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Today's News

  • Senior Spotlight: Abby Hickerson

    Playing alongside Callie George in her doubles match against Roxana on Monday, Vandalia senior Abby Hickerson scored two authoritative points.

    Leading 5-0, Hickerson was playing close to the net, and when a Roxana player hit a short floater, Hickerson slammed the ball at a sharp angle to bounce it out of play.

    Later when leading 6-1, Hickerson again had a floater up front, but she blasted it at a lesser angle and it zoomed toward the baseline, skipping ever so slightly just before sneaking out of bounds.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Smith family are shown in a photo taken recently.

    In front are: Robin Hobler, grandmother; and Lenore Parkison, great-great-grandmother, holding Raygan Marie Hobler. In back are: Anna Hobler, Raygan's mother; and Carolyn Grames, great-grandmother.

  • Reunions

    Hopper
    The annual Hopper family reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the North Loudon Townhouse, just north of Wright’s Corner, with a potluck dinner at noon.
    Those attending are asked to take a covered dish to share. Drinks and tableware will be provided.
    If you have any questions, call 217-821-8202.

    Garrison

    The Garrison family reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the St. Elmo City Park, with 35 present.

  • Anniversary

    Norman and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Vandalia Days Inn.

  • Vandalia tennis team gets strong doubles play but falls to Roxana

    The Lady Vandals definitely had a chance to defeat Roxana for the second straight season, but two of the three close singles matches went to the Lady Shells, who continued on to win the match, 6-3.

    In both team’s season-opener, Vandalia’s Abby Hickerson, a senior and the No. 3 player, earned Vandalia’s only singles win, downing Jane Pratt, 6-0, 6-4.

    The Lady Vandals’ No. 2 Callie George, a senior, won the first set of her match against Josie Mosinalli, 6-4, but Mosinalli rallied back to beat George, 1-6, 4-6, in the final two sets.

  • Clough remembers the St. Elmo area oil boom

    Norman Clough, who is 83 years old, has a very clear memory of the days that are referred to as the “Oil Boom” in the St. Elmo area.

  • Brownstown tops Mulberry Grove at Ramsey Tournament

    RAMSEY – Brownstown senior Brady McDowell capped off an eventful game with a two-run homer that gave the Bombers their final margin of 7-2 against Mulberry Grove at the Ramsey Tournament on Tuesday.

    McDowell earlier in the game had a plume of dust float into his eyes and was later accused of intentionally throwing dirt toward a Mulberry Grove player.

    "There was some intensity there, and the guy got his cleat stuck in Brady's arm sleeve," said Brownstown coach Ken Milano. "He says as he was trying to get up, the dirt just flew.

  • Patoka defeats hosts at Ramsey Tourney

    RAMSEY - Quinn Wadkins pitched a complete game, had three hits and scored four times to power Patoka past Ramsey on the second day of the Ramsey Tournament.

    Wadkins also had four steals during the 9-1 victory.

    He led off Tuesday's game with a bloop single and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.

    With a 3-0 lead by the end of the top of the first, after Jake Orrell and Mark Rogers scored, Wadkins struck out two batters in the bottom half.

  • K-Moe's upsets Buckstop, wins slo-pitch tournament

    K-Moe's upset Buckstop Archery, 10-9, last Thursday in the championship semifinals of the Vandalia men's slo-pitch single elimination tournament, and then went on to beat Ugly Koyote, 17-5, to take the title.

    Jeremy Logue in the seventh inning hit a two-run homer to break an 8-8 tie against Buckstop, and K-Moe's would retire the final batter with the winning run on base.

    Against Ugly Koyote, Logue's bases-loaded triple gave K-Moe's a 10-run lead in the sixth inning to end the game.

    Logue was named tournament MVP.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug. 25, 2011

    • Greg M. Liggett, 42, Alma, was arrested on Aug. 23 for failure to appear in Macon County court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joseph A. Barker, 29, 2224 Berg Trail, Fillmore, was arrested on Aug. 22 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Bond was $3,000.
    • Jan S. Jameson, 39, Harvey, was arrested on Aug. 22 on charges of driving while license was suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.