-working people. Laziness and expecting something for nothing is not a part of the Honduran culture."
    Teresa Walker

  • Chris Smith first to announce run for sheriff

    A Vandalia man interested in being Fayette County’s next sheriff is the first to declare his candidacy for the 2014 primary election.

  • Fourth Street work nearly done; city using leftover grant funds

    The two-block streetscape improvement project in downtown Vandalia is nearing completion, and the city has discovered that the project will cost less than expected.
    On Monday, it decided to use any leftover funds for other improvements downtown in the future.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council that the streetscape work in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street is coming in under budget.

  • Lake restaurant issue going to court

    The city of Vandalia decided on Monday to have a judge decide whether a couple can legally operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    Now, the city council will meet in special session to make sure that decision is legal.
    After the council met in closed session for more than 30 minutes to discuss several issues, Mayor Rick Gottman had Don Sheafor of the city’s legal counsel report the council’s decision regarding the controversy over Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry’s plan for a restaurant on the city lake.

  • Sr. Legion goes 2-2 in past week's games

    VANDALIA – Battling one of the better Sr. Legion teams in the region, Post 95 coach Mark Lewis knew that his team would need to limit its mistakes and take advantage of every opportunity it had.

    For the first two innings on Tuesday, that went pretty well, but over the last seven, it was Shelby County that took over the game.

    Vandalia slugged a pair of home runs early in the game, but its pitchers allowed 17 batters to reach base via a walk or hit by pitch to help Shelby County to a 19-6 nine-inning victory at Vandalia Mutual Field.

  • Three local teams play in shootout

    VANDALIA – Local teams provided plenty of excitement on the first day of the second Vandal shootout, as both St. Elmo and Patoka battled Vandalia to close results.

    The Vandals needed overtime to beat Patoka, 45-43, in an afternoon game at Vandalia Junior High last Thursday, with rising senior Carson Smith knocking down a jumper on the first possession of the extra period.

  • Lots of runs scored in recent Jr. Legion games

    VANDALIA – Plenty of runs were scored in Jr. Legion contests involving Vandalia in the past week, with 71 runners crossing the plate in three games since last Wednesday.

    Only 29 of those runs were produced by Post 95, which went 1-2 over that stretch to move its record to 5-7 (0-2 District).

    In a doubleheader against Altamont last Thursday, Vandalia split the contests, losing, 10-0, in game one before winning, 17-6, in game two.

  • Lady Vandals, alumni split doubleheader

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals battled the alumni for the third time of the summer on Tuesday, and by splitting a doubleheader, each side now has a 3-3 record.

    Megan Godoyo struck out 11 and the Lady Vandals scored in three different innings to take a 4-1 victory in the first game.

    Kylie Sellers scored in both the first and third innings, while Brandy Protz also crossed the plate in the third and Gracie Morrison scored in the fourth.

  • Lady Vandals go 2-1 at shootout

    VANDALIA – Though they were just exhibition games, incoming freshman Emma Meyer’s play suggested that something more was at stake at Tuesday’s Lady Vandal Shootout.

    And that competitiveness is only going to make the Lady Vandals better once basketball season starts.

    Meyer scored 35 points to lead Vandalia in scoring in a three-game shootout on Tuesday afternoon, leading the Lady Vandals to a 2-1 mark in the event.