Today's News

  • City, laborers OK 3-year agreement

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new contract with city employees who are members of a laborers’ union.
    That three-year contract with the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local 1197 is retroactive to May 1 of last year.
    While the contract provides for salaries to be frozen last year, it gives city employees who are members of the union a 3-percent pay hike in each of the final two years.

  • Tournament notes: Eagles win another big game

    ST. ELMO – With a victory in the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the Eagles notched another big win for their program.

    And that’s been happening quite a bit over the past three seasons.

    Coming into this season after winning back-to-back regional championships, the Eagles were thought to be in somewhat of a rebuilding year.

    But with seniors Connor Beasley and Garrett Bartels, and junior Levi Maxey leading the way, St. Elmo hasn’t missed a step.

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  • Vandals' comeback falls short at Carlyle

    CARLYLE – In the fourth quarter, it started to feel like it was February.

    The Vandals began cutting down a double-digit deficit in the final eight minutes at Carlyle, but unlike in last February’s regional tournament when they came back from 17 points down to beat the Indians in overtime, Tuesday’s bid would fall short.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Heidi M. Bridge, 20, RR 2, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Dec. 17 on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.
    • Brian G. Mey, 37, Herrick, was arrested on Dec. 17 on a felony warrant. Bond was $125 cash.
    • Timothy A. Bradley, 29, Effingham, was arrested on Dec. 16 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $1,000

  • Lady Vandals beat Altamont, but lose to two others

    The Lady Vandals did not get off to a good start against Altamont on Saturday.

    But coach Michelle McNary called a timeout after watching her team commit three turnovers and score just two points in the first two minutes, pleading with them to play with more intensity.

    It didn’t happen right away, but the Lady Vandals certainly responded.

    Vandalia would force Altamont into 20 first-half turnovers, made 16 first-half free throws and had a good afternoon from the field in a 64-43 nonconference win.

  • Sixth-seeded Cougars take third at St. Elmo Tourney

    ST. ELMO – South Central didn’t play its best basketball against Beecher City in the third-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    But coach Rick Simmons was still pleased with his team after it won third place with a 41-35 win against Beecher City on Saturday.

    “We still have to get our offense better,” Simmons said. “We aren’t very crisp on offense, but we did a decent job on defense, even though we don’t play zone very often.”

  • Bombers slowed down by Cowden-Herrick

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown’s offense was slowed down for the first time all season in the fifth-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    The Bombers had scored at least 59 points in each of the first nine games, but Cowden-Herrick forced them into some foul trouble and then their shots stopped dropping in Saturday’s 59-38 loss.

  • Rams beat MG in OT for seventh

    ST. ELMO – Ramsey junior Tylor Knisley did not want to finish last in this season’s St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in the fourth period and overtime, Knisley led the Rams to a 42-36 win against Mulberry Grove in Saturday’s seventh-place game.

    He finished the contest with game-highs for points (15) and rebounds (11), while adding a steal and two blocked shots. Ramsey senior Colton Hunt tied his season-high with 11 points.

  • Vandal wrestlers fall by a point to Civic Memorial

    The Vandalia wrestling team came up just short against Civic Memorial last Wednesday in the final tuneup before the St. Thomas More New Year’s Challenge.

    Vandalia recorded two pins and had four forfeit victories, but Civic Memorial took all of the remaining matches to win, 37-36.

    Senior Zach Jackson pinned his opponent in 1:51 at 160 pounds, and sophomore Jake Stewart picked up his team-leading eighth win by pinning his opponent in 3:50 at 170 pounds.

    Jackson is tied with sophomore Dalton Blankenship for the team lead with five pins.