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  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 26

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Kaskaskia College will hold an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the KC Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street. Alex Eade, a KC horticulture instructor, will be the speaker for the celebration. A light lunch will follow the speaker and a ceremonial tree-planting.

  • After battling cancer, Thomas receives his calling

    “It is more blessed to give than receive.”
                    Acts 20:35
    Those are words that Don Thomas, pastor of the Brownstown United Methodist and Emmanuel United Methodist churches has always lived by.

  • Chancey enters state's attorney's race

    About three weeks after Stephen Friedel announced that he would not seek a fourth term as Fayette County’s state’s attorney, his assistant has decided to run for that office.

  • Pollard, Braun retained as party chairmen

    Fayette County’s Republican and Democratic committees voted last week to retain their chairmen.
    In conventions held last Wednesday evening, the Republican Central Committee agreed to retain Randy Pollard as its chairman, and the Democratic Central Committee voted to keep Randy Braun in the chairman’s spot.
    Other Republican committee officers elected were: vice chairmen, Mark Schaub, Dan Palecek, Mike Hall and Chad Feldpouch; secretary/treasurer, Matt Hall; and chairwoman, Grace Thull.

  • McCarter wants to stay in Senate

    The Lebanon man who was appointed, then elected to represent this area in the Illinois Senate has decided that he wants to retain that position.

  • Senior Spotlight: Brady McDowell

    BROWNSTOWN – Running around his grandparents’ living room after hitting imaginary home runs some 15 years ago was just a preview of what was in store for Brady McDowell’s life.

    The Brownstown senior hasn’t stopped hustling since, and now pays tribute to his late grandpa, Dale McDowell, every time he cranks one out of the park.

    There was always a wiffle ball in a vase at grandpa’s house, McDowell remembered, but little did he know that the make-believe games from his childhood would become his reality.

  • Earnest appears on national TV for bowling finals

    Vandalia native Josie Earnest appeared on national TV on Tuesday, after making the finals of the United States Bowling Congress Queens Tournament.

    Earnest, a No. 16 seed in the Texas-based tournament, was matched against (4) Liz Johnson, an 11-time Women's Professional Bowling Association winner, in the first-round of the TV finals on Tuesday.

    In that match, Earnest, who was making her first appearance in the Queens Tournament, lost despite rolling a 223. Johnson had a 268, the second highest game of the night.

  • Track teams both have pair of good showings

    GREENVILLE – Battling harsh weather conditions last Friday, both Vandalia High School track teams placed third at the Comet Relays.

    Despite temperatures in the 40s, blustery winds and pockets of drizzle, all of Vandalia’s athletes were there to compete, and several of them were rewarded with personal-best times.

    Junior Austyn Krueger had two of them, running her leg of the 4X800-meter relay in 2:43 and her leg of the 4X400-meter relay in 1:08.

  • Vandals again have tough week of games

    Vandalia never was able to get too far ahead at any point in Tuesday’s game with East Alton-Wood River, leading to a 6-2 loss, the Vandals' ninth in a row.

    Four times in the game, Vandalia had two runners on base with two outs, and they could only capitalize twice, once in each the fifth and sixth innings off of Mike Sabatino, who has signed to play college baseball next season.

    “That kid is one of the better pitchers in the conference,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “We went up against another top guy.

  • St. Elmo pushes winning streak to 9 games

    ST. ELMO – Senior Ben Sperry pitched no-hit ball for the first three innings during a 10-4 win against Sandoval last Thursday that pushed the Eagles’ winning streak to six games.

    Wins against Mulberry Grove, Christ Our Rock Lutheran and Stew-Stras on Monday and Tuesday kept that streak alive, and gives St. Elmo (15-6) victories in 13 of its past 15 games after starting the season 2-4.