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Today's News

  • Rams fall in first two games of SEHT

    ST. ELMO – Ramsey held a 15-14 lead against No. 2 Altamont in the first round of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament last Wednesday.

    But that was the last lead the seventh-seeded Rams would have the Indians held them to just 14 second-half points in a 61-61 victory.

    Junior Tylor Knisley had 11 points to lead Ramsey (1-6), and senior Colton Hunt had a team-best seven rebounds.

  • PHOTO: SEHT All-Tournament Team

    The St. Elmo Holiday Tournament all-tournament team is pictured.

  • Prep Roundup (Dec. 20)

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Dec. 18
    Brownstown 48
    Altamont 43
    A: 13-18-12-10—43
    B: 12-4-17-15—48
    Points: Oberlink, 12; Pruett, 12; Hill, 9; Austin, 6; Bone, 5; Fitch, 2.
    Record: 6-6 (2-2 NTC)

    Thursday, Dec. 13
    Neoga 55
    Brownstown 39
    B: 7-8-15-9—39
    N: 4-11-22-18—55
    Points: Hill, 19; Oberlink, 9; Austin, 5; Pruett, 5; Bone, 1.
    Record: 5-6 (1-2 NTC)

  • Subordinate Clauses

    The three children of Troy and Christina Payne – Eva, Autumn and Eli – helped out at the Caring & Sharing distribution on Saturday by handing out candy canes to families receiving Christmas baskets.

  • Schumachers continue in role of Clauses

    Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus’s pre-Christmas headquarters appear to be at the home of Al and Suzanne Schumacher, for Mrs. Claus graciously answered the door and appeared very comfortable and at ease in the Schumacher home.

  • Gottman, Stout file for mayor

    It’s official – Vandalia will have a mayoral race in April.
    Rick Gottman, who will seek a fourth mayoral term in the spring, was among the municipal candidates turning in petitions as the filing period for the April election began on Monday.
    Petitions for the spring elections are being accepted through the end of the day on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
    Also filing for the mayoral race on Monday was Brian Stout, who announced in August his plans to run for the city’s top office.

  • School officials began talks on possible cuts

    The Vandalia Board of Education, at a two-hour retreat prior to its monthly meeting on Tuesday, began laying the groundwork for potential cuts in the district’s 2013-14 budget.
    Though Superintendent Rich Well characterized the retreat as a “number-crunching” meeting, he emphasized that no specific cuts have been discussed or determined.
    “We’re still in the conversation mode,” he said following the school board meeting. “After the first of the year, we’ll start making specific plans.

  • School security reviewed

    In the wake of last Friday’s shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, Vandalia school officials are reviewing their security practices and emergency procedures.
    “It certainly produces a heightened sense of urgency about the dangers,” said Superintendent of Schools Rich Well. “It makes you realize that we’re as vulnerable as the next school.”
    Law enforcement officials in Newtown, Conn., are still trying to piece together a motive that caused 20-year-old Adam Lanza to kill 26 people – 20 of them children.

  • City delays action on water pact

    Vandalia aldermen decided to postpone action on a possible third water source for the city after hearing concerns from several people living just outside the city.
    The city council tabled an agreement with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. after a public hearing caused aldermen to look at a possible addition to that agreement.
    During the public hearing, several people living in the Thrill Hill area told city officials that they are concerned that two wells drilled by Kaskaskia Springs could cause their private wells to go dry.

  • St. Elmo Holiday Tournament to feature title game rematch

    It will be a rematch in the title game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament after Altamont defeated South Central 66-33 in the championship semifinals on Friday night.

    St. Elmo already locked in its spot in the title game after beating Beecher City on Thursday.

    The Eagles beat the Indians to win last season's tournament, and the top two seeds will begin play at about 8 p.m. Saturday night to settle this year's event.

    In the third-place game, which is slated to begin at about 6:30 p.m., South Central will face Beecher City.