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Today's News

  • South Central falls in another close one

    ST. ELMO – It was another close game for South Central, but the Cougars still couldn’t come away with a win.

    In its third game decided by three points or fewer this season, South Central on Saturday fell to Beecher City, 38-36, in the fifth-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Coach Rick Simmons said that the Cougars likely won’t be able to win those close games until someone establishes himself as the team’s go-to player.

  • Prep scores and schedule (Dec. 22)

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Dec. 20
    Brownstown 75
    Odin 53
    OHS: 11-14-15-13—53
    BHS: 19-19-25-14—75
    Points: Colten Hunter, 21; Austin Hunter, 19; Jacob Behrends, 13; Matt Sefton, 9; Jordan Evans, 6; Nick Reeder, 5; Eric Gurtner, 2; Frailey, 2.
    Record: 5-7
    Odin: G. Wood had 19 points.

  • Vandalia wrestlers defeat Civic Memorial; prepping for St. Thomas More Challenge

    The Vandalia wrestling team defeated Civic Memorial last Thursday, 58-21, by recording five pins.

    Junior Sean Newcomb had the fastest pin for the Vandals, with a 37-second defeat of Quintin Wade at 220 pounds. Sophomore C.J. Runkel was right behind with a 41-second pin of Zach Klocke at 145 pounds.

    Senior Daniel Edwards (160), junior Zach Jackson (170) and freshman Trenton Kinworthy (182) also had pins for Vandalia.

  • Junior High Hoops

    The Jr. Vandals battled Litchfield on Monday.

  • YMCA Basketball Clinic A Success

    The Fayette County Family YMCA recently concluded its basketball clinics, which served as a precursor to the organization's basketball league that will begin in January.

    A total of 63 kids took part in the clinics, which ended on Saturday and focused on the development of basic basketball skills.

    Program Director Amber Daulbaugh said the kids who attended enjoyed themselves and improved their individual skills.

    There are 86 kids signed up for the basketball league, which is split into two divisions – grades 1-2 and grades 3-5.

  • Christmas Music at Bethel Baptist

    A Christmas musical performance, held Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, included several area musicians.

    Shown here are Pete Sutherland, Ed Taylor and Marla Ainscough. Also on the program were Shirley Eddy, the Fourgiven Quartet, Bailey and Cassidy Jones, Jamie and Amy Manasco, and two choirs from Bethel Baptist Church. Norris Price emceed the event. 

  • Evergreen Outreach Dec. 15, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    Ho! Ho! Ho! Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have your shopping done? Is the house decorated. Are the cards sent? Are you so busy that you sometimes forget the reason for Christmas? God sent his son, Jesus, or there would not be a reason for Christmas.
    It was wonderful seeing Donna Smith at the piano again, playing some of her many songs. Donna had lost her dear husband, Gail, recently, so it was good to see her back at Evergreen Outreach.
    Cookies were donated by the United Methodist Women and drinks were served.

  • John the Baptist – no identity crisis with him

    On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Awake, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings of the King of Kings.
    (Advent Hymn)

    John the Baptist did not have an identity crisis, but evidently the people around him did.  John knew very well who he was and what his life was all about; those around him seemed quite puzzled, though.

  • Farm Briefs

    Shimkus opposes
    dust regulations

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) supported legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.  The bill, Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (HR 1633), passed the House last Thursday with bipartisan support.

  • Farm Bureau annual meeting

    The Illinois Farm Bureau is home to a wealth of fond and familiar traditions, first and foremost being the promotion and support of agricultural and farming traditions.
    Yet, for many Illinois farmers, the tradition that means the most is the grassroots, member-driven decision making that stems from the IFB’s annual meeting. Each year, Illinois farmers gather during the first week of December to meet, discuss issues facing agriculture and set policy for the coming year.