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Today's News

  • Patoka erases deficit but loses to CORL

    RAMSEY – The Patoka High School boys basketball team erased deficits of seven points three times but was unable to hold the lead it took on the first shot of the fourth quarter during a 50-42 loss to Christ Our Rock Lutheran in the Ramsey Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Senior Cody Allen forced a tie with a few seconds left in the third quarter after converting a 3-point play when he was fouled on a layup.

    Allen then grabbed a defensive rebound to open the fourth quarter and converted another 3-point play at the other end of the court.

  • Ramsey overcomes poor first half to win

    RAMSEY – In a game that featured almost 50 fouls, upward of 30 turnovers and 43 missed free throws, the Ramsey High School boys basketball team still came away with a 21-point victory on the first day of the Ramsey Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Ramsey coach Bill Eddy said the 60-39 win against the Beecher City JV team was “by far” the worst 20-point win he has ever coached.

    “The first half was ugly,” Eddy said. “It was like no one wanted to play ball.”

  • Bell scores 20 as Vandals win first game

    EFFINGHAM – After falling behind 10-0 to Charleston in the opening minutes of the first game of St. Anthony's Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, the Vandalia High School boys basketball team  used a barrage of 3-pointers by seniors Daniel Bell and Marty Johnson to take a halftime lead and, eventually, the game, 52-48.

    Bell was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, including three in the first quarter, and Johnson added two 3-pointers in the first half. Bell scored a team-high 20 points, while Johnson added 11.

  • In wake of tragedy, Vandals band together for victory

    In a game that was almost canceled after the tragic death of a sophomore student last Tuesday, the Vandalia High School girls basketball team provided students a few hours of distraction on Friday by dismantling Roxana, 54-33, in its season-opener.

    Discussion of calling off the game had been ongoing since Wednesday, but players came to coach Michelle McNary and insisted the game be played in Tammy Vosholler’s honor.

  • Questions arise in South Central Conference re-alignment

    The Nokomis High School Board determined after “heated and emotional debate” and by a 4-3 vote at a special meeting Monday night that its sports teams will not join the South Central Conference.

    Nokomis was scheduled to join the SCC in all sports, starting during the 2012-13 school year, but after the other SCC schools denied Nokomis’ request to join the conference in all sports except football, it began considering other options.

  • Remembering Loved Ones

    The Fayette County Health Department Hospice held its fourth annual Community Memorial Service on Sunday at First Church of God in rural Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Air So Brisky Makes the Critters Frisky
    One really cool morning this week, we looked out the window to see Smoky, the (adorable) little donkey, briskly running up and down and around his pen, and kicking up his heels so high his front feet also left the ground.
    He has also been playing a lot with his big blue barrel. He was bucking and twisting as if he was in a rodeo. Every once in a while, he would stop and look toward the kitchen window as if to see if we were watching, which we were and enjoying the show very much.

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Births

    Colin Jeffrey Choisser
    Jeff and Amber Choisser of Valmeyer are the parents of a boy born at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at St. John’s Mercy, St. Louis, Mo.
    He weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18 inches long. He was named Colin Jeffrey.
    Grandparents are Carl and Shelia Connell of Flora, Gary and Beth Emerick of Vandalia, and Dale and Vickie Choisser of Tennessee.
    Great-grandparents are Betty Barnett of Eldorado, Ann Emerick of Vandalia, and Elsie Hinkle, and Hunter and Rajean Connell, all of Flora.