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Today's News

  • 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.

  • College Graduates

    Life Christian University
    Marcia Curry Haslett received a bachelor’s degree from Life Christian University in Tampa, Fla., this summer.
    Haslett has been attending a satellite school in Swansea and on Sunday, June 26, the graduation was celebrated by graduates, families and friends of the Life Bible Institute, hosted by Life Church. Shirley Curry of Vandalia attended.
    Haslett is the daughter of Shirley Curry and the late Jim Curry of Vandalia.

  • Schaal part of successful LLC judging team

    The 2010-2011 Lake Land College livestock judging team has had a memorable season, winning seven of 11 competitions.

  • St. Elmo Schools set registration

    Registration days for St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School will be:
    • Aug. 1 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Aug. 2 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Aug. 1 – 6-8 p.m. – Seventh-grade orientation/registration for all seventh-grade students and parents.
    All students, including those new to the district and district students who attend classes in Vandalia, should register at that time.

  • Get out and play

    More than 300 youngsters have participated in baseball or softball through the Fayette County Family YMCA this summer.

    Despite bad weather at times, 304 youths took the field this season, which is nearing its finish.

    Due to the rising popularity of traveling teams, however, that number is about 100 fewer than the YMCA had just two years ago.

    Nonetheless, Amber Daulbaugh, who was hired as the program director at the Y on June 20, still said that she was pleased to see so many children participating in something active and competitive this summer.