Today's News

  • New dance studio opening Thursday

    A Vandalia woman will hold a grand opening and registration day for a new dance studio in town on Thursday.

    Kelly Emerick, who has been involved with dancing for more than a decade, will open the doors to the Vandalia Performing Arts Center on Thursday at 11 a.m., and the center’s summer schedule will run Mondays-Saturdays from June 4-July 28.

  • Bushue leads Cougars to semifinal win

    EFFINGHAM – Senior Colby Bushue made sure that if South Central was going to lose in the sectional semifinals last Wednesday, it wasn’t going to be because he didn’t give his best effort.

    After allowing hits to the first two Windsor batters to spot the Blue Devils an early 1-0 lead, Bushue struck out the next five batters, started a two-run rally with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and then drove home two more runs with a single in the second inning as the Cougars cruised to an 11-2 victory.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia baseball awards

    Vandalia High School baseball coach Luke Hohlt handed out several awards during the team's awards banquet last Friday night.

  • Mahon has allowed no earned runs in five innings with Gateway Grizzlies

    St. Elmo High School graduate Logan Mahon has pitched well in three appearances out of the bullpen for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.

    The Grizzlies are based in Sauget.

    Mahon pitched two innings against Joliet during an 8-4 win on May 20. He allowed two hits and a walk.

    Two days later, he struck out two batters in one inning of work during a 1-0 loss at Washington.

    He also walked one batter.

    Last Thursday, Mahon took the loss after pitching one inning of a 4-3 loss to Washington.

  • Sport Fishing and Conservation Club hosting free kids fishing tournament

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club is hosting a free kids fishing tournament on Saturday, June 9.

    Kids are to meet at the Lions Club pavilion and will be fishing off of the bank. The tournament will run from 10 a.m.-noon.

    Prizes will be given to those who catch the most bluegill or crappie during the tournament, and fishermen should bring a bucket to put the fish in.

    Fisherman can use any type of bait and any type of fishing pole.

    Age groups will be 5-10 and 11-15.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament – May 12

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 12.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results – May 18

    Friday, May 18
    HEAT 1
    1.            41M       Brent Mullins
    2.            N59        Chad Evans
    3.            28        Michael Bolyard

  • Mulberry Grove's run ends at super-sectional

    CARBONDALE — The Lady Aces ran into a fundamentally sound Goreville team at Monday's super-sectional, falling 14-0.

    Mulberry Grove got a leadoff single from Kayla Zimmerman, but that would be the team's only hit of the game.

    The Lady Aces had a 23-5 record on the season.

  • John P. Provinzano, 60, Highland

    John Pietro Provinzano, 60, of Highland, formerly of Vandalia, departed this life on May 26, 2012, at 1:37 a.m., at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, with Deacon Ron Hesson of St. Paul’s Parish officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, both at the funeral home. Memorials: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

  • Austin takes sixth at state finals

    Vandalia senior Quenten Austin placed sixth in the state finals of the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday. He tied his school record with a time of 0:15.39.