Today's News

  • County nixes liquor license

    The Fayette County Board last Thursday rejected a couple’s request for a liquor license for a steak house they plan to operate on Vandalia Lake.
    But later, in explaining why they voted against the request, some board members said they might vote differently if the request comes before them again.
    After several people expressed how that business would affect them, the board voted 10-4 to not approve a request from Steve and Latisha Mabry for Class A license.

  • Earnest earns first-team All-American status; Vanderbilt is second at NCAAs

    Vandalia graduate Jessica Earnest was named a first-team All-American in women’s bowling for the first time in her career and helped Vanderbilt University to a second-place finish in the NCAA Championships.

    The Vanderbilt senior had previously been selected as a second-team All-American three times by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association.

    Earnest received her honors at the Champions Banquet last Wednesday in Canton, Mich., where on Saturday, Vanderbilt would lose to Nebraska, 4.5-2.5, in the NCAA championship finals.

  • Charter member of VHCS HOF dies at 82

    A former all-state athlete and a charter member of the Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame has died.

    William “Beeb” Staff, 82, died last Friday at his home in Carbondale.

    Staff – along with his brothers Jim and Floyd, and three other individuals and two teams – was inducted to the VCHS Hall of Fame in 1994, being remembered as one of the finest basketball players to play for the Vandals.

  • Vandals win big at home track meet

    VANDALIA – The Vandals picked up 12 first-place finishers to win a small track meet at home.

    Competing against St. Elmo and Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Thursday, Vandalia had little trouble winning the meet, scoring 97 points to St. Elmo’s 34 and CORL’s 16.

    Senior Wade Cowger had individual first-place finishes in the 800-meter run and high jump, and was also part of the winning 4X200-meter and 4X400-meter relay teams.

  • Vandals fall to South Central in county clash

    VANDALIA – It was only the first inning, but it was a significant turning point in the game.

    After South Central scored five runs in the top of the first inning, Vandalia responded by loading the bases with the first three batters in the bottom of the frame.

    Senior Kyle Bray recovered, however, striking out the next three hitters to end the inning and help propel the Cougars to an 11-3 victory.

  • Vandals fall in tight conference game

    VANDALIA – The Vandals scored two quick runs in the first inning last Friday, but Staunton slowly worked its way back into the game, scoring two unearned runs in the sixth to take a 4-2 victory.

    Staunton’s first two batters reached base in the top of the sixth on a walk and a hit by pitch, and the Bulldogs followed by reaching on a pair of errors that each brought in one run in the South Central Conference matchup.

    The Vandals did not threaten after Staunton took the lead.

  • Cougars finish 1-1 at Wooden Bat Classic

    KINMUNDY – The Cougars finished 1-1 at their own Wooden Bat Invitational on Saturday, defeating Casey-Westfield in game one and losing to North Clay in game two.


    KINMUNDY – South Central used a consistent offensive effort to back a complete game for Shawn Meyer to defeat Casey-Westfield in the opening game of the South Central Wooden Bat Invitational.

    Those wood bats didn’t slow down the Cougars, who pounded out 11 hits in the 8-2 victory.

  • Enlow is Jr. All-American

    Vandalia resident Anthony Enlow earned All-American Copper status after going 6-3 for Illinois Team United at the national AAU Elementary Duals in Kingsport, Tenn. Illinois Team United placed fifth, going 7-2.

  • Lady Rams win own invitational on tie-breaker criteria

    The Lady Rams went 2-1 to win their own invitational on Saturday.

    Ramsey opened with a 5-2 win against Arthur-Lovington, and that proved to be the difference-maker, as the teams each finished the event at 2-1 and the game was used as the tie-breaker.

    Senior Shaunna Rainey had two triples in the game and drove home two runs, and freshman Megan Kimberlin hit her first home run in the fourth inning.

    Taylor Knisley, a senior, pitched seven strong innings to earn the win.

  • Lady Eagles beat Ramsey in EIC action

    ST. ELMO – Prior to a delay for lightning seen in the distance, it looked like Ramsey was going to get into the win column in Egyptian-Illini Conference play.

    But something about that 30-minute delay last Wednesday must have motivated St. Elmo’s players, because the Lady Eagles scored 10 times in the final four innings to earn the 12-6 victory.

    St. Elmo had plenty of base runners prior to the delay, but had managed just two runs, and the game’s feel suggested that Ramsey was in line to break its losing streak.