Today's News

  • Niemerg leaving VCHS post for job in Sigel

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Vandalia Community High School Assistant Principal Nick Niemerg, effective June 30.
    Niemerg, 32, who taught high school science for five years and has been the assistant principal for the past two years, will become principal of St. Michael Grade School in Sigel. The school has about 120 students in grades K-8.

  • Eason stepping down from police chief post

    The man who has served as Vandalia’s police chief for the past six years is stepping down from that position.

  • The Abes are returning

    Ten years ago, a city resident who has long been known as “Abe” successfully campaigned for bringing the Association of Lincoln Presenters to Vandalia for the group’s annual convention.

  • 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.