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Today's News

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 17

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Saturday, April 19

    eoe" Second Chance Animal Rescue will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at its new rescue shelter and boarding kennel. Refreshments and pet treats will be served. The kennel is located south of Bluff City, about 1 1/2 miles south of U.S. Route 40.

  • Kaskaskia College Holds Physical Therapy Assistant Program Advisory Meeting

    Kaskaskia College recently held the Physical Therapy Assistant Program with Keith Shaw, Program Director, presiding.

    The program committee discussed Program accreditation, the PTA Program's mission and goals, Program assessment efforts, student outcomes and retention. The PTA Advisory Board discussed improvements made in the Program's facilities and curriculum, and the Board made suggestions regarding studying student clinical education and graduate employment.

  • Local scoreboard/schedule

    Thursday, April 17

    High School Baseball

    St. Elmo 9, Sandoval 5

    Vandalia 20, Ramsey 1

    Odin 20, Mulberry Grove 6

    South Central 8, Nokomis 3

    High School Softball

    St. Anthony 8, St. Elmo 0

    St. Anthony 5, St. Elmo 1

    South Central 10, Sandoval 0

    Friday, April 18

    High School Baseball

    Cisne 3, St. Elmo 2

    Vandalia at Hillsboro, rained out

    Brownstown 13, Mulberry Grove 0

    High School Softball

    St. Elmo 9, South Central 3

    Hillsboro 6, Vandalia 5

  • Vandals place 4th at Cumberland Invitational

    Led by first-place finishes by Drew Bell and Drew Stewart, the VCHS boys track team put together one of its best performances of the season Tuesday, placing fourth out of eight teams at the Cumberland Invitational.

    Senior Josh Goen added a fine all-around performance in a number of events, helping the Vandals score 66 points, as they finished behind meet champion St. Anthony (110), Casey-Westfield (81) and Paris (76) and ahead of Arcola (62), Fairfield (60), Altamont (59) and Cumberland (44).

  • No 'business as usual' is usually hard on business

    When he campaigned for governor about six years ago, Rod Blagojevich promised to change state government. It would no longer be business as usual.

    That is one campaign promise that Blagojevich has kept. Unfortunately, it has been a change for the worse.

    In a term and a half, Blagojevich has drug out the budget process, alienated state legislators in both parties and has even played a key role in the divisiveness of his own party.

  • Warriors rally for 4th straight win

    The Patoka baseball team has proven it can blow opponents out.

    But on Tuesday, the Warriors showed they can win the tight ones as well.

    After cruising to victory in their previous three games via the 10-run mercy rule, the Warriors pulled out a thriller against St. Elmo, as Cody Wimberly's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh gave Patoka a 4-3 victory.

    Wimberly's big hit came moments after Luke Murfin worked a bases-loaded walk on the eighth delivery he saw against reliever Colton Booher, forcing in the game-tying run.

  • Aggressive play helps Vandals surprise South Central

    One team was coming off its sixth setback in seven games, the latter being a 10-run spanking Saturday at East Alton-Wood River.

    The other team entered the game riding a seven-game unbeaten streak, outscoring its opponents 72-18 during that span.

    Those facts considered, the momentum was clearly in South Central's favor Monday as it hosted Vandalia.

    But you would have never guessed it by what transpired at Lions Field, as Vandalia pulled off a 13-6 upset of the Cougars.

  • PMJ bricks came from old kiln in St. Elmo

    Over the years I have stockpiled bricks, recycling them into sidewalks around my house and garden. These bricks have come from various places in both Fayette and Bond County.

    Those from the home of my great-grandfather Yund, built in l9l5 in St. Paul, Wilberton Township, are bright red and smooth, having been made from clay found in that area and fired in the kiln at Frogtown.

  • Talk on county chairman hike leads to county administrator discussion

    In the five months that he has served as the chairman of the Fayette County Board, Steve Knebel learned why his predecessor recommended a pay hike for the seat as he left office.

    And as the board talked about such a pay raise last Thursday, the discussion on county operations went a little further.

    When Dean Black left the chairmans seat last November, he suggested raising the board leaders monthly salary from $200 to $500. He said such an increase is justified because of the number of meetings and trips required of the chairman as he represents the county.

  • School district still waiting on state funds

    Though the Vandalia School District wont know for another couple months if the state will short the school districts by withholding the final two state funding payments of the fiscal year, Vandalia Superintendent Rich Well isnt holding his breath.

    The general consensus among superintendents in the state is that the more we hear about the states budget deficit, the more likely it is that the states school districts wont receive the 23rd and 24th state aid payments, Well said after Tuesdays meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.