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Today's News

  • VES Holiday Event

    Brylee Conway gets help from her aunt, Shelby Manuel, while drafting a Letter to Santa at the VES Winter Wonderland.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Amanda and Belinda enjoyed Christmas shopping in Tuscola on Saturday. Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., also spent the weekend to deer hunt with Dane.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 188.
    Jamie Lotz was the organist. Dennis Wollin served as acolyte. Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin were attending elders.
    There will be no Saturday evening services in December.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending can take food or donation for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 12

  • Lady Vandals earn overtime win

    CENTRALIA — A great finish definitely made up for a poor start for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
    Vandalia's girls got it done in crunch time, pulling out an exciting 56-53 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran in overtime on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals overcame a double-digit deficit with a late rally to force overtime. The visitors then held off the Silver Stallions in the extra period.

  • TOURNEY CHAMPS

    BETHALTO — The trip to Bethalto produced quite of a bit of hardware for the Vandalia Vandals.
    With six wrestlers in title matches, the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team took first place at the 2014 Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
    "I thought we did a real nice job," Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said. "We looked pretty good. We attacked more. We faced some good opponents, and we had some good individual performances."

  • Vandalia girls fall to state-ranked Birds

    PIASA — One bad quarter.
    That was all it took to turn a close game into a blowout.
    Southwestern-Piasa used a big third-quarter to get past the Vandalia Lady Vandals, 50-32, on Saturday.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by only four at halftime, but the Birds went on a 16-2 run in the third quarter to pull away for good.
    In the third period, the Lady Vandals simply went cold from the field, misfiring again and again. A few turnovers also proved costly for the visitors.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past Miners

    A suffocating full-court pressure defense and Emma Meyer's offensive outburst led the Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team to a convincing 52-40 victory over Gillespie on Thursday night.
    The Lady Vandals had visiting Gillespie out of sorts from the start, trapping and pressing the Lady Miners into turnover after turnover.

  • Cain leads Patoka past South Central

    FARINA — Joey Eddy had been waiting for a performance like this.
    Eddy's Patoka High School boys basketball team put it all together in a 63-48 victory over South Central on Monday night.
    "It's a big win for us because it's a rivalry win," Eddy said. "When you're at Patoka, it's a big win if you beat South Central."
    This one was all Patoka, as the Warriors raced out to a big lead by the early stages of the second period.

  • Area Boys Basketball Roundup

    Patoka knocks off Mulberry Grove

  • Aces win on Goodin's buzzer-beater

    MULBERRY GROVE — Alex Goodin's buzzer-beater capped off a furious comeback.
    It also gave the Mulberry Grove boys basketball team a thrilling 53-52 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday night.
    Christ Our Rock had a 10-point halftime lead, 31-21.
    At one point in the second half, the Silver Stallions had a 17-point advantage.
    CORL held a 42-34 lead entering the fourth period, but the Aces went on a 19-10 run to finish the game.