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Today's News

  • Two double-doubles lead Vandals to win in conference-opener

    GILLESPIE - Double-doubles from Chase Woolsey and Michael Wells plus 20 points from Tim Ritchey propelled the Vandals in a fast-paced 76-60 South Central Conference win at Gillespie on Friday.

    Woolsey had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Wells had 16 points and 10 rebounds, in his first career double-double. Aaron Harter added 14 points.

    The Vandals pulled out to a 42-25 halftime lead, but Gillespie battled back in the third period, coming out of the break with a more physical style that alowed the Miners to get back within six points at one time.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Hillsboro

    The Lady Vandals held an early advantage, but Hillsboro’s Shelby Gray stole the show in the second half of a 58-40 loss to Hillsboro on Thursday.

    Gray had a game-high 29 points for the Lady Toppers, including all of their second-quarter points.

    The win also marked the 200th in the career of Hillsboro coach Brett Tuetken.

    Senior Amber Bruno had 13 points to lead Vandalia, and junior Morgan Cripe had a career-high 12 rebounds.

  • Wrestlers pick up first win of the season

    On Thursday, Vandalia dismantled South Central Conference opponent Hillsboro, 65-15, recording seven pins during the dual meet.

    At 285 pounds, freshman Kendrick Woolsey recorded a pin in 1:59 in his first-ever varsity match, and freshman Bobby Bradley (170) was also in his first varsity match, but he was pinned in 1:28.

    Sophomore Ryne Lipsey (113) had the fastest pin of the night, taking down Nichole Vieweg in 23 seconds.

  • Conservation loans available

    Funds are now available from the Illinois Farm Service Agency for guaranteed conservation loans.  
    Those loans allow farmers to implement conservation practices on their land that will help protect natural resources.  
    “Guaranteed Conservation Loans are a useful alternative to help operators implement any Natural Resources Conservation Service-approved conservation practice, including waste management systems, conservation structures or water conservation measures,” said Scherrie V. Giamanco, FSA state executive director.  

  • Teaching the next generation

    After receiving statewide recognition last year for her volunteer work on behalf of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, Martha Cripe of Bluff City was recently honored by the national organization.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Edith Elliott
    What a day! What a joy! On Monday, it was 70 degrees outside, but we enjoyed the spirit of Christmas inside Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
    Donna Smith greeted us with a medley of beautiful Christmas carols: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “There’s a Song in the Air” and “Joy to the World,” to name a few.

  • Church Briefs

    Christmas cantata this Sunday at FUMC

    The choir at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will present its annual Christmas cantata at 10 a.m. this Sunday.
    This year's cantata is titled, "And On Earth, Peace."
    The church is located at 127 N. Fourth St. For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Liberty Christian choir program Sunday

    The choir at Liberty Christian Church will present a program called "Wonderful Joy" at 10 a.m. this Sunday.

  • Giving yourself away is the way to find meaning

    In November, Joy and I went to Buffalo, N.Y., and saw Niagara Falls, among other things.

  • KC will offer weekend business courses at Vandalia Campus

    Kaskaskia College continues to offer classes at times and places that are convenient to the students of the district.
    The Education Centers at Greenville, Nashville, Salem, Trenton and Vandalia have collaborated to offer the Small Business Accounting Certificate and the Certificate of Accounting that will start in the spring 2013semester.
    A Small Business Accounting Certificate requires 22 credit hours and by continuing classes, students can obtain a Certificate of Accounting requiring 34 hours.

  • KC Vandalia Campus spring registration is under way

    Registration for classes at the KC Vandalia Campus for the 2013 spring semester is now in progress.
    Most spring classes will begin the week of Jan. 14, 2013.