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Today's News

  • Mad Dog Donations

    The Mad Dog Motorcycle Club again presented a large donation of toys to Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christopher N. Mason, 35, 1008 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, turned himself in on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a civil matter. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Daniel R. Tedrick, 28, 817 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 15 for failure to appear in court on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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
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    Friday, Dec. 19

  • Area boys roundup: Ramsey boys earn close win

    RAMSEY — A big fourth quarter propelled Ramsey to a 51-49 come-from-behind win over Cowden-Herrick on Friday.
    The Rams trailed 36-30 entering the fourth quarter. But Ramsey outscored Cowden-Herrick, 21-13, in the final frame to pull out the win.
    Brady Reiss and Michael Camez scored 11 points apiece for the Rams.

    Ramsey 51, Cowden-Herrick 49
    CH  11   15   10    13   — 49
    RA  11   10     9    21   — 51

  • Gillespie uses big run to get past Vandalia's boys

    GILLESPIE —A long layoff may have caught up with the Vandalia Vandals.
    The Vandals returned to action after nearly two weeks off and suffered a 70-62 loss at Gillespie on Friday night.
    The Vandals hadn't played since Nov. 29, when they finished the Canton Tournament. And after a solid first quarter, the rust showed in the second period, as the Vandals could only watch as the Miners went on a 17-0 run to pull away for good.

  • Vandals come up short at Carlyle

    CARLYLE —  As Saturday night's game with Carlyle played out, two key factors emerged.
    The host Indians dominated the boards, getting second and third chances again and again with offensive rebounds while holding the visiting Vandals to one and done on the other end.
    And as simple as it sounds, the Vandals just couldn't get enough shots to fall.
    The result of both of those factors was another loss for the Vandals. Carlyle knocked off Vandalia, 66-48, on Saturday night.

  • Vandals split wrestling duals at Shelbyville

    SHELBYVILLE — Two early-season tests.
    That's one way to look at last Wednesday's wrestling duals at Shelbyville High School.
    And for the Vandalia Vandals, the results were mixed.
    Shelbyville defeated Vandalia, 39-24.
    But the Vandals ended the night on a positive note by beating Taylorville, 52-19.
    The dual with Shelbyville was the most intense one of the night, and the hosts were able to secure some close wins to knock off the Vandals.

  • Area girls roundup: BSE girls finish strong, top South Central

    FARINA — A strong second quarter gave the Brownstown/St. Elmo Lady Bombers the lead. A solid fourth quarter secured a win.
    Brownstown/St. Elmo earned a 41-28 girls basketball victory over South Central last Thursday night.
    South Central held an 8-6 lead after one period of play, but Brownstown/St. Elmo went on an 11-3 run in the second quarter to take a 17-11 lead into intermission.
    The third period was nearly even, and BSE was clinging to a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

  • Lady Rams run past Hornets

    RAMSEY — The Ramsey Lady Rams converted steals into layups again and again in the second half to secure a 37-25 win over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday night.
    Several easy buckets late in the game turned a close one into a double-digit victory for the hosts, who were playing for the first time in two weeks.
    With active hands and quick guards, Ramsey was able to pressure the visiting Hornets into several turnovers in the second half. Many of those Cowden-Herrick turnovers led directly to layups.

  • Lady Vandals heading to Mattoon Tournament

    The Vandalia Lady Vandals will be among the teams competing at the 36th Annual Mattoon Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament.
    The tourney is scheduled for Dec. 26, 27 and 29.
    Galesburg is the defending champion. The tourney schedule is below.

    Mattoon Christmas Tournament
    Dec. 26 games
    Olney vs. Sullivan, 8:30 a.m.
    Salem vs. Galesburg, 10 a.m.
    Mattoon vs. Effingham St. Anthony, 11:30 a.m.
    Vandalia vs. MacArthur, 1 p.m.
    Galesburg vs. Olney, 3 p.m.
    Sullivan vs. Salem, 4:30 p.m.