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Today's News

  • Extension changes

    Budgetary cuts by University of Illinois Extension have resulted in changes at the Fayette County office.
    Those changes include a reduction in the hours of operation, with the Fayette County Extension Office now open Wednesday through Friday.
    “These changes will allow us to continue supporting 4-H and other educational programs, while reducing administrative costs,” said Rachelle Hollinshead, Extension director for Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.

  • Little Miss Fayette County Court

    Emma Smith, seated, was named the 2011 Little Miss Fayette County on Monday.

    In front, from left, are: 2010 Little Miss Marissa Summers; Aubrey Hebenstreit, second runner-up; Smith; and Morgan Lofland,  first runner-up. In back are 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin and 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County Brooke Mayfield.

  • Junior Miss Fayette County Court

    Brooke Mayfield of Brownstown, seated, was named the 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County queen on Sunday.

    In front, from left, are Mayfield and 2010 Little Miss Marissa Summers. In back are Karington Smothers, second runner-up; 2010 Junior Miss Jaedyn Worker; Karsyn Garrison, first runner-up and People's Choice winner; and 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin. Jensen Hollinshead won the Miss Congeniality Award, and Mayfield won Most Photogenic.

  • Miss Fayette County Court

    Marisa Thomason of Brownstown, seated, was named the 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday.

    In front, from left, are: Marissa Summers; 2010 Little Miss; Thomason; and 2011 Little Miss Emma Smith. In back are: second runner-up Ella Ehrat; 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin; 2011 Junior Miss Brooke Mayfield; and first runner-up Abigail Hill. Hill was also named Miss Congeniality and People's Choice. Kathleen Rebbe won Miss Photogenic.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Student orientation
    Kaskaskia College invites its new students to attend a new student orientation.
    The free program is designed to introduce students to information and contacts important for a successful start of their college experience.  Information about services and activities and classroom success strategies will be included.
    Students who attend this program traditionally perform better in college than those who do not.
    A session will be held Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9-11 a.m. at the KC Crisp Technology Center.

  • Local teacher participates in writing project

    More than 3,000 kindergarten through college teachers across the country will dedicate four weeks of their summer break to learning new strategies to improve their students’ writing skills.
    These teachers will study the latest research and effective classroom practices in summer institutes at more than 200 National Writing Project (NWP) sites on college campuses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • KC Radiologic Technology Graduates

    The 2011 graduates of the Kaskaskia College’s radiologic technology program are pictured.

  • KC offers financial aid assistance

    Kaskaskia College students are reminded that it is not too late to apply for financial aid.
    Fall classes begin Aug. 22, and students still have time to meet enrollment deadlines.
    Students are encouraged to attend the FAFSA Friday workshop on Aug. 5 hosted by the Kaskaskia College Financial Aid Office, from 1-3 p.m. in room L-102 on the KC main campus.
    The purpose of this event is to help college-bound students who need to complete and submit the 2011-12 free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 14

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • Dean's Lists

    Marian University
    Joseph Maher, a resident of Vandalia and a Catholic studies major, was among 390 students who qualified for the Marian University dean’s list during the spring 2011 semester.
    A student whose grade-point average is 3.5 or above, who was enrolled in at least 12 semester hours and has not earned any incompletes in the semester is eligible to be named to the dean’s list.