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Today's News

  • Altamont's Braasch no-hits Eagles in regional title game

    The postgame scene was a very emotional one Monday, as St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue said goodbye to a boatload of seniors following a 3-0 loss to the host team in the championship game of the Altamont Class 1A Regional.

    "I just appreciate all the dedication they've shown over the years," said Beccue of his 10 seniors. "Having that many kids from one class at a small school do what they do, I can never tell them how much they mean to me."

    Beccue credited his seniors for raising the status of the program to new heights.

  • Chiles, Hiltoppers end Vandals' season

    Hillsboro's Jordan Chiles has shown the Vandalia baseball team he can hit a baseball just as well as he runs the football, kicks the football and shoots the basketball.

    Turns out, the Vandals' multi-sport nemesis can pitch a little as well.

    Chiles out-dueled Dallas Gray in a battle of aces Friday, leading the host team to a 4-2 victory in the semifinals of the Hillsboro Class 2A Regional.

    Chiles had Vandalia frustrated all game long, allowing just one earned run on five hits in a complete-game effort.

    The good news: Chiles has finally graduated.

  • Lady Aces keep the faith, win 2nd regional title in 3 years

    The Mulberry Grove softball team kept the faith when ace Brittany Crandell went down with a torn rotator cuff early this spring.

    And thanks to that perseverance - and a near-flawless effort Saturday in a 6-2 win over Bunker Hill - the Lady Aces are regional champions for the second time in three seasons.

    Granted, prior to the season, the Lady Aces (25-9) fully expected to be in the position they found themselves in when they were presented the championship plaque at the Valmeyer Class 1A Regional.

  • Cougars take 7th regional title in 9 years

    A sense of normalcy has finally settled in this spring.

    The weather is warming up. The rain has finally stopped. And the South Central baseball team has won another regional.

    The host Cougars took home their seventh regional title plaque in nine years Saturday, rolling to a 7-2 victory over Woodlawn in the title game of their own Class 1A Regional.

    The victory South Central's second of the day and sixth straight overall, as the Cougars (19-12-1) started the postseason in typical fashion following a regular season that was anything but.

  • VCHS duo answers 'Bell,' 'Goen' back to state

    Josh Goen and Drew Bell will be making their second trips to the IHSA boys state track and field meet this weekend at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium.

    But their return paths to Charleston have very little in common.

    Bell has been mentally and physically prepping for another shot at the big blue track since making his state debut a year ago as a sophomore.

  • Congratulations to state champs!

    Four girls from Vandalia Community High School have done something no other girls from their school have ever done.

    The 4 by 400 relay team of Paige Dodson, Kris Stunkel, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin brought home a state championship the first in the history of the girls track program. And they did it in convincing style beating the competition by about 1.5 seconds and eclipsing their own school record (set in the prelims on Friday) by nearly three seconds.

  • On Monday, remember our vets

    On Monday, our nation will pause to remember.

    Well recall the freedoms we often take for granted.

    Well remember the men and women who have sacrificed to keep us free.

    Well reflect on our responsibilities as citizens.

    But will we really fully appreciate the importance of Memorial Day? Probably not. For the majority of us, sacrificing for our country is still an abstract concept one to which we have no direct personal connection.

  • Wait's dream became a reality

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.

    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois from Terre Haute to St. Louis linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.

    He actively lobbied members of the legislature, and got some positive support. But when it came to a vote, the charter was given not to Waits project the Mississippi & Atlantic Railroad but instead to backers of the Alton & Terre Haute Railroad.

  • No word on when, or if, schools will receive monies from the state

    In spite of showing a $2.1 million positive balance at the end of April, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the finances of the Vandalia School District. That uncertainty springs from persistent rumors that the state will not be paying the state aid payments for the final month of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    For Vandalia, that would amount to more than $500,000.

  • Graduation Day

    Five area school districts – Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo, Ramsey and Mulberry Grove – held commencement exercises over the weekend. Vandalia Community High School graduate Mitch Johnson switches the tassel on his mortarboard as he and other members of the class of 2008 officially become graduates on Saturday night. Patoka High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m. this Friday, and South Central High School will graduate its seniors at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30.