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Today's News

  • Vandalia School Board OKs budget cuts

    The budget cuts approved by the Vandalia Board of Education are presented here in a PowerPoint presentation prepared by district officials.

  • Sheriff's scholarship available

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding more than $53,000 in college scholarships throughout Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2013-14 academic year.
    The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the Illinois.
    Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay will be awarding one $500 scholarship.

  • GED tests, fee changing

    Individuals who began taking the GED® Test since Jan. 1, 2002, and have not yet passed all the tests must complete testing before Dec. 31, or current scores will no longer be valid.
    Those who need to complete the test can call Regional Office of Education No. 3 at 283-5011 (Vandalia), 217-342-4363 (Effingham) or 664-0121 (Greenville), or visit the ROE No. 3 website, www.roe3.org, for more information,
    Those individuals should also be aware that the cost to take the GED® test is increasing in 2014, from $50 to $120, and test requirements are changing.

  • College News

    Washington University
    John Hawthorne of Vandalia, formerly of Ramsey, graduated from the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science in St. Louis, Mo., on May 18 with a master’s degree in information management.

  • Brownstown Elementary School Spelling Bee

    Cassi Payne (first photo) won the Brownstown Elementary School spelling bee last Thursday, edging out five other contestants.

    In the second photo, Kyzara Hissong thinks hard before spelling a word given to her by BES Principal Angela Reeter. In the third photo are the bee contestants; from left to right are Conner Reeter, Payne, Bryton Pruett, Makenzie Walk, Hissong and Amber Sarchet.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Jan. 24 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 20 members and four guests present.
    Guests attending were Kenneth and Angie Hagan, Millie Brooks and Betty Cox. The pledge to the flag was followed by a moment of silence in memory of Dave Crye. Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer.
    President Dean Black welcomed everyone. Laura Mulhern acted as secretary and treasurer, since Elloise Black was unable to attend. The secretary and treasurer report was read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries in January were also read.

  • Card Shower

    Rosalynde Evans
    A card shower has been requested for Rodalynde Chrisman Evans, who will celebrate her 83rd birthday on Feb. 4.
    Cards may be sent to: 11850 Edge Water Drive, Apt. 606, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.

  • VFW Competitions
  • Wedding

    Jennifer Jean Beausang and Wesley Ryan Hoffman, both of Collinsville, were united in marriage in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2012, at Willoughby Heritage Farm in Collinsville, with the Rev. Dan Rush officiating.

  • Seventh-graders lose hard-fought sectional contest

    DIVERNON  — The Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team never let up in Wednesday's sectional game, but hot shooting from Southwestern allowed the Birds to come away with a 44-37 victory.

    Nathan Casey led the Jr. Vandals (16-9) in scoring with a game-high 18 points, and Marcus Zimmerman added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

    Vandalia led 15-13 early in the second quarter, but Southwestern (22-3) used a 10-0 run over the final 2:48 to take a 23-15 halftime lead.