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Today's News

  • In these troubled times, we must stay alert, awake

    I have never been one to predict a date for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We all know of those who have made predictions, and ended up looking rather foolish!

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Trauma on the Homestead
    (Or ‘A Close Encounter of the Worst Kind’)
    Katy, the new Homestead (puppy) Critter, seems to have a talent for escaping her pen (which is plenty roomy, has a gazebo, and a good view of the house and the goings-on, thereof).
    The first time, she learned to unfasten the gate. The second time, she dug a hole under the fence. The good thing is, both times she stayed near the house, although we weren’t home and as she hadn’t seemed to bother anything or anybody, there seemed to be no real problem … we thought.

  • Frogtown News

    Open House
    The children of Lloyd and Joan Schaal of St. Peter hosted an open house for their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Several friends and family were in attendance.
    Baptisms
    Kaly Grace and Ella Karyne Benning, daughters of Matthew and Tina Bennin of St. Peter, were baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Kaly’s sponsors are Mike and Tammy Sasse, and Ella’s sponsors are Lucas Benning and Sally Emerick.
    Weekend Visitors

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 29

  • Changes to area sports schedule

    Due to the recent rains, several games have been rescheduled around the area.

    So far reported are:

    •South Central baseball vs. Windsor is now on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. in Kinmundy.

    •St. Elmo baseball vs. Neoga is now on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. -- THIS GAME HAS BEEN CANCELED

    •Vandalia soccer vs. Greenville is now on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

  • NTC Tournament schedule released

    The schedule for this season's National Trail Conference baseball tournament has been released.

    Games will start on Friday, with two local teams in action.

    South Central has the No. 1 seed in the event.

    Friday, Sept. 28
    •Game 1: 4 p.m. – (9) Brownstown at (8) Dieterich
    •Game 2: 4 p.m. – (10) Beecher City at (7) St. Elmo

  • Senior Spotlight: Jeff Lucken

    At just 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Vandalia senior Jeff Lucken isn’t a typical football lineman.

    But he doesn’t care.

    The list of successful football players of Asian decent is short.

    But he doesn’t care.

    Some of the biggest rivals in the South Central Conference will bring offensive linemen with much more girth.

    But, again, he doesn’t care.

    And why should he?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured about 35 years ago, grew up in the Vandalia area.

  • Despite fumbles, Vandals win for homecoming

    The Vandals scored on their first offensive play of the game, and despite losing seven fumbles after that, Vandalia still came away with a big 47-6 win against Litchfield last Friday in front a large homecoming crowd.

    Senior Alex Newsom rushed nearly untouched for 49 yards on the first play. It was the third time he has gained more than 30 yards on Vandalia's first play this season.

  • Football notes: Vandals can become playoff eligible

    Following this Friday’s game against Hillsboro, the Vandals hope to be playoff eligible.

    Carrying a 4-1 record into the game, Vandalia will be in search of its fifth win to put a check mark next to the season’s first big goal.

    “That is one of our goals, and then we start working for seeding after that,” said coach John Stout. “It’s a big game for us on Friday night.”