Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College

    Nursing test prep course
    The new Kaskaskia College Nursing Program admission process will use test results attained on the Test of Essential Academic Skills as the basis for admission to the program.
    The test was created by ATI Nursing Education, which is part of Ascend Learning and is currently being used by 2,100 colleges and universities across the country to provide technology-based assessment solutions for healthcare education.

  • Honor Rolls

    High honors – Emily Frailey, Katie Kroll, Audriana Pruett, Corie Sasse and Kayla Summann.
    Honors – Caitlyn Reeter, Austin Robson, Justin Sefton, Shayla Stokes and Cherokee Street.
    High honors – Addison Cage, Kyrstyn Fitch, Sydney Rosborough, Kaylee Sefton and Jacobo Trabada.
    Honors – Kandice Beshel, Jossi Hall and Madison Lambert.

  • Cover crop field day is next Thursday

    A cover crop field day will be held from 9-11 a.m. next Thursday at the U of I Brownstown Agronomy Research Center.
    Topics covered during the tour of research plots include:
    • Species selection.
    • Effects of planting date.
    • Effects of planting method.
    • Cover crops and crop rotation.
    • Establishment challenges and successes.
    • Factors contributing to a health soil.

  • Farm Bill informational meeting Nov. 18

    The Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington County Farm Bureaus, in conjunction with U of I Extension and county Farm Service Agency offices, are hosting an informational meeting on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill.
    The meeting will be held at the Kaskaskia College Lifelong Learning Center on Nov. 18. A free meal will be provided at 6:30 p.m., with the program to begin at 7 p.m. The meal is being provided by the Kaskaskia College.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Parents
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Wednesday through Friday with his parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. He helped on the family farm with harvest. On Saturday, Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster returned so that Owen, age 2½, could get the “farm experience.” They all returned home on Sunday.
    Lois Meyer, lifelong resident of St. Peter, died last Thursday. She had been living in a nursing home in Wentzville, MO.
    Veterans Day Service

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Unexpected Volunteer Helpers (?) Joined Barn Raising Project
    As the “barn builders” (namely Bill and Panzi) worked on the south doors within the pen and in the doorway of Madricka and baby Bucky Burro’s side of the barn, we were joined by Madricka. We thought she just wanted petted (which she did), but she stayed with us as we tried to work.
    She sniffed at the tools as Bill picked up different ones to use and sometimes stood so her head was right between us.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, November 5
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, November 6
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Faye Koontz.


    Hannah Blythe won't soon forget the 2014 tennis season.
    Neither will her father.
    A Vandalia High School junior, Blythe just completed a stellar 2014 campaign.
    It was one that saw Blythe go week-after-week and month-after-month without suffering a loss, as the Lady Vandal standout went undefeated until the state finals.
    "I accomplished all of my goals before I got to Chicago," Hannah said. "That was exactly what I wanted to do."

  • A heartbreaking loss

    NASHVILLE — John Stout wasn't surprised.
    In fact, he knew it was coming.
    Stout's Vandalia High School football team pulled off an impressive second-half comeback, overcoming a huge deficit in stunning fashion.
    But in the end, the epic comeback wasn't enough.
    Nashville held on late for a 48-39 victory over Vandalia in a first-round game of the IHSA Class 3A football playoffs on Saturday.

  • Patoka falls to Woodlawn at volleyball sectional

    LOUISVILLE — The realization hit the Patoka Lady Warriors moments after their season came to an abrupt end — there's no shame in losing to a talented team.
    Dominant from the start, Woodlawn defeated Patoka, 25-7, 25-7, in a Class 1A North Clay Sectional semifinal on Tuesday night.
    Woodlawn advanced to the sectional title game with the win, while the season ended for the Lady Warriors. Woodlawn had too much firepower for the Warriors.
    Patoka Coach Paula Copple said her team just ran into a solid opponent.