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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This man was born in Confidence, Ill., almost 100 years ago.

  • Brownstown Library has a special tree

    A special Christmas tree is gracing the Brownstown Library this Christmas, at no expense to the library.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Eric M. Kroening, 38, House Springs, Mo., was arrested on Dec. 21 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond information was not listed.
    • Timothy L. Ambuehl, 22, Pana, was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $1,200.

  • Vandalia girls fall at Hillsboro

    HILLSBORO — The Vandalia Lady Vandals were looking for some payback.
    It didn't happen.
    Hillsboro pulled away late for a 56-43 win over Vandalia on Monday night in girls basketball action.
    The Lady Vandals were behind right away, but were within striking distance until the hosts went on a big run early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

  • Vandals suffer another close loss

    LITCHFIELD — "This one hurts."
    That's how Brian Buscher summed it up after his team's disappointing 51-44 loss at Litchfield on Friday night.
    Buscher's Vandals battled back from an 11-point deficit and took the lead in the fourth quarter, only to see the host Panthers score the final five points of the game to secure a close victory.
    Once again, a victory eluded the Vandals.

  • St. Elmo Tourney: Rams fall in third place game, Aces top hosts for fifth

    ST. ELMO — The Ramsey Rams began the 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament with a bang.
    They ended it with a dud.
    The Rams looked out of sync from the start in a 53-36 loss to Okaw Valley on Saturday night in the third-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    The eighth-seeded Rams began the tourney by knocking off the No. 1 seed. But in the third-place game, the Rams struggled.

  • 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament recap

    St. Elmo Holiday
    Tournament
     
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    Ramsey  56,
    St. Elmo/Brownstown 53
    Cowden-Herrick 52, Beecher City 42

    Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Altamont 66, South Central 48
    Okaw Valley 72, Mulberry Grove 63

    Thursday, Dec. 18
    SEB 57, Beecher City 44
    Cowden-Herrick 43, Ramsey 35

    Friday, Dec. 19
    Mulberry Grove 61, S. Central 59
    Altamont 48, Okaw Valley 47

    Saturday, Dec. 20
    Seventh place

  • Vandals win three wrestling duals

    WHITFIELD, Mo. — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team won all three duals at Whitfield, Mo. on Friday.
    The Vandals are now 7-2 in duals.
    Vandalia dominated St. Clair, 61-6. Vandalia won 12 of 13 matches against the St. Clair Bulldogs.
    Trevor Philpot defeated Jason Landing, 4-1, at 113 pounds. Jarrett Paslay pinned Thomas Maple at 120, Ryne Lipsey won by fall over Lucas Davis at 126 and Luke Tessman earned a 6-2 win over Kris Heembrack at 132.

  • Area girls roundup: South Central tops Webber, BSE, Ramsey girls fall

     FARINA — South Central held on late for a 38-31 win over Webber on Thursday night.
    The win pushed South Central's record to 4-6 on the season.
    Webber led, 15-11, at halftime. But the Lady Cougars went on an 11-4 run in the third period to take the lead. South Central outscored Webber, 16-12, in the fourth quarter to finish off the game.
    Keely Smith scored 14 points to lead the Lady Cougars, with Abby Hahn adding 11 points.
    South Central will head to the Dieterich Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26.

  • Lady Vandals suffer frustrating overtime loss at Pana

     PANA — Missed opportunities and a questionable call late in the game proved too much to overcome for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
    On the other hand, Pana got it done in crunch time in a 49-46 overtime victory over Vandalia on Thursday night.
    Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said it was a disappointing loss to take.
    "We had a lot of chances, but we just couldn't capitalize on them," McNary said. "We struggled from the floor shooting again. And if you do that, you're probably not going to win."