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Education

  • Eason to speak at SIUE forum

    MacMurray College public relations associate Alyssa Eason will speak at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    She will participate in an open forum discussion that will deal with a variety of topics within the communications field.
    The panel will meet in early February on SIUE’s campus.
    Eason will give insight into her post-graduate experiences dealing with communication.
    She is the daughter of Larry and Patrice Eason of Vandalia.

  • College News

    Blackburn College
    Amy Walton of Shobonier, an elementary education major, was inducted into the Blackburn College Illinois Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi in October.
    Alpha Chi is a national honor scholarship society. Students are selected by the Blackburn faculty on academic achievement and character. Alpha Chi members are in the top 10 percent of academic performance in their class.
    Walton is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Walton.

    Pensacola Christian

  • A Battle of Wits
  • Brownstown hosting Masons' scholar bowl regional

    Brownstown High School will host one of 30 sectional tournaments for the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl this Saturday.
    The regional competition starts at 8:30 a.m. at the high school, and the awards ceremony will be held at approximately 3:15 p.m.
    The Masons of Illinois sponsor the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl for IHSA-member high schools throughout Illinois.  Schools competing pay no entry fees, as the cost of the tournament is entirely paid by the Masons of Illinois.

  • VCHS Students Go to WYSE Regional

    A group of students from Vandalia Community High School recently participated in the WYSE (World Youth in Science and Engineering) regional competition at Kaskaskia College in Centralia last Thursday.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Beauty Bash
    The Kaskaskia College Cosmetology Club invites girls ages 5-12 to a Beauty Bash.
    Parents may make appointments for a two-hour session of beauty and confidence-building with experienced KC cosmetology students.
    Appointments are open on Saturdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, and March 2. Start times are 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost for the beauty session is $20.
    Those attending the Beauty Bash will receive a full manicure with polish, shampoo, hairstyle with décor and an age-appropriate makeup application.

  • Honor Roll

    New Approach Alternative School
    Second Quarter
    Alexis Blackwell, Desiree Carroll, Jamie Cornett, Valerie Hanko, Crystal Harris, Alex Leigh, Diana Leigh, Jimmy Lovsey, Megan Luttrell, Devin Manning, John Miller, Kayla Murray, Samantha Nichols, Samantha Nobbe, Jacklyn Pearson, Shana Reed, Toni Tongay, Jessie Walker, Chance Warner, Paige Westenhaver and Zac Wilson.
    Perfect attendance – Alex Leigh
    First Semester

  • College News

    SIUE
    Rebecca J. Lester graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Dec. 15 with a master’s degree in nursing, with a specialization in nurse anesthesia.

    A member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Lester has accepted a position as a certified registered nurse anesthetist with Brigham Anesthesia in Carbondale.
    The daughter of Andy and Jenny Lester of Vandalia, she is a 2003 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

  • The End of the Rivalry

    With the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts joining together all of their sports teams beginning with the next school year, Friday's contest at Brownstown High School marked the final regular season game between the two high school boys varsity basketball teams.

  • NEW: 11 a.m., Friday: Vandalia School Board approves more than $900,000 in cuts

    In response to dwindling state funds and ongoing financial pressures, the Vandalia Board of Education on Wednesday approved wide-ranging cuts that will trim more than $910,000 from the district’s $14 million budget. The cuts will take effect in the 2013-14 school year, which begins July 1.

    Though the cutbacks will be felt throughout the district, the impact will be most pronounced in the personnel area (a reduction of about $400,000, or 44 percent of the total cuts) and in athletics (a reduction of nearly $127,000, or 14 percent of the total cuts).