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Today's News

  • Jr. Vandals to play for third in own tourney

    VANDALIA – The Jr. Vandals will play for third place in their own eighth-grade tournament.

    Vandalia was knocked off by St. Elmo on Tuesday in the championship semifinals of the 26th annual event. The third-place game is on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High, with the championship game to follow.

    St. Elmo will meet Pana in that game, after Pana beat Central A&M on Tuesday.

    Pana won the event in 2010 and 2012, but St. Elmo hasn't captured a championship since 2004.

  • Aces upset St. Elmo

    Two players had season-highs in scoring, and the Aces fended off a late rally to upset St. Elmo last Friday in Egyptian-Illini Conference action.

    Sophomore Damian Latham had a career-high 23 points, and junior Devonta Williamson had a season-high 16 in the 57-56 victory at Mulberry Grove High School.

    The Aces led throughout much of the first three quarters, taking a nine-point lead into the final period, but St. Elmo would score 20 points in the final eight minutes cut down the lead.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 24)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Jan. 24)

    Eagles fall in first round
    of NTC Tournament
    St. Elmo was defeated by Cowden-Herrick for the second time this season on Tuesday in the first round of the National Trail Conference Tournament.
    The Eagles lost, 56-46.
    Junior Levi Maxey led in scoring with 16 points, and senior Connor Beasley added 14.
    The No. 5 Eagles (10-9) will play No. 8 Neoga in the consolation bracket on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
    Tuesday, Jan. 22
    Cowden-Herrick 56
    St. Elmo 46
    S: 16-10-10-10—46
    C: 10-16-13-17—56

  • Brownstown cook-out is on Feb. 1

    The Brownstown Sports Boosters are holding a winter cook-out next Friday.

    The event will begin at 5 p.m. prior to the boys basketball game against St. Elmo.

    A ribeye sandwich meal will  be $6, a pork burger sandwich meal will be $5 and a hot dog meal will be $2.

    A meal includes chips, drink and a homemade dessert.

    Sandwichs may be purchased separately.

  • Vandalia Jr. Wrestling results (Jan. 24)

    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling club participated in Sunday's Jon Davis Kids' open at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield.


  • Senior Spotlight: Kellie Crain

    FARINA – South Central senior Kellie Crain has elected to continue her softball career in college.

    Crain signed her letter of intent to play catcher for Shawnee Community College for the next two seasons.

    “They are getting a player who works hard and has improved each year,” said Lady Cougars coach Gary Kapper. “When she gets down there, I think she will improve even more, since she’ll be focused strictly on softball.”

  • Hill competing in state queen pageant this week

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

  • Wedding

    Dana Frances Kirk and Craig Michael Kern, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a ceremony on Sept. 29, 2012, at Liberty Church in Bingham.

  • Anniversary

    Don and Emily Ehrat of rural Shobonier will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday at the Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall in rural Shobonier.