Today's News

  • A Grande Weekend

    The 43rd annual Grande Levée was held on Saturday on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds, with the Budabi Brothers juggling act (above) being among the more popular attractions.

    At right, Abraham Lincoln presenter Joe Woodard of Hazel Dell delivers a speech about his opposition to slavery in the House of Representatives chambers in the Statehouse. More photos from the Grande Levée, and from the Vandalia Tourism Commission's Harvest Festival, are in a photo gallery.

  • Football Notes: Vandals near playoff berth

    The last time Vandalia traveled to Southwestern, the Birds clipped the Vandals with a late score, ruining the team’s playoff hopes in 2010.

    This time around, the Vandals will be looking to assure themselves a spot in the postseason, but the Birds will again be looking to play spoiler.

    An unpredictable team so far this season, Southwestern is 3-3, and comes into the game with the momentum of back-to-back upset road wins against Pana and Staunton.

  • Second annual fuNFest is this Saturday

    The second annual fuNFest will be held from noon-6 p.m. this Saturday at Gatch Lake, with lots of food; many fun activities for the kids, including two bounce houses; many prizes; raffle gift baskets; silent auction; bake sale; cake walk; $1,000 cow patty bingo; silent auction; and gun raffles.

  • Lady Vandals win Volley for the Cure, then beat Hillsboro

    After two big wins in the past week, the Lady Vandals will have their toughest challenge to date this weekend at the Highland Tournament.

    On Friday night, Vandalia will play a pair of games, taking on O’Fallon at 6 p.m. and Carbondale at 7 p.m. Both games will be played in the west gym.

    On Saturday, the Lady Vandals have three games, playing Wesclin in east gym at 9 a.m., and Highland (11 a.m.) and Breese Central (noon) in the west gym.

  • Mayor fighting temporary closure of I-70 exit

    Major improvements to a section of Interstate 70 just outside Vandalia in the near future could hurt businesses near one of its exits while that work is being done
    Vandalia’s mayor told the city council on Monday that he is working to keep the impact on those businesses to a minimum.
    Rick Gottman told the council that he learned recently that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be replacing the two I-70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of the 63-mile exit at Vandalia.

  • Fire committee completes study

    The chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department announced on Monday that a committee formed to study fire protections in areas outside the community had formulated a recommendation.
    Ed Taylor, who served as chairman of that exploratory committee, presented its two-part recommendation at Monday evening’s city council meeting.
    The first part of the recommendation reads as follows:

  • Vandalia qualifies for sectional golf tournament

    The Vandals achieved another of their season goals on Tuesday by advancing the sectional tournament as a team.

    Led by regional champion Blake Swofford, who had five birdies, the Vandals shot a 346 to place third and advance to next Monday’s Carterville Sectional.

    Swofford shot a 71 (-1) and won the tournament on the third playoff hole against Marquette Catholic’s Brian Gibbon. Both shot par on the first two holes, but Swofford secured a birdie on No. 3 to secure the victory.

  • Soccer team honors seniors

    Vandalia’s soccer team celebrated its seniors on Tuesday, during halftime of a 6-1 loss to Lincolnwood.

    Colin Ledbetter scored his second goal of the season on the fourth assist of the year from Jussi Craycroft.

    Blake Torbeck had 10 saves in-goal, while Bailey Cearlock added three for Vandalia (0-15-1)

    After the game, coach Walt Kinney commented on each of his seniors.

  • South Central perfect in first NTC season

    South Central finished its first season as a member of the National Trail Conference undefeated after shutting out Windsor, 10-0, last Thursday.

    The victory gave the Cougars (14-4-1) a 9-0 conference record.

    Seniors Dan Diss and Shawn Meyer combined to fire a one-hitter, striking out 10 batters and walking just three.

    Dylan Smith and Kyle Bray paced the offense, with Smith going 2-for-2, with two RBI, and Bray going 1-for-3, with a double and two RBI.

  • Tennis team set for SCC Tourney

    After a week with three matches, the Lady Vandals tennis team will be making its final preparations for Saturday’s South Central Conference Tournament in Roxana.

    Beginning at 9 a.m., Vandalia will be looking to place some individuals on the all-conference team.

    “Hannah (Blythe) has a chance to slip into the top two (in singles), but it all depends on what the other coaches do,” said coach Kevin Schroeder. “We have a shot in doubles, too.”