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Today's News

  • Wrestlers third at Abe's Rumble

    Vandalia’s wrestlers came back from a premier mid-season tournament with 55 teams over the weekend with eight wins and a new record-holder for career wins.
    The Vandals recorded eight wins at Abe’s Rumble in Springfield, and the only loss for Vandalia, which is ranked No. 7 in Class 1A by Illinois Matmen, came to a team ranked No. 4 in Class 2A.
    On Friday, Tanner Swain became the VCHS wrestler with the most career wins, with his 156th win lifting past Jo-E Smith and Chaston Womack.

  • Calendar

    Friday, January 4

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, January 5

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Winter Story Saturday at 1 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

    Monday, January 7

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Alvin W. Jones, 52, 954 N. 870 St., Shobonier, was arrested on Dec. 31 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Scott L. Buckley, 29, Dieterich, was arrested on Dec. 30 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $6,500.
    • Christopher G. Sposato, 24, Chico, Calif., was arrested on Dec. 30 on a charge of possession of 10-30 grams of cannabis. Bond was $1,500.
    • Heather Brummet, 49, 3254 Hwy 51, Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 30 for failure to appear in court.

  • More than 250 new state laws

    More than 250 new laws in Illinois became effective on Jan. 1.
    A partial list of the new laws, as listed by the Illinois House Republicans Caucus Blog follow:
    Designating Dec. 3 “Illinois Statehood Day” (Public Act 100-898, House Bill 489)

  • Chamber seeks nominations for 2019 Abe Award

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is seeking the public’s assistance with its annual program to recognize individuals for their community service.
    The chamber is accepting through this Friday nominations for its Abe Award.
    Nominees should not be considered for work of which they are compensated.
    Nominations should be turned into the chamber office on the second floor of First National Bank’s location at Fifth and Gallatin streets by noon on Friday. Nominations turned in after that time will not be considered.

  • Keeping a family tradition concept

    A local family’s involvement in a Vandalia car and truck dealership for close to six decades has ended with the sale of the dealership to another family operation.

  • South Central girls lose to North Clay

    South Central was outscored 20-8 in the first quarter and lost to North Clay 67-34 last Thursday.
    Laney Webster led the Lady Cougars with 11 points.
    South Central – Hilmes 6; Webster 11; Blomberg 2; Kollmon 3; Swift 7; Garrett 5.
    The Lady Cougars fell to 3-8 on the season.
     

  • Wilhour scores 20 in Brownstown/St. Elmo win

    Claire Wilhour scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter as Brownstown/St. Elmo rolled over Nokomis last Thursday.
    Wilhour scored 11 of her team’s 15 points in the first quarter to give the Lady Bombers a 15-9 lead.
    Brownstown/St. Elmo led 27-16 at halftime and 43-25 after three quarters in coasting to the win.
    Olivia Campbell connected on three three-pointers to contribute 10 points to the Lady Bombers’ total.

  • Eagles defeat Cisne, lose to Nokomis

    Jacob Baron and Bryton Pruett combined for 28 points as St. Elmo/Brownstown defeated Cisne, 59-44, on Saturday.
    The Eagles led 16-10 after one quarter, but Cisne knotted the game at 26 by halftime.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown then outscored Cisne by three in the third quarter and sealed the win with an 18-6 advantage in the final quarter.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown – Baron 6 5-6 17; Pruett 3 2-2 11; Tish 3 0-0 9; McWhorter 3 1-2 8; Philpot 3 0-0 7; Goldsborough 1 0-0 3; Brooks 1 0-0 2; Himes 1 0-0 2; Klein 0 0-0 0.

  • Vandals fall to W-L at A&M Shootout

    Vandalia built up a six-point lead entering the fourth quarter of Saturday’s contest against Warrensburg-Latham, but a late push by the Cardinals gave them a 79-75 win.