Today's News

  • FNB Hometown Support Program Recipients
  • Facelift at Arthur Young Inc.

    “After 53 years, I thought we were due for a facelift,” said Dennis Young, general manager of Arthur Young Inc. in Vandalia

  • Jr. Legion squad second at Jerseyville

    The Vandalia Jr. Legion team had a strong showing this past weekend, placing second at the Jerseyville Tournament.

    Post 95 went 2-1 in the event, losing 7-6 to Quincy but defeating Roxana, 4-3, on Saturday, and then defeating Jerseyville, 4-2, on Sunday.

    “We didn’t play our best baseball of the summer, but still had a strong showing,” said coach Jake Riedle. “I feel the team is now starting to feel how good they could be this summer, and (the guys) are starting to play with a lot more intensity.”

  • Goldsmith pitches Post 95 to victory

    VANDALIA – Dalton Goldsmtih threw a complete-game shutout, four players combined to steal six bases and Post 95 cruised to a win against Salem for its first win in District play.

    Goldsmith retired 11 batters in a row at one point during the 4-0 win for Vandalia in picking up his first victory of the season, striking out just batter, but inducing nine fly ball outs – including seven to center field.

    “I said today that he needed to attack hitters all game,” said coach Mark Lewis. “He did exactly what I wanted him to do.”

  • Post 95 forces extras, but falls to Teutopolis in 11

    VANDALIA – A third comeback wasn’t in the cards for Post 95 last Thursday, but the competitive spirit they showed in losing in 11 innings is something that could benefit the team later on.

    Trailing 5-1 early, Vandalia tied the game in the sixth inning, and then manufactured a run in the 10th inning to tie the game at 6-6 before Teutopolis scored twice in the top of the 11th to secure the 8-6 win in Sr. Legion action.

  • Schwarm's blast propels Post 95 to win vs. Granite City

    VANDALIA – Austin Schwarm made his point in the grandest fashion last Wednesday.

    A day after Vandalia Sr. Legion coach Mark Lewis told his team that he didn’t expect anyone to hit a home run during the summer, Schwarm connected for a grand slam to help lead Post 95 to an 8-5 win against Granite City.

    Blasting the third pitch of his at-bat beyond the 335-foot marker in left-centerfield, Schwarm cleared the bases with two outs to give Vandalia what was then a 7-0 lead and force Lewis to reconsider the previous day’s thought.

  • Ehrat to continue tennis career at Millikin University

    A 2013 Vandalia High School graduate will be continuing her athletic career as an NCAA Division III tennis player at Millikin University.

    Paige Ehrat will join the Big Blue tennis team after two strong years of play with the Lady Vandals varsity squad.

    “I am excited at the opportunity to coach Paige,” said Millikin tennis coach Dustin Forman. “While recruiting Paige, many things impressed me, including her passion for tennis, the desire to work hard and improve, and her enthusiasm for Millikin.

  • Lady Vandals sweep DH against alumni

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals got their first win of the summer on Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader against the alumni.

    Rising senior Megan Godoyo tossed a shutout in an 8-0 win in game one, and Kelsey Swain scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure a 6-5 win in game two.

    A team of different alumni players had swept the Lady Vandals in a doubleheader one week prior.

  • First summer shootout in the books

    VANDALIA – Final results of the first Vandal summer shootout were not available by press time, but results for a handful of games featuring local teams follow.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the Vandals lost in the first round of the tournament to Putnam County, 18-13.

    In a game that was close throughout the first half, Putnam County used a 6-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish just before the halfway mark.

    Five Vandals scored in the game, with rising junior Luke Hollinshead leading the team with four points.

  • Pension reform must be faced

    It’s time. In fact, it’s well past time.
    Illinois legislators must deal with the state’s pension crisis.
    They had an opportunity during the recent legislative session, but left Springfield without any meaningful progress.