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Today's News

  • New teachers' contract approved

    One week after teachers in the Vandalia district approved a new one-year contract, the Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday also OK’d the pact.

    Both sides agreed to a contract that gives teachers a 2 percent raise and offers more options for health insurance. Though no increase was granted in the benefits package to cover additional health insurance premiums, the district made available two higher-deductible plans that will lower teachers’ premium payments. The teachers previously had only two plans from which to choose.

  • Vandals beat EAWR in opener

    WOOD RIVER — Four players scored touchdowns to help the Vandalia High School football team win its season-opener at East Alton-Wood River on Friday, 27-6.

    Seniors Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick, and juniors Tim Ritchey and Ryan Ambuehl each scored for the Vandals during the game, which was the fifth straight win against the Oilers.

    EAWR scored toward the end of the second quarter, but did not threaten during the third or fourth.

    A full recap of the game will appear in the Sept. 1 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Football scheduling changes

    The Vandalia JV football game scheduled for Monday has been relocated, and the freshman football game scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

    The Vandals JV squad on Monday was scheduled to play Greenville at home, but due to the ongoing construction of the all-weather track, the game has been moved to Greenville.

    On Thursday, the freshmen were scheduled to play at home against Carlinville, but the game has been canceled.

  • Frogtown News

    Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)
    Mr. O. (“O” for ornery) Possum is the most likely candidate, but they are usually known to be nocturnal critters, we thought. However, I remember during a lot of ice and snow one winter, a very big, fat possum came up to our ground-level bird feeder to eat scraps in broad daylight.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 24
    • Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Week 1 at EAWR

    The Vandalia High School football team on Friday night opens its season at East Alton-Wood River.

    Vandalia, which finished last season 4-5 and defeated the Oiliers, 24-21, with a last-second field goal in week one, return several starters this season, including senior running back Levi Ulmer and senior linebacker Blake Mills.

    They, combined with the rest of the veterans, are expected to build a strong core that will allow the Vandals to better their 2010 record and move back into the top half of the South Central Conference.

  • Beginning quilting class at KC Vandalia

    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a beginning quilting class at the Vandalia Campus.
    This class will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 31 and ending Sept. 14. The registration number is COED 5440 VA01D.
    This class will examine all of the necessary tools for hand- and machine-piecing of quilt blocks. Each week, the tools and their use will be demonstrated, as well as students putting the cut fabric pieces into a block.

  • KC to offer CNA class at Vandalia Campus

    Kaskaskia College will offer a certified nurse assistant class at Vandalia Campus.
    The classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings, as well as Saturdays, beginning Sept. 7 and ending Nov. 21.
    Class sessions will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Mondays; 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.   The six clinical days may be different than regular class days and times.
    The nurse assistant course is a seven credit hour class that includes classroom and laboratory experiences.

  • College News

    Ehrat on Millikin
    dance team

    The Millikin University dance team, "The Sapphires," earned two awards at the recent Universal Dance Association College Camp, qualifying them for the UDA Nationals.
    The Sapphires won a second-place trophy for home routine and earned a superior trophy for overall performance.
    The members of the team include Ellie Ehrat of Shobonier, a 2011 graduate of Vandalia Community High School.

    Mather graduates
    from Baker College