Today's News

  • Vandalia School District, teachers OK new agreement

    The Vandalia School District Board of Education and Vandalia Unit Teachers Association on Wednesday agreed to a new, three-year contract.

    The contract includes adding 1 percent to the base salary and using the current salary schedule for each of the three years.

    Among the items in language that were changed are:

    A) $25 per month increase for those taking district health insurance for the current school

    year only; no new monies will be added to the insurance component for the 2016-17 or

    2017-18 school years.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids now offered

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 10-Aug. 14, in Vandalia at Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and the gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The free lunches will also be available on Wednesdays at:
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Coming Events
    Benefit for Brownstown School Bus Driver
    A Liver Journey Celebration/benefit will be held for the Rich Cade family on Sunday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia.
    Rich Cade was diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder, dangerously low platelets and an enlarged spleen 10 years ago, and the family set out on what they have called the “Liver Journey,” in hopes of receiving a liver transplant.

  • Frogtown

    Marrow Registry Drive
    A marrow registry drive will be held next Tuesday, from 3-8 p.m., at the St. Peter Fire Department (301 E. Third St., St. Peter).
    If you can’t attend the drive, you can join the registry online at www.bethematch.org.
    Click on “Join” and “Join Now.” When prompted, enter the promo code: Madison.
    This drive is for 18-44 year olds.
    For more information, contact Denise at dmosley@nmdp.org or 314-348-5660.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, June 12
    • The St. Elmo Christian Church Bible school, “God’s Backyard Bible Camp,” 6-8:30 p.m.
    Saturday, June 13
    •  St. Elmo Christian Church Bible school, 6-8:30 p.m.

  • Area players named E-I all-conference

    A number of area players were named to Egyptian-Illini Conference all-conference squads.
    Karissa Woody of Mulberry Grove named MVP as a member of the first team.
    Others named to the first team were Paige Fleeman of Christ Our Rock Lutheran;  Kayla Zimmerman and Lauren Robison of Mulberry Grove; Baylee Scholes and Tessa Philpot of St. Elmo/Brownstown; Skye Kimberlin and Abbi Cunningham of Ramsey; and Amanda Pierce and Billie Kollman of Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick.

  • Two Vandals earn all-conference honors

    Two members of this year's Vandals baseball squad received all-conference honors.
    Vandalia's Zach Schaal, a graduating senior, was named to the South Central Conference first team as a designated hitter/utility player.
    Sophomore Richie Well was named to the third team as an infielder.

  • Tumblers Compete at State
  • Guys 'N' Gals Tourney
  • Volleyball Campers