Today's News

  • Vandalia beats Altamont in defensive struggle to stay in title hunt at VHT

    VANDALIA – In a defensive showcase that featured plenty of lackluster offense from both teams, the Vandals came away with a much-needed 37-34 win against Altamont.

    But to do so, they had to overcome a lot of offensive shortcomings.

    Vandalia committed 25 turnovers in the game, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and shot 39 percent from the field, but when it mattered most it was able to stop Altamont from scoring on its final three possessions.

  • Vandals go 1-1 on first day of VHT

    Vandalia opened its own tournament with a 1-1 mark last Wednesday.

    Five players scored in double figures during a 70-65 win against St. Anthony that morning in each team's first game of the event.

    Senior Leyton Godoyo led the Vandals with 16 points, while senior Tim Ritchey and Chase Woolsey each had 13, and seniors Aaron Harter and Michael Wells each had 10.

    Jacob Schuette had a game-high 22 for the Bulldogs, and they also got 21 points from John Goeckner.

  • Lady Vandals take sixth at Mattoon

    Prior to beginning play in the Mattoon Tournament last Thursday, the Lady Vandals received a bit of bad news.

    Junior guard Brandy Protz will have to sit out the rest of the season with a stage 4 fracture in her pelvic bone, which she suffered after taking a hard fall on her hip at Neoga on Dec. 8.

    She played two more games before realizing the severity of her injury.

    And once Vandalia got to the tournament, the results weren't much better.

  • Vandal wrestlers go 6-3 at NYC

    The Vandalia wrestling team placed second in its pool at the St. Thomas More New Year’s Challenge this past weekend, but that didn’t translate into a finish in the championship bracket.

    The Vandals went 3-1 on the first day to place second it Pool 5, the loss coming to fifth-place finisher Coal City, and then were beaten by Monmouth-Roseville in the first round of the championship bracket, 42-38.

    Vandalia then defeated Morrison, 42-33, in the first round of the consolation bracket, but lost to St. Joe-Ogden, 42-31.

  • Eagles get OT win to place fifth at VHT

    VANDALIA – Fifth-seeded St. Elmo wasn’t playing for the championship of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    But fans never would have guessed that by watching the game.

    Eagles coach Greg Feezel got a championship effort from all of his players in a 58-55 overtime win against No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth in the fifth-place game of the event, helping St. Elmo match its seed for the second straight season.

    “We just played like we wanted to,” Feezel said. “It was a rough, physical ballgame, but our kids handled that really well.

  • County courthouse has unique history

     We in Fayette County are very proud of that fact that of the state’s 102 counties, Fayette County is the only Illinois county whose courthouse was once a private residence.

  • Cougars upset Comets in pool play, finish eighth at VHT

    VANDALIA – An upset of Greenville was the highlight of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament for the Cougars, and it helped the No. 10 seed get into the seventh-place game.

    South Central would ultimately lose that game to Shelbyville, 30-27, but it was the 43-37 comeback win against the Comets last Friday that allowed them to get out of the ninth-place game for the first time since 2008.

  • Vandalia enjoys time in spotlight

    Though Vandalia has had a number of local residents who have had their individual moments in the spotlight, it’s not common that the city itself has taken center stage.
     It happened 50 years ago, when writer-turned-sociologist Joseph Lyford came to town. After interviewing dozens of locals and observing the way things get done here, he wrote a book – “The Talk In Vandalia” – that described the community as it was in 1962.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A number of volunteers and a crew from the Vandalia Correctional Center Work Camp strung holiday lights along the tops of businesses in the downtown Vandalia business district.
    Fayette County Habitat for Humanity set a dedication ceremony for its first house, which was located at 1417 W. Madison St. in Vandalia.
    Sarah Roberts scored 14 points to lead the Vandalia Middle School eighth-grade girls to a 36-12 win over Litchfield that gave the squad a share of the Jr. Mid-State Conference title.

  • St. Elmo wins tie-breaker in Pool B

    VANDALIA – St. Elmo struggled at the start of pool play, losing the first three games before beating county rival South Central in the final game.

    Due to the Eagles, Cougars and Greenville each being 1-3 at the end of pool play, St. Elmo was rewarded with a spot in the fifth-place game by winning the tie-breaker, which was based on tournament free-throw shooting percentage.


    On the tournament’s first day last Wednesday, the fifth-seeded Eagles fell to the eventual champions, No. 4 Pana, 66-48.