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Today's News

  • Cougars edge Eagles in thriller

    Isaac Grapperhaus was not having a good day.

    The South Central junior had spent much of Friday's game against St. Elmo on the bench with foul trouble. And when he was on the floor, his production was well below his normal standards, as he had just four points and four rebounds heading into the final minute of play.

    So when the 6-foot-5 center reached over a St. Elmo player to coral a Tanner Bushue miss in the closing seconds of a tie game, just about everyone in the building figured he would be whistled for an over-the-back foul.

    But that whistle never came.

  • Thomas George Boggs, 58, Farina

    Thomas George Boggs, 58, of Farina, died at 5:25 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Doctors Nursing and Rehab Center in Salem.

    Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. There is no visitation.

    Mr. Boggs was born on Aug. 7, 1949, in Vandalia, the son of Louis F. Strawberry and Dorothy Mary Campbell Boggs.

    He was an electronic technician with the U.S. Postal Service in Effingham, and had served in the U.S. Army from 1970-86.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 20

    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.

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

    Saturday, December 22

    eoe" There will be no open gym at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia. Open gym will resume on Saturday, Dec. 29.

    Sunday, December 23

  • Christmas Eve Service at Brownstown

    Brownstown First Christian Church, along with Liberty Christian Church, will host a Christmas

    Eve Service at 6 p.m. on Monday at Brownstown First Christian Church, located at the corner of First and Poplar Streets in Brownstown.

    The community is welcome to attend this special service, which will include Christmas carols,

    congregational singing, special music, a message by Liberty's minister, Dan Wagner, and an

    observance of the Lord's Supper. For more information, contact the church at 618.427.3687.

  • Santa at Temple Baptist this Sunday

    Due to inclement weather, Santa Claus had to cancel his visit to Temple Baptist Church last Sunday. He will visit the church this Sunday.Santa will be at the church at 4:30 p.m. in his Jingle Buggy, offering rides to children of all ages.

    Hot chocolate, cookies and candy will be served.

    The public is invited.

    The church is located at Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia school levy OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved an aggregate tax levy totaling $3,291,947. That amount is nearly $151,590 (4.83 percent) more than last year.

    To generate that amount, the tentative tax rate is 3.6064, down slightly from last years rate of 3.6088.

    In the proposed levy, the major category increases are $78,454 in educational, $35,178 in tort immunity, $21,319 in operations and maintenance, and $8,528 in transportation.

  • McCarron, Indians spoil Eagles title hopes

    There are names that have attained four-letter-word status in certain communities.

    Don Denkinger in St. Louis. Brett Favre in Chicago. Bill Buckner and Aaron Boone in Boston.

    Kieffer McCarron's name might have achieved such infamy in St. Elmo Saturday after what he did to the Eagles in the championship of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    The Altamont guard was simply spectacular in crushing the host team's championship aspirations, as he scored 33 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field in the Indians' 74-60 victory.

  • Hillsboro rallies to hand Lady Vandals their first loss

    The Lady Vandals' disappointment was palpable Thursday as they walked off the court following a 57-46 setback to state-ranked Pana.

    For good reason.

    They had just watched the Lady Panthers escape VCHS with a victory for the third straight time, doing so, once again, by rallying from a second-half deficit.

    But as the team emerged from the locker room after taking a moment to let their first setback of the season sink in, a sense of pride and optimism was just as evident.

  • Vandals still searching for first win

    Mitch Johnson had just completed a Vandalia comeback from a nine-point first-half deficit with a putback that tied the game at 27 early in the second half.

    Carlyle, having fallen in love with the 3-point shot after making three of its first six attempts early, had just seen its 10th-consecutive heave from beyond the arc clang off the rim.

    Barring something unforeseen, Vandalia appeared to have the edge down the stretch at home Tuesday night.

  • Merry Christmas!

    As the above editorial indicates, Caring and Sharing has done many good things for needy residents of Fayette County. But it's not alone.

    Many other acts of charity and many holiday activities have been performed by other local groups.

    It's a characteristic of our community that we've grown to expect. The people of Vandalia – and all of Fayette County, for that matter – are a very giving lot. It's one quality that makes this a special place to live.

    This week, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we are reminded of the importance of that giving spirit.