Today's News

  • Last Blast of Winter

    The biggest snowfall of the year, up to 12 inches in some areas of Fayette County, created both fun and work.

    First photo-between sledding trips on Monday, Becky Lambert enjoyed snowball fights with sons Ryan and Riley. Second photo-Darin Brown shoveled a driveway to help a neighbor. Third photo-Ted Miller of the city of Vandalia's public works department, pours another load of salt onto his truck before making the rounds on Sunday afternoon.

  • Mayoral forum is Thursday

     A little less than two weeks before the consolidated election, Vandalia’s mayoral candidates will present their platform at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum set for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday.
    The forum will feature only two candidates – incumbent Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman and challenger Brian Stout.
    Gottman is completing a third term in office, after having served as a city alderman.

  • Only eight attend electric aggregation meeting

    A public meeting to educate Vandalia and Fayette County residents about an April 9 referendum that promises to lower their electrical rates drew very little interest.

  • PHOTO: Lucken signs with MacMurray

    Vandalia senior Jeff Lucken last Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play football for MacMurray College.

  • Vandals beat county rival on opening day

    VANDALIA – After their first game was canceled due to rain, the Vandals showed last Friday that they were ready to start the season as soon as they took the field.

    “I’m not kidding – and this will sound silly – but that was the best round of infield and outfield we have ever taken before a game,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “It was flawless, and our guys were chattering and keeping each other pumped up.

  • Vandals Insider: Inexperience shows

    VANDALIA – Despite getting a win last Friday in the season-opener, the Vandals showed their inexperience in the 16-11 victory against Ramsey.

    With just a handful of players with significant playing time at the varsity level, Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt knew coming into the year that there would be come learning curves for his squad.

    “Some decisions, we will have to learn through,” Hohlt said. “The guys will make some bad decisions, but they will have to learn from them, instead of trying fix them immediately.

  • Mother Nature disrupting area's sports teams

    After rain and cold temperatures canceled 33 of the first 40 games for area teams, the snow storm that blasted the area is going to postpone games for at least the next several days.

    Nearly a foot of snow blanketed Fayette County on Sunday, leaving area baseball, softball and track teams again practicing in unnatural surroundings.

    Many games were played last Friday and Saturday before the storm, but through last Thursday, just seven games had been played, including none for South Central, Patoka or Brownstown.

  • Lady Vandals drop home-opener, 6-0

    VANDALIA – Senior Paige Ehrat continued her torrid start at the plate, but the Lady Vandals were overmatched by an out-of-state opponent in last Friday’s home-opener.

    Ehrat was 2-for-3 with two doubles, but Vandalia wasn’t able to get a run across in a 6-0 loss to Plymouth, Wisc., a team that made a stop here during its spring trip.

    Through three games, Ehrat is hitting .625 with three extra-base hits for the Lady Vandals (0-3).

  • PHOTO: Top Times Runner

    Vandalia sophomore Ben Strobel finished 11th in the 1,600-meter run at Saturday's Class 1A Illinois Prep Top Times meet in Bloomington.

    Held in the Shirk Fieldhouse on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, Strobel finished the race in 4:47.67 to place four positions higher than he was seeded.

    The Top Times meet is known as the unofficial indoor state championship meet.

  • Area Prep Roundup (March 28)

    Mulberry Grove senior Becca Oldham fired her second no-hitter of the season on Saturday against St. Anthony.

    Oldham struck out nine Lady Bulldogs, and her only blemish in the 15-0 victory was a walk issued in the second inning. She tossed a perfect game against Sandoval in the season-opener.

    Offensively, the Lady Aces scored in just two innings, bringing home six runs in the third and nine in the fifth.

    Kate Jolliff homered, and freshman Lauren Robison reached base four times and scored three runs for Mulberry Grove (2-0).