Today's News

  • Man charged with firing at others

    A Keyesport man faces felony charges for both possession and shooting a firearm.

  • ISP ordered to turn over documents

    A judge ruled last week that the Illinois State Police must turn over records and documents related to its relationship with a witness in the case of a Farina man who is charged with trying to arrange for the murder of his wife.
    That judge will then review items that are presented by the state police, then provide a written decision on whether those items may be released to the attorney for Mark G. Fulk.

  • Post 95 wins East Division with nine-inning victory

    ALTAMONT – Derek Childress gritted through nine innings on the mound with a sore elbow, Vandalia played sound defense when it mattered most and Collin Nestleroad reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth to give Post 95 a walk-off win in East Division championship game of the Jr. Legion District Tournament.

    By beating Altamont 2-1 on Sunday, Post 95 automatically becomes one of the teams to represent District 23 in this weekend’s Division Tournament in West Frankfort.

  • Error gives Vandalia first-round win against T-Town

    EFFINGHAM – It was Colin Ledbetter’s weakest hit of the night, but a hard-charging Zach Schaal made sure that it didn’t matter.

    Ledbetter’s weak bases-loaded grounder in the bottom of the eighth inning last Friday ordinarily wouldn’t have given Vandalia the victory, but Schaal slid into home at the same time the ball arrived, flustering the catcher, who couldn’t come up with the catch to give Post 95 a 7-6 win in the semifinals of the Jr. Legion District Tournament.

  • Post 95 falls in District championship game; to play at Division

    CENTRALIA – If ever there was a time to learn from a championship game, Monday was the night to do it.

    None of the players on Vandalia’s Jr. Legion roster had ever played in a baseball game that meant as much as Monday night’s District 23 championship game did, and it showed with several mistakes in a 7-2 loss to Breese Gray.

    But because of Legion rules, three teams from District 23 advance to this weekend’s Division Tournament in West Frankfort, so Post 95 still has a chance to make up for Monday’s loss.

  • Lady Vandals win final alumni battle

    VANDALIA – Having only eight players for each team last Thursday didn’t stop the Lady Vandals and the softball alumni from contesting their final doubleheader of the summer.

    High school coach Brian Buscher played left field for the Lady Vandals, and Rich Well filled in defensively as needed for the alumni as the Lady Vandals secured 10-6 and 11-8 wins.

    Eight errors by the alumni in game one helped push the Lady Vandals to victory, as they collected just four hits – including two by Kadi Metzger and an RBI double by Taylor Well.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Pana

    The short-handed Lady Vandals borrowed some players from other area teams to get in their Tuesday games against the Pana Thunder, a select traveling team.

    Pana, however, showed its might, winning game one, 18-2.

    Holding Vandalia to just three hits in the game, Pana held the Lady Vandals scoreless into the bottom of the fourth.

    A reliever came in to pitch that inning, and the runs scored on two walks and a couple of wild pitches.

    Karlie Bright singled to open the game, but that would be the only hit until Leah Francis singled in the third.

  • PHOTO: Soccer Team Finishes Camp

    The Vandalia High School soccer team last Friday competed a week-long camp instructed by James McNicholas (back row, center) from Liverpool, England.

    Those present at the end of camp are pictured.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (July 25)

    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.

  • Fast-pitch softball tryouts in O'Fallon are on Aug. 3-4

    The Tomahawks fast-pitch softball organization will hold tryouts for its 10U-16U age groups on Aug. 3-4 at Field 6 in O'Fallon City Park.

    That is the high school's varsity field.

    Information about specific tryout times can be found online at http://www.eteamz.com/TomahawksHome, or by calling Wayne Bendall at 407-5061 or by emailing tomahawkscoachb@aol.com.