Today's News

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 23)


    The junior high boys basketball team split a pair of close games against Hillsboro last Thursday.

    The eighth-graders earned a 61-55 victory in double-overtime for their 11th win of the season.

    Marcus Zimmerman’s 24 points paced the Jr. Vandals (11-4), who also got 18 points from Nathan Casey and 10 from Garrett McNary.

    The seventh-graders lost, 51-45, to fall to 7-8.

    Blake Barth led the team with 14 points, and Caleb Slater added 11.


  • For Lady Bombers, 10th win is a big one

    It was the game that everyone on Brownstown/St. Elmo’s roster was waiting for.

    And they got the result they wanted, too.

    BSE scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to rally from an eight-point deficit and beat Altamont, 39-37, last Thursday in a key National Trail Conference matchup.

    Seniors Molly Hill and Bethany Oberlink keyed the comeback, with both making five free throws and two field goals in the final period.

    Hill had 13 points in the game, and Oberlink added 12.

  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Jan. 23)

    The Vandalia Jr. wrestlers traveled to Springfield for the only Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation tournament of the weekend, the 30th annual Jon Davis Kids Open.

    Approximately 1,500 wrestlers took part in the event, and Vandalia had three individual champions.

    In the Elite Division – which includes all participants who qualified for state last season – Tanner Swain claimed the championship in the Novice Elite 101 weight class.

  • Slideways RC (Jan. 18)

    1. Steve Mayberry
    2. Eric Holaday
    3. Rob Gwinn
    4. Don Hatfill
    5. Blaine Pruett
    6. Justin Short
    7. Bryce Pasley
    8. Dawson Barker
    Points (through three weeks)
    1. Steve Mayberry, 210
    2. Rob Gwinn, 203
    3. Blaine Pruett, 200
    4. Don Hatfill,194
    5. Eric Holaday, 173
    6. Dawson Barker, 171
    7. Bryce Pasley, 169
    8. Justin Short, 110
    T-9. Stacey Stewart, 70
    T-9. Kirk Forbis, 70
    11. Mike Clark, 53
    12. Jerod Ramsey, 49

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (Jan. 23)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Shimkus nominates Sefton for academy

    A Brownstown resident is among the 22 area students who Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill., 15th District) has nominated for military academies.

  • Honor Rolls

    Second Quarter
    High Honors – Fourth grade-Annie Chandler and Nathan Grull; fifth grade-Cassi Payne; and sixth grade-Joel Bloemker, Leah Critcheloe, Taralyn Taylor, Makenzie Walk and Brittney Wuehler.
    Honors – Fourth grade-Julianna Berg, Jarrett Graumenz, Kyli Kitchen and Quinton Logan; fifth grade-Olivia Campbell and Jordyn Holman; and sixth grade-Elizabeth Austin, Seth Rees and Max Schraer.

    First Semester

  • College News

    Erin Keely Hines of Maryland Heights, Mo., was among the fall graduates at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., on Dec. 21.

  • Donation to World Vision Ministries

    Students at Mid-America Preparatory School in Herrick display the total that they raised for World Vision Ministries ($877.31).

    This will benefit families and communities in Third-World countries. The students raised the money by doing extra chores for their family two weeks in December, and donated all of their earnings. This money will go to the purchase of a goat, chicken, life-saving medicines, schooling, etc.

  • Box Tops for Education

    Sha Tedrick's kindergarten class at Jefferson Primary School show off the extra Box Tops for Education coupons that JPS received from Walmart.

    Those coupons will generate $250 for the school. The school also collects box tops and send these all in. For 1,000 bonus boxtops, the school receives $100. The money is used to obtain things for classrooms, such as SMART Boards, prizes and LeapPads, and the school has also applied some of the money toward playground equipment. Residents of the community are asked to give Box Tops for Education box tops to the school.