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Today's News

  • Jr. Lady Eagles fall in title game

    EFFINGHAM – The St. Elmo Junior High School softball team made a comeback, but fell short in the end against St. Anthony during the regional championship game on Monday.

    The Jr. Lady Eagles erased an early 6-2 deficit, but allowed eight runs in the last two innings to give St. Anthony the 14-6 win.

    "I am very proud of the girls for the way they competed this year," said assistant coach Tom Fedrigon. "This is a very talented and hard-working group of athletes.

    "This is definitely something to build on for next year."

  • St. Elmo survives scare from Ramsey

    ST. ELMO – There was plenty of fight in the Ramsey High School volleyball team on Monday night, but there just wasn't enough time for it to beat St. Elmo.

    The Lady Rams won the first set and made a nice comeback in the second, but St. Elmo led the entire third set to win the match, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17.

    “Our middle (hitters) found a weakness in their defense and took advantage,” said St. Elmo coach Elise Asher. “(And) we found a spot in their serve-receive that we could take advantage of.”

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept. 15)

    VANDALIA VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY SCHEDULE
    Sept. 17
    Pool A (at VCHS)
    •8 a.m. – Vandalia vs. Beecher City
    •9 a.m. – Carlyle vs. Lebanon
    10 a.m. – Vandalia vs. Lebanon
    •11 a.m. – Carlyle vs. Beecher City
    •12 p.m. – Lebanon vs. Beecher City
    •1 p.m. – Vandalia vs. Carlyle
    •2 p.m. – Third-place game
    •3 p.m. –Championship game
    Pool B (at VJHS)
    •8 a.m. – S. Central vs. Brownstown

  • Changes made to IHSA wrestling

    The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors on Monday approved a recommendation for a format change to the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals.

    The new format will feature 16 qualifiers in each of the 14 weight classes in each of the three school classes.

    The format will also feature consolation wrestlebacks beginning after the quarterfinal rounds, and the top six individuals in each weight class will medal.

  • Temperance Lodge hosting first annual golf tournament

    Temperance Lodge No. 16 is hosting its inaugural golf tournament on Saturday at Indian Springs Golf Course.

    The outing will include many different activities and prizes.

    The four-person scramble is open to men and women, and teams will compete for trophies and monetary prizes for first, second and third places.

    In addition, there will be four hole-in-one contests, closest-to-the-hole contest, longest putt and longest drive. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also take place during the event.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club held its Aug. 26 luncheon and meeting at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and five guests attending.
    Guests present were Marge Harre, Pam Orr, Kenneth Hagen, Jane Hammond and Stacey Langston. The pledge of allegiance was given and followed with Brock Fisher asking the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened with President Dean Black welcoming guests and members.

  • Walk raises $7,204

    The Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Rogier Park in Vandalia drew 197 participants and raised $7,204.

    The money raised will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "The walk was a huge success," said event coordinator Nicolette Rikli. Sponsors of the walk included Walmart, County Market, McDonald's and Casey's.

  • Card Shower

    Marge Mills
    A card shower has been requested for Marge Mills, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sept. 23.
    Cards may be sent to 719 Sunset, Longmont, Colo. 80501.

  • Birth

    Emily Marie Townsend
    Zach and Jenna Townsend of Brownstown are the parents of a daughter born at 12:46 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • K of C MH Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Knights of Columbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations for programs that benefit mentally handicapped children in Fayette County, including Special Olympics, FAYCO Enterprises activiteis and EMH/TMH activities at local schools. With Gottman is Mike Sahr, the MH chairman for the Fayette County Knights of Columbus.