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Education

  • Sheriff's scholarship available

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding more than $53,000 in college scholarships throughout Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2013-14 academic year.
    The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the Illinois.
    Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay will be awarding one $500 scholarship.

  • GED tests, fee changing

    Individuals who began taking the GED® Test since Jan. 1, 2002, and have not yet passed all the tests must complete testing before Dec. 31, or current scores will no longer be valid.
    Those who need to complete the test can call Regional Office of Education No. 3 at 283-5011 (Vandalia), 217-342-4363 (Effingham) or 664-0121 (Greenville), or visit the ROE No. 3 website, www.roe3.org, for more information,
    Those individuals should also be aware that the cost to take the GED® test is increasing in 2014, from $50 to $120, and test requirements are changing.

  • College News

    Washington University
    John Hawthorne of Vandalia, formerly of Ramsey, graduated from the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science in St. Louis, Mo., on May 18 with a master’s degree in information management.

  • Brownstown Elementary School Spelling Bee

    Cassi Payne (first photo) won the Brownstown Elementary School spelling bee last Thursday, edging out five other contestants.

    In the second photo, Kyzara Hissong thinks hard before spelling a word given to her by BES Principal Angela Reeter. In the third photo are the bee contestants; from left to right are Conner Reeter, Payne, Bryton Pruett, Makenzie Walk, Hissong and Amber Sarchet.

  • Engel Brothers Donates to South Central HS

    Engel Brothers Ford, South Central High School Athletics, FBLA and volunteers raised the maximum of $8,000 for the high school at a recent event as part of Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” program.

  • Honor Roll

    Cowden-Herrick High School
    High Honors
    Sophomores – Carson Lorton, Jensyn Morrison and Hanna Christine Senteney.
    Juniors – Colton Evans, Alicia Hadley and Bailey Rueff.
    Seniors – Rachel Allen, Angelica Beck, Kimberly Cushing and Taylor Edwards.
    Honors
    Freshman – Elizabeth Reed.
    Sophomores – Bailey Michelle Allen, Dakota Fouts, Ariel Heiserman, Shelby LeeAnn Jones, Jacob Douglas Mays and Alexandra Suzanne Smith.

  • School Briefs

    Hollinshead named
    to MVC dean's list

    Jada Hollinshead of Farina has been named to the fall 2012 dean's list at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.
    To qualify for the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.3, complete 12 hours, and not have a D, F or "incomplete" grade.

    Alternative
    Education
    holiday schedule

    Alternative Education Programs classes will not be held from Monday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 4.

  • VCHS State Scholars

    The Illinois State Scholars at Vandalia Community High School are shown here.

    In front, from left, are Makenzie Roberts, Amanda Jourdan, Makayla Summers and Heidi Goldsmith. In back are Jeff Bradley, Michael Campbell, Austyn Krueger and Michael Wells.

  • Methodist Men Distribute Coats & Shoes

    The Methodist Men of Vandalia were at Vandalia Elementary School on Tuesday for their annual distribution of coats and shoes to help families and students in the area.

    Present for the gift-giving were David Dugan, Jim Staff, Jeff Endres, Mike Baker and Brent Hunter. Coats, shoes, hats and gloves were distributed to 55 students. In the first photo, Dugan helps Haley Fender with a new pair of shoes. In the second photo, Endres (foreground), Dugan and Hunter (background, at right) present gifts to Kaci Turner, Kyli Sidwell and Chase Bunyard.

  • Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Breakfast
    Monday, Dec. 17-Choice of cereal, Rice Krispie treat, milk and juice.
    Tuesday, Dec. 18-Choice of cereal, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, milk and juice.
    Wednesday, Dec. 19-Egg and cheese breakfast bagel, milk and juice.
    Thursday, Dec. 20-Choice of cereal, blueberry muffin, milk and juice.
    Friday, Dec. 21-Choice of cereal, toast and jelly, milk and juice.
    Lunch
    Monday, Dec. 17-Oven-roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, bread and milk.