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Today's News

  • Area gives strong support to St. Elmo fundraiser

    Austin Adams has lost his hair, because of chemotherapy treatments he has taken to battle cancer. By late afternoon on Sunday, about 70 people at the St. Elmo Fire Station had similar hairstyles.

    Those individuals who agreed to have their heads shaved did so both as a show of support for Austin and other children with pediatric cancer, and to raise funds to fight that type of cancer.

  • Smoke-Free Act too hazy to work

    What appears to be a poorly drafted piece of legislation has the states restaurant and bar owners enveloped in a cloud of smoke, with no easy way to clear the air.

    The new Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which went into effect the first of the year, attempts to ban smoking in virtually all public areas. Thats good news for those who are bothered by second-hand cigarette smoke. But its extremely confusing for business owners, government officials and law enforcement personnel who are expected to enforce the vague measure.

  • Schools may lose out on state funds

    Though the Vandalia Board of Education dealt with a variety of issues at its monthly meeting Tuesday, an announcement by Superintendent Rich Well about the possibility of diminished state funding was cause for concern among board members and school officials.

    Well told the board that hes hearing from other superintendents and others in the states educational hierarchy that theres a distinct possibility that the state will not make the final two state aid payments of the fiscal year in June.

  • Council's discussions on river intake continue

    For the second time in two weeks, the Vandalia City Council voted on bringing a second engineering firm in to study the new Kaskaskia River water intake. And for the second time in two weeks, the proposal was rejected.

    But support for that proposal, suggested by Alderman Chad Feldpouch, is growing.

    Discussion on the river intake which has been inoperable for lengthy periods since its installation in 2004 was initiated on Monday night by Mayor Rick Gottman, who said he received some phone calls after the councils March 3 meeting.

  • St. Elmo fundraiser generates close to $15,000 for fight against pediatric cancer

    For several years, Bryan Jennings' friends in Northern Illinois had been coming to them for support of their St. Baldrick fundraisers.

    While Jennings was happy to support those events held in the northern part of the state to raise funds for the fight against pediatric cancer, he thought it was time to hold such an event in this area.

    Jennings gained the support of his fellow firefighters on the St. Elmo Fire Department, then he invited the 22 departments that are a part of MABAS 54 (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) to also get involved.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 20

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

    eoe" The Breakfast Optimist Club of Vandalia will meet at 6 p.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All members are urged to attend, because upcoming projects will be discussed.

    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.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • 427-3322 going out of service

    For Brownstown Area Residents – Beginning on April 1, the emergency number of 427-3322 will no longer be in service.

    Residents should dial 911 in emergency situations.

  • Ulmer places 4th at state

    The third time was a charm for Mulberry Grove eighth-grader Levi Ulmer last weekend at the IKWF State Championships.

    Making his third state-tournament appearance, Ulmer came away with his first career state medal, as his fourth-place finish in the Senior 156-pound division led a contingent of four Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club members at the state's annual youth wrestling showcase, held at Rockford's MetroCentre.

    Fellow Jr. Vandals Seth Purcell, Carl Runkel and Trever Pyle also competed at state, but fell in the opening rounds of their respective divisions.

  • Vandal wrestlers dominate all-SCC team

    Twelve of the VCHS wrestling team's 14 starters - including all seven of its seniors - have earned all-South Central Conference accolades.

    Seniors Josh Eller, Kevin Paulding, Cody Pyle, Adam Bowling, Matt Shroyer and Nathan Stone earned first-team honors, while classmate Curtis Hemminghaus was a second-team pick.

    Sophomore Alex Foster also garnered a first-team nod, while classmate Anthony Wernle was a second-team selection along with juniors Zac Ledbetter, Jake Etcheson and Devin Cook.

  • Wasmuth, Johnson earn all-conference honors

    Vandalia Community High School seniors Brenden Wasmuth and Mitch Johnson have both earned all-South Central Conference-East postseason accolades.

    Wasmuth made the league's second team after leading the Vandals in scoring (10.8 ppg) and assists (81). Johnson garnered an honorable mention after finishing second on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and leading the Vandals in rebounding (5.1 per game).

    First-team SCC-East selections were: Pana's Frank Schmitz and Colton Waddington, Greenville's Derek Atchison, Litchfield's Michael Niehaus and Hillsboro's Ryan Reincke.