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Today's News

  • Insanity defense dropped in Baker case

    As previously scheduled, the prosecution and defense attorneys in the Clifford Baker murder trial will deliver closing arguments first thing on Tuesday morning.

    But as the attorneys met with Judge Michael McHaney to prepare jury instructions, Baker's defense team, led by Monroe McWard of Taylorville, announced that it would no longer present arguments for an insanity defense.
     That leaves the defense of involuntary intoxication.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Possum Dog Needed
    As our doggie population has decreased, the wild critter invasion has increased. Some of our past doggie friends were real guardians of the Homestead, always on the lookout for unwelcome varmints.

  • Frogtown News

    Upcoming Reunion
    The annual Fred J. Meyer and Magnus reunion will be held Sunday at noon at St. Peter City Hall. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 17
    • Teacher in-service – no student attendance.

  • School Menus

    VANDALIA
    Breakfast
    Monday, Aug. 22 – Jumpstart breakfast and milk.
    Tuesday, Aug. 23 – Belgian waffle stix, juice and milk.
    Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Muffin/cereal, fruit and milk.
    Lunch
    Grades K-8
    Monday, Aug. 22 – Cheese pizza cruncher stix, combination salad, sliced peaches, fruit juice bar and milk (J.H.) chicken quesadilla.
    Tuesday, Aug. 23 – Wafer sliced ham on white grain bun, corn on the cob, fruit salad, pretzel rods and milk. (J.H.) barbecue rib.

  • ROE hosts new teacher training

    Julie R. Wollerman, regional superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, hosted a training session for new teachers on Friday, Aug. 5, at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Vandalia.
    Sixteen teachers from across the three counties attended the event, which featured presentations by two educational consultants and Wollerman.
    Bill LaDage, a retired Vandalia administrator and a school improvement consultant, spoke to the group of new teachers about classroom management and discipline techniques.

  • Ramsey has 3 new administrators

    When school starts this Friday, new people will occupy the top three administrative positions in the Ramsey Community School District.

    At the helm of the district will be Superintendent Melissa Ritter. She’ll be joined by High School Principal Ginger Edwards and Grade School Principal Sterling Montgomery.
    All three have considerable teaching and administrative experience, but will be taking a step up in their new positions.

  • Reunions

    Kleinik
    The annual Kleinik family reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 28, at Greenville Patriot’s Park with a potluck dinner at noon.
    Take a covered dish and a lawn chair.

    Cole-Neucome

    The annual Cole-Neucome reunion will be held at noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, with a basket lunch at Bingham townhouse.
    All friends and family are invited to attend.

  • Card Shower

    Merle Caylor
    Merle Caylor of Ramsey celebrated his 90th birthday this Wednesday.
    Cards may be sent to him at: RR 2, Box 255, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Births

    Grace Elaine Boatman
    Frank and Sarah Boatman of St. Charles, Mo., are the parents of a girl born at 3:37 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.


    She weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces. She was named Grace Elaine.
    She has three brothers, 18-year-old Dylan, 13-year-old Jakob and 2-year-old Jack.
    Grandparents are Joyce Carman of Vandalia, and Van and Sharon Boatman of Mulberry Grove.