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Today's News

  • Area residents feel earthquake

    Though no damage has been reported in the area, most Fayette County residents reported feeling an earthquake that shook parts of several states.

    The epicenter of that quake was near Mt. Carmel, which is about 125 miles southeast of Vandalia.

    Many news outlets were reporting that the quake, which occurred at 4:36 a.m., measured 5.4 on the Richter Scale, but the U.S. Geological Survey reported it as being a 5.2 quake as of 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

  • GED Classes to be Offered at Crisp Center

    Kaskaskia College will offer two free G.E.D. (General Education Development) Review classes at the Crisp Center located at Rt. 161 and Airport Road in Centralia beginning in April and May.

    A session will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning April 28. Another session will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning May 6.

  • 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.