Today's News

  • Illinois, U.S. farm report

    Cattle and calves
    The total number of cattle and calves in Illinois on Jan. 1 was 1.1 million head, 6 percent below last year’s total. This is the lowest cattle inventory on record for Illinois.
    Beef cow inventory was down 10 percent from 2010 to 352,000, while milk cows were down 3 percent to 98,000. This information is based on a recent cattle survey conducted by the Illinois office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
    Milk production

  • Area Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders (Feb. 17)
  • Community Calendar-Feb. 17, 2011

    Thursday, February 17

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, February 19

  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (Feb. 17)
  • Cub Scout Pack 315 Pinewood Derby winners
  • Junior High Sports Briefs

    Jr. Wrestlers battle at state tourney

    Three Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers participated in the Illinois Bantam State Tournament in Chicago last weekend.

    Anthony Enlow placed first.

    Markus Isaiah and Jarek Wehrle both placed sixth at the tournament.

    Vandalia eighth-grade volleyball results

    The Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team defeated Hillsboro last Thursday, 25-10, 25-16.

    Jessica Sullens led the Lady Vandals with 14 points. She also contributed six service aces, two kills and two tip kills.

  • Lady Cougars bow out in second round of regionals

    The South Central High School girls basketball team was the only one in the area to advance to the second round of the regional tournament, but the Lady Cougars lost to North Clay in the second round last Wednesday, 54-35.

    Senior Ashley Pollard scored 14 points in her final game with South Central (4-15, 2-3 Midland Trail Conference).

    She led the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, which was also good for second in the area.

    Fellow senior Haley Rambo scored five points in her South Central finale against the Lady Cardinals, who finished 5-0 in MTC play this season.

  • Boys basketball recaps

    South Central beats Patoka on emotional evening

    The same day a fellow student was found dead, the South Central High School boys basketball team gave students a few hours of distraction by dispatching Patoka, 34-29, last Wednesday.

    Dalton Rogers died in his home last Wednesday morning. He played baseball for the Cougars in the fall.

    The basketball game was very slow to develop, however, as the Cougars trailed the Warriors, 12-8, at halftime.

  • St. Elmo adds to Wall of Fame
  • St. Elmo falls to Altamont

    ST. ELMO – The Eagles three times rallied from at least five points down during Friday's game against Altamont, but when St. Elmo went down by five with 2:31 left in the game, it was too late for a comeback, as the Indians won, 52-42.

    With 5:18 left in the second period, the Eagles faced a six-point deficit, but three free throws and a jumper put the Eagles back within one, and they only trailed 19-18 at halftime.