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Today's News

  • NEW: 11 a.m., Friday: Vandalia School Board approves more than $900,000 in cuts

    In response to dwindling state funds and ongoing financial pressures, the Vandalia Board of Education on Wednesday approved wide-ranging cuts that will trim more than $910,000 from the district’s $14 million budget. The cuts will take effect in the 2013-14 school year, which begins July 1.

    Though the cutbacks will be felt throughout the district, the impact will be most pronounced in the personnel area (a reduction of about $400,000, or 44 percent of the total cuts) and in athletics (a reduction of nearly $127,000, or 14 percent of the total cuts).

  • Lady Vandals win season finale; set for regional tournament

    Senior Amber Bruno had 29 points, and the Lady Vandals used a 25-point fourth quarter to beat Carlinville, 58-50, on Thursday in a South Central Conference matchup and the regular-season finale.

    Vandalia (10-17, 3-6 SCC) will travel to Cumberland on Monday to begin play in the regional tournament. The Lady Vandals face Cumberland at 7:30 p.m.

    At halftime, Vandalia held a 24-21 edge, but the Lady Cavaliers went ahead by two going to the fourth quarter before the scoring outburst from the Lady Vandals.

  • Eighth-graders fight back from 14-point deficit but fall in regional title game

    GREENVILLE — The Jr. Vandals faced a 14-point deficit with 5:05 remaining Thursday's regional championship game, and though they cut that lead down to four points exactly four minutes later, there wasn't enough time to get the win.

    Roxana used a balanced effort on offense and defense, and took advantage of some Vandalia mistakes to take a 42-37 win in the Class 3A regional finals at Greenville Junior High.

  • Vandals receive No. 2 regional seed; Patoka No. 3, St. Elmo No. 4

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team received the No. 2 seed in the Hillsboro Regional.

    Teutopolis received the top seed, and Nos. 3-6 are Litchfield, St. Anthony, Greenville and Hillsboro.

    The tournament sechedule is expected to be announced this afternoon by the Illinois High School Association.

    At the St. Elmo Regional, the Eagles have earned the No. 4 seed behind Nokomis, Altamont and Cowden-Herrick. Other teams there are Beecher City, Brownstown and Ramsey.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “Sneaky Pete,” the Wily Wolf is back!!!
    Sneaky Pete, the wily wolf, is back! Last Tuesday (Jan. 22), early morning, Katy, the black Lab/blue heeler mix, was barking ferociously, which I ignored as I was writing.
    When Rhonda and Blackie (hens) began squawking loudly, I went to check and saw the wolf, Sneaky Pete, coming up in the back yard, toward the house, evidently interested in the chickens.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, February 2
    • St. Elmo Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    Monday, February 4
    • The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Tuesday, February 5
    • Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
    • Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Wednesday, February 6
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, February 7

  • 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.