Today's News

  • Relay for Life set for June 2

    This year's Fayette County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, in the top loop of the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Organizers are asking for the donation of camper for the evening. It will be used for the collection and counting of money throughout the evening.
    Organizers are also seeking the donation of three gas-powered golf cars for the event.
    Individuals who are willing to donate the use of a camper or golf cars may contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 3

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The CEFS Fayette Outreach office, 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will hold an open house in celebration of Community Action Month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away.

  • News Briefs

    Meeting on leaf burning is Thursday

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss the issue of leaf burning in the city.
    The council's streets and public safety committees will meet at 4:15 p.m. at city hall.
    City residents are invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions on the issue.

    Cars for a Cure show is May 12

  • Jackson stepping down as boys basketball coach

    Kevin Jackson has stepped down as head boys basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

    His resignation was accepted by the school board at a special meeting on Tuesday night. He will maintain his roles as athletic director and driver’s education teacher.

    “Priorities change over time,” Jackson said. “I still love to compete with the guys that we have here, but priorities change.

    “It was an extremely, extremely difficult decision.”

  • Ruffner is SCC high jump champ

    CARLINVILLE – Junior Sierah Ruffner was the lone champion for Vandalia at Tuesday’s South Central Conference girls track meet, but first-year Gena Nance was left satisfied by a solid team-effort that earned the Lady Vandals sixth place.

    Ruffner placed first in the high jump, clearing 5 feet on her third attempt at that height. She was assured of first place after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches, however, because neither of the two individuals who tied for second place could clear that height.

  • Earnest reflects on Queens

    The odds were stacked against Vandalia native Josie Earnest once the seeding was finalized for last week’s United States Bowling Congress Queens Tournament.

    Facing Hall of Famers and collegiate All-Americans, Earnest had an uphill climb in the tournament, but she overcame almost every one of the challenges to make the television finals and place fifth.

  • PHOTO: Scholes signs with Illinois College

    St. Elmo High School senior Blaine Scholes has signed to continue his athletic and academic careers at Illinois College. Scholes committed to the IC baseball team last week.

  • Lady Vandals dispatch Pana

    The Lady Vandals put to rest a nine-game losing streak by defeating Pana, 7-5, last Wednesday.

    The victory didn’t come easily, however, as Pana had several base runners in all but one inning and Vandalia’s defense committed five errors.

    Senior Molli Tedrick flirted with disaster over the first three innings, loading the bases in the first and second innings, and allowing runners to reach second and third with no outs in the third.

    The defense bailed her out each time, committing zero errors in those innings to keep Pana scoreless.

  • Vandals fall to Pana, Greenville in conference ballgames

    The Vandalia baseball team was unable to end its losing streak, falling in two conference games in the past week.

    The Vandals fell at Pana last Wednesday, 7-5, and dropped a road game at Greenville on Tuesday, 8-0.

    Vandalia has lost 11 games in a row and is now 6-14 (2-6 South Central Conference) for the season.

    Against Pana, senior Dathan Berning had a pair of doubles, but the Panthers scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and maintained control throughout the rest of the game.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (May 3)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes with recent results.

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Lexington Legends