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Today's News

  • VES Pick of the Litter

    The latest group of Vandalia Elementary School students honored for such things as positive behavior and attitude are pictured.

    In front, from left to right, are Cayden Hipsher, Lane Fickes, Kobi Stokes, Dawsyn Evans and Ellika Whiteman. In back are Cassidy Anderson, Eli Beck, Isabella Eller, Nolan White, Hayley Wodtka, Macie Zumwalt and Isabelle Daiber.

  • BHS State Scholars

    Three of the four Illinois State Scholars at Brownstown High School are pictured.

    From left are Kaity Yorde, Matt Sefton and Kayla Black. Not present for the photo was Shelby Rine.

  • Students Help Load Donations
  • Wedding

    Michaela Tarr and Nathan Oldfield, both of Lansing, Mich., were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Grand Ledge Country Club in Grand Ledge, Mich., with Judge Stewart Newblatt officiating.

  • Card Shower

    Ruth Murfin
    Ruth Murfin of Vandalia will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 21.
    She was born on Dec. 21, 1912, in Patoka, and she and the late Donald Murfin were married on Jan. 7, 1931, in Carlyle.

  • Tea Party elects officers

    The Effingham area Tea Party elected officers at its meeting last week.
    The new president is Todd Slingerland of Altamont. David Schaefer of Beecher City is the secretary, and Jane Willenborg of Effingham is the returning treasurer.
    The party's next meeting will feature a former Effingham County Board chairman. The topic will be real estate taxes.
    The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Culver's in Effingham.
    New members are always welcome.

  • Wrestlers lose tough match to Civic Memorial

    The Vandal wrestling team lost a close match to Civic Memorial, 37-36, on Wednesday.

    Vandalia (3-3) earned forfeits in the four heaviest classes, but otherwise only won with pins from Zach Jackson (160) and Jake Stewart (170), two of the team's best wrestlers so far this season.

    The dual was the varsity's final event until the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge in Champaign on Dec. 27-28.

  • Mad Dogs Break Toys for Tots Donation Record
  • Ameren Kicks Off Y Program
  • Tharp pushes Cougars to upset in St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    ST. ELMO — Fischer Tharp was on a mission Wednesday night at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    Scoring 32 points, he led No. 6 South Central to a 52-48 upset win against third-seeded Cowden-Herrick in the 53rd annual event and secured his team a spot in the championship semifinals on Friday night at 7:45 p.m.

    There, the Cougars will meet No. 2 Altamont, which beat seventh-seeded Ramsey, 61-31, on Wednesday.