Today's News

  • McCarter sets days for interactive visits

    Beginning next Thursday, state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will begin using videoconferencing technology to help him stay in touch with constituents in the 54th Senate District.
    “The new virtual office hours are not a replacement for regular office hours at my Vandalia district office,” McCarter said.
    “Rather, they are an attempt to further increase communication with constituents across a geographically large district that time and distance might normally prohibit.”

  • Lincoln Birthday celebrated Saturday and Sunday

    Vandalia will celebrate the 204th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with several activities this weekend.

  • Sports, band boosters work on ways to help

    In the wake of wide-ranging program and staffing cuts made last week by the Vandalia Board of Education, the district’s booster clubs have emerged as major players in the community’s response to those cuts.
    “Our goal is to support the school sports programs,” said Steve Ledbetter, president of the Vandalia Sports Boosters. “We want to fill the void where we can.”

  • School cuts total more than $910,000

    In response to dwindling state funds and ongoing financial pressures, the Vandalia Board of Education last Wednesday approved wide-ranging cuts that will trim more than $910,000 from the district’s $14 million budget.
    The cuts will take effect in the 2013-14 school year, which begins July 1.
    Though the cutbacks will be felt throughout the district, the impact will be most pronounced in the personnel area (a reduction of about $400,000, or 44 percent of the total cuts) and in athletics (a reduction of nearly $127,000, or 14 percent of the total cuts).

  • In closest result in years, Vandalia has four individual champs in regional win

    MOUNT CARMEL – They believed they had lost.

    After watching Robinson’s Geoffrey Harrison pin his opponent in the third-place bout at 285 pounds, coach Jason Clay’s calculations said that the Vandals’ streak of 18 straight regional titles was over.

    Vandalia’s wrestlers paced for what seemed like an eternity waiting for the official results to be announced.

  • Lady Vandals lose heart-breaker to end year

    TOLEDO – Top-seeded Teutopolis had more size and talent in Tuesday’s regional semifinal game, but the Lady Vandals produced a championship effort in falling just a point short of winning.

    Vandalia led in the Class 2A regional game at Cumberland High School for most of the way, before committing too many turnovers after the Lady Shoes put on a press defense in the fourth quarter of a 44-43 loss.

  • Vandals drop games to tough opponents

    The Vandals will make a long trip on Friday as they look to snap their three-game losing streak.

    But once they get to their destination, they will be in for another tough battle.

    Vandalia returns to South Central Conference action at Southwestern that night, and though the Birds have just a 9-15 record, coach Brian Buscher said that they are a scrappy team which cannot be overlooked.

    Following that game, the Vandals return home for senior night next Tuesday against Roxana, the current leader in the conference standings.

  • Two local JH teams advance at state

    A pair of local junior high boys basketball teams have advanced in two different state tournaments.

    The Patoka Junior High team won in the first round of the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class S tournament, but lost to Pinckneyville, 60-54, on Monday night in semifinals.

    Jered Cain had 31 points in the game.

    Patoka closes the season at 22-5.

    In Saturday’s first round, the Jr. Mohawks defeated Breese All Saints Academy, 54-41.

  • Jr. Vandals' work ethic is key to future success

    DIVERNON – After a winning season that saw the team finish in the top 16 of Class 3A in the Illinois Elementary School Association, the Vandalia seventh-grade boys have a bright future.

    And it’s not necessarily because of wins and losses.

    After the team lost 44-37 to Southwestern in the last Wednesday’s sectional, coach Mark Rinehart had nothing but praise for the way his team handled that game and the entire the season.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders fall in title game

    GREENVILLE – The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 4:30 left in last Thursday’s regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four over the next 3:25, there wasn’t enough time to complete the comeback.

    A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter gave Vandalia a chance, but a balanced Roxana team took advantage of enough mistakes from the Jr. Vandals to pick up a 42-37 win at Greenville Junior High.