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Today's News

  • FBC Team Kids Kickoff

    About 100 kids took part in the "Team Kids Kickoff" last Wednesday evening at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    The event included blow-up toys, a dunking booth (featuring youth pastor Matt Philbrick and the Rev. Robert Weaver getting dunked), games and all types of things to eat (pizza, sno cones, cotton candy and cookies). The activities were held in the parking lot at the church. Pictured with some of the children are bus drivers Jennifer Ellis and Kenneth Fleming.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Sept. 15, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    The season is changing, and many activities are competing for our time and attention. Schedules and routines are now in order.
    As they entered Wesley Hall, Evergreen Outreach guests were greeted by the music of Donna Smith, who provided a variety of piano selections. She accompanied the Rev. Jim Fackler, who started the program with the “Welcome" and "E.O.” songs.

  • Church Briefs

    Ramsey series under way at Parkview

    The final introductory meeting for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University series will be held this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    The 13-week series will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church. Last week's introductory meeting and this week's first meeting are free and open to the public. The series is part of a national campaign called “The Great Recovery.”
    The average participating family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 during the course.

  • If God is for us, who can be against us?

    When we look around this world, we see all kinds of suffering – fires, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms of nature and, sadly, man-made storms.

  • Senior Spotlight: Morgan Miller

    ST. ELMO – Much like when the blades of a windmill rotate in the breeze, when Ramsey senior Morgan Miller winds up to spike down a kill or serve an ace, there is a certain energy that can be created.

    And while the electricity created by a windmill can be quantified, the energy Miller creates with a big play or a word of encouragement is invaluable to the Lady Rams.

  • Vandals take down Roxana for homecoming victory

    The Vandals had three scores of at least 50 yards last Friday while piling up more than 300 rushing yards in a 42-6 rout of Roxana to earn their seventh straight homecoming victory.

    Senior Levi Ulmer broke free for touchdown runs of 57 and 50 yards en route to a 132-yard effort for the game, and fellow senior Bryan Hosick dashed to the end zone on a 60-yard play as part of his 105-yard night.

    Luke Smith, a junior, also had a 48-yard run, and Hosick added a 34-yard scamper during the home opener.

  • St. Elmo tops Brownstown at Volley for a Cure

    BROWNSTOWN – St. Elmo swept all three games at the fifth annual Volley for a Cure game against Brownstown on Tuesday.

    The Lady Eagles won the varsity contest, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18,  the JV match, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, and the freshmen/sophomore match, 25-11, 25-16.

    Both coaches, however, knew they were playing for more than wins and losses, as all proceeds from the game went to cancer research.

  • Lady Vandals top Piasa, Greenville

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team put last Tuesday’s loss at Carlinville behind them two days later, storming by Piasa, 25-5, 25-15, last Thursday night to get back on the winning side.

    “It was huge,” said coach Allison Smith. “We worked really hard yesterday in practice on the little things that have hurt us so far this year.”

    Those particulars – such as maintaining effort, moving on defense and serving aggressively – were all displayed during the win against the Lady Birds.

  • Great day for golf

    The Vandals finished first in the match against Litchfield and Christ Our Rock, and individual results from that match and the rest of the week are on Page 3B in the scoreboard.

  • VCHS Inducts Four to Hall of Fame

    The Vandalia Community High School Hall of Fame grew by four last Friday night, as the induction ceremony was held for the 2011 class.