Today's News

  • Longwell-Elam

    Sarah Mae Longwell and Donald Wayne Elam, both of Effingham, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the daughter of Irma Clements and Leroy Longwell Sr. of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Donald F. Elam and Mary Ann Elam of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a private wedding on Aug. 17 of this year.

  • Marler-Sprague

    Shawna Renee Marler of Mulberry Grove and David Andrew Sprague of Shobonier have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Bible verses prompt five New Year's resolutions

    As a new civil year begins, many make life-changing resolutions to improve their situation, enhance their relationships or make this world a better place. The variety of resolutions is as broad as the many facets of our lives and as difficult or easy as the habits we have formed.

  • Senior Spotlight: Michael Wells

    VANDALIA – Michael Wells is not one to brag about his athletic accomplishments.

    But that didn’t stop everyone else from taking note of last Friday’s career game for Wells, when  he scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Maroa-Forsyth to lead the Vandals into the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament for the first time since 2005.

    Numerous phone and Facebook messages were left for Wells that night, but after the game, he was thinking of everybody but himself.

  • Pana beats Vandalia for VHT championship

    VANDALIA – Pana’s lead was cut down to single digits by the Vandals at one point during the second half of the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    Unfortunately, there was only 43 seconds left in the game at the time.

    The Panthers followed by making one shot from the field and all five free throws to win their first VHT since 2002 and sixth overall with a 56-44 win against the Vandals, who last won the event in 1981.

  • Vandalia beats Maroa-Forsyth to make title game

    VANDALIA – The last few minutes of last Friday’s game against Maroa-Forsyth were not exactly the finest few of Vandalia’s season.

    Luckily, when the Vandals had scoring chances at the free-throw line, players converted at a very high percentage.

    No. 3 Vandalia overcame 20 turnovers, got a career-high 27 points from senior Michael Wells and converted 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:39 to upset No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth, 62-57, to advance to the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

  • 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.