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Today's News

  • State's Attorney Provides Body Cams for VPD

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison last week presented the Vandalia Police Department with 10 body cameras, which were purchased with funds obtained through forfeitures and seizures.

    The VPD earlier received two cameras through Morrison's grant program, meaning that all officers now have a camera. Above, from left, are Vandalia officer Rob Blackerby, Morrison, VPD Chief Jeff Ray and VPD Detective Jake Bowling.

  • BHS Homecoming is Saturday

    Brownstown High School will hold its homecoming dance this Saturday evening from 8-11 p.m., with the coronation set for 8 p.m.

    At right are the homecoming candidates and freshman attendants. In front, from left, are freshman attendant Brooke Mayfield, sophomore Elissa Baron, junior Paityn Miller and seniors Shayla Stokes, Katie Kroll and Tabitha Dolan. In back are sophomore Simon Korte, junior Jacobo Maria Trabada Sanchez deToca and seniors Drake Hall, Curt Frailey and Justin Sefton. Not present was freshman attendant Jason Struble.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Bucky Burro’s First Snow
    We were looking forward to seeing how the little burro, Baby Bucky, reacted to his first snow, and we were not disappointed.  Hr ran, jumped, bucked and then ran stiff-legged with his head down between his front legs.
    Those were his initial reactions. After that, he went into the barn, where his mother was standing, dry and out of the snow, watching him. Like his predecessor, the late Smoky ( the adorable little donkey), Bucky nor his mother, Madricka, seem to like getting wet, even from a light snow.

  • Frogtown News

    Births
    Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lotz of St. Peter are the parents of a baby girl, born on Oct. 21, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her name is Paisen Leigh.
    She has a 2 ½ year old brother, Dexten.
    Her grandparents are Mr. and Mr. Dean Lotz, Donna Quast, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bartels.
    Great grandparents are Melba Lawrence, Mary Allen and Lela Lotz.
    Nathan and Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., are the parents of a daughter, born on Nov. 11, 2014.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church is having a Thanksgiving turkey potluck for the entire church at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beverages and table service will be provided by the class; those attending are to take a side dish – a salad, vegetable or dessert.
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, November 23

  • Vandals, Lady Vandals named to all-conference teams

    Five Vandalia Community High School football players have earned all-conference honors from the South Central Conference for 2014.
    Vandalia had two first-team all-conference selections.
    Kendrick Woolsey was a first-team pick on the defensive line and Collin Nestleroad was a first-team pick at defensive back. Woolsey is a junior and Nestleroad is a senior.
    Vandalia senior Bobby Bradley was a second-team pick at running back, while classmate Gage Miles was a second-team pick on the offensive line.

  • Area roundup: Hahn leads South Central girls to victory

    COWDEN — Abby Hahn put on a show in the season-opener.
    A sophomore guard, Hahn scored a career-high 30 points in the first game of the season as the South Central Lady Cougars knocked off Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 44-35, on Monday night in girls basketball action.
    "The girls played hard tonight to pick up a win in our first game of the year," South Central Coach Gary Kapper said. "We moved the ball pretty well and were patient in our offense for the most part. We just need to get more aggressive in attacking the basket when we can."

  • Lady Vandals heading to Litchfield tourney

    The Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team will be competing at the Litchfield McDonald's/Niehaus Cycle Girls Round Robin Tournament.
    The event features five teams — Mount Olive, Carlinville, Vandalia, Nokomis and host Litchfield.

  • Lady Vandals cruise in season-opener

    VANDALIA — A huge first-half spurt propelled the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team to a dominating 43-20 victory over Altamont on Tuesday night in the 2014-15 season-opener.
    The Lady Vandals forced turnover after turnover on one end, and used a balanced offensive attack on the other in the lopsided win.
    In fact, Vandalia put together a 19-0 run in the first half to pull away for good.
    Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said it was a great way to start the season.

  • Local players earn NTC volleyball honors

    The area was well-represented on the 2014 National Trail All-Conference Volleyball Team.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown's Gabi Moore and South Central's Maria Brasel were both recognized as first-team all-conference selections.
    Both schools also had two selections on the second team — St. Elmo/Brownstown's Elizabeth Guerrero and Emily Bone, and South Central's Emily Chapman and Diedra Schaal.
    Megan Nuxoll of Effingham St. Anthony was chosen as the conference's Most Valuable Player.